The Greatest Love

The greatest love of all
Is happening to me.
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me.
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve.
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all.

– Whitney Houston, Greatest Love of All

valentines-day

There’s so much expectation around Valentine’s Day, isn’t there? Roses, candy, and a candlelit dinner shared with someone special.

It can be a real let-down if we don’t get that!

But I believe the relationship we have with our own beautiful self is THE most important one of all.

Which got me thinking that perhaps the most appropriate way to celebrate Valentine’s Day…or ANY day, for that matter…would be to expand the love we already feel Valentine's Dayinside — for ourselves — into something greater.

I’ve heard many times over the years that I can only love another to the extent that I love myself.

Also, someone can only love me as much as I love myself.

Loving myself seems to be the source of feeling greater love for others and for receiving more of it myself!

As you may know from one of my previous posts, I have a word for this year: Self-Love.

By making self-love my focus for the year, I want to see how it deepens for me, as well as what experiences I encounter that highlight this quality.

I suspect I’ll discover places in myself that need much more love, and perhaps I’ll also recognize parts of myself that are very loved — and loving — already.

Yet although I intellectually know the greatest love of all is inside of me, I can still shift into fear quite easily at times.

So, I’m committed to doing the inner work of staying connected to love, no matter what. I know that the love I feel affects both the love I give and the love I receiveGreatest Love, which motivates me to practice this love connection.

It’s a practice I do every single day.

My guide is A Course in Miracles. There are other beautiful guides as well.

I offer you two simple ways that I use to stay connected to the love inside of me, and to help it expand and grow.

The first may seem really obvious.

Silently say ‘I love you’ to yourself over and over, and over.

At first you may feel silly, like what you’re saying is contrived and fake, but your inner self will take it in and believe it.

Put your hand over your heart as you say it and see how it feels. I think you’ll really love it!

Another simple tool is to write out a couple sentences stating the words you’d love to have heard someone else say to you in your life.

Then, say this statement of love repeatedly to yourself.

For me, the words I yearned most to hear as a child and young adult were “You’re important to me.”

I now offer these words to myself frequently throughout the day.

My precious inner child doesn’t know the difference between someone else saying them or me saying them.

She and I get the loving words I wanted most, and I don’t have to wait for anyone else to offer them to me.

Self Love

Each and every day — not just on Valentine’s Day — offer yourself the love you most want, knowing the greatest love of all is truly happening inside of you.

And watch your world unfold in miraculous ways!

Much love!
Alicia

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