The reason it’s important to practice self-love is that you may not have been taught how to love yourself. In fact, you may have learned the opposite habits of self-criticism and self-sacrifice.
We live in the feeling of our thoughts, and our feelings drive our actions. Self-love is a combination of empowering self-talk and daily self-care. Loving yourself is the way to experience wholeness and inner peace.
The dove symbolizes love and peace. It's a reminder to soar above the turmoil and find peace within yourself. Doves represent the gentleness of spirit you need to love yourself more fully and experience pure wholeness.
Everyone has both a masculine and a feminine side. The active masculine aspect is your body/mind; the receptive feminine aspect is your heart/spirit. When your body/mind are balanced and aligned you hold the power to love the feminine side. When your heart/spirit are balanced and aligned you have the wisdom to love the masculine side. This is the kind of self-love that awakens wholeness and inspires a soul-directed life.
Surround yourself with people who love themselves and who encourage you to take good care of yourself. If someone in your life is only interested in what you can do for them, teach them to practice more self-love by setting an example.
Make time to be with yourself first thing in the morning and before bed at night. Having a morning and nighttime ritual to check-in with your soul and find out what it needs will go a long way towards loving yourself unconditionally.
Pay attention to your self-talk and the way you feel. If your inner critic is active you'll probably feel sad, frustrated, angry or anxious. You can thank it for sharing and then focus on something you love about yourself or your life to get back on track. You'll know by your emotional state when you've made the shift from fear to love.
Treat others the way you would like to be treated. The Golden Rule applies to yourself as well. Treat yourself the way you would like others to treat you. Set an intention to live from your heart and you're golden.
Let go of past traumas. The wounds that you carry with you can be healed by self-love. If people have been unkind to you in the past the best thing you can do is forgive them, move on, and be kind to yourself in the present.