Caring is about Compassion

Caring for oneself is distinct from self-improvement endeavors. When viewed through the lens of ego, there’s a misconception that undesirable emotions such as sadness, fear, grief, and anger must be eradicated before one can experience self-love. This notion often stems from childhood experiences, shifting from a mindset of altering oneself to earn external affection to one of self-evaluation to earn internal approval.

While trust, loyalty, and respect are earned through actions, self-love operates on a different plane. It emanates from within, forged through deep connections with all facets of oneself, even those exhibiting distrust, disloyalty, or disrespect due to past wounds inflicted by others.

Embracing self-love doesn’t entail self-assessment under the scrutiny of ego-driven judgment. Instead, it involves moments of conscious choice, where one extends love to oneself, including the parts clamoring for improvement and those steeped in self-criticism or negative self-talk. It’s about realizing that self-accountability isn’t synonymous with self-flagellation, and growth doesn’t necessitate relentless self-criticism.

Approaching self-love as a nurturing indulgence rather than a punitive exercise unleashes a profound journey of self-realization and embodied mastery. It’s a departure from the distorted perception fueled by incessant self-critique, where the quest for improvement perpetuates a cycle of perceived inadequacy. The remedy lies not in eradication but in embracing a mindset that prioritizes nurturing self-compassion over relentless self-correction.

Through this shift in perspective, one transcends the need for external validation or intense emotions to signal the need for self-love. Instead, they become a vessel overflowing with love, no longer reliant on self-affirmation but embodying their inherent worth as a divine being. It’s a journey towards recognizing oneself as the embodiment of unconditional love, deserving of abundant affection and devoid of the burdensome obligation to constantly fix or improve.

In this new spiritual paradigm, the focus shifts from striving for more love or engaging in endless self-work to embracing oneself as a radiant expression of boundless love and inherent perfection. It’s a path paved with compassion, where self-love isn’t a destination but a perpetual state of being.

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