As I stated in a previous post, the mind, body, and soul are the all encompassing dwelling place of the spirit. When you tend to any of these areas of the self you are essentially tending to your spirit. Love and in particular self love is one of the most poignant spiritual practices you can practice. In essence, most of what I have shared over the past few days are self love practices, because they are ways to care for and uplift your spirit. I believe in our connectedness to the universe and so i believe that in loving the earth, the world around you, people in your life, human-kind, animal kind, all living beings, connecting to and loving this existence; all of this is an act of loving yourself. However the practices I will share with you today are intentional practices specific to loving the for loving the spirit in you. To believe in myself, I work to trust and love myself. These two acts are our strongest spiritual gifts to ourselves. Regardless as to what you can do for others, your relationship with yourself and particularly your ability to love AND trust yourself is connected to how you love and trust others as well as how you love and trust the God of your understanding. So often we are taught to love and trust God yet we are not encouraged to love and trust ourselves for we are the divine incarnate! In all these, even loving God, we have to love the divine self. If you struggle to believe in your own divinity, I can understand why It may be hard to trust and love yourself in the way that I am speaking about....I struggled with this as well. It is a job that I am committed to because over the past couple of years, I have realized that trusting myself and loving myself is the difference in being on the earth existing and being on this earth doing what I cam here to do. The two practices I am about to share with you are two of many that help me to regularly check in to the belief in myself and into the divine creation of myself. Being intentional with yourself and connected to yourself are not just acts of self love, they are acts of self sustainability. That is the whole reason we have spiritual practices, in order to sustain ourselves. One of our main motivations in life is to survive. When the complications of existence cause me to get out of balance, self love practices help me center.
Here are some activities that I do to love myself so that I can raise/maintain my vibration: 1) I listen to affirming music and lyrics and turn the lyrics in on myself. This might sound corny, but the things I hear myself saying because of the words I am hearing shifts my belief in what I am saying. The music, hearing myself, and the beat, are all just such a blessings to my spirit! Often times I cry out and other times, I go into deep meditation while doing this. Changing lyrics from a love ballad or even a party song with the right lyrics and singing it to myself or writing them to myself has been such an act of self love and affirmation that works to bring my spirit up and to make me say to myself what is sometimes hard to say. (I have also done this with the 1st Corinthians scripture from the bible as well as) This can be called an invocation which my definition is the action of invoking something or someone for assistance or as an authority. Music is a divine creation and it truly assist me!
2) I take what many call a Spiritual Bath. I am still learning some of the remedies and recipes, but one that I do use is sweet smelling soap and or honey and Florida Water (about a shot glass worth). I soak after cleaning my body in shower first, that way I can absorb the sweetness and the cleansing energy of the Florida Water. Bitter herbs draw out negative energy and sweeter smells and herbs draw in sweetness. I soak anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on if I am setting a clearing/cleansing intention or if I am soaking for the purposes of relaxation and intentional self time. I am careful to pat myself dry so that the sweetness lingers and I use my best oils and Shea butter to lotion and tend to my body in the most loving and intentional ways.---At times, I do both of these practices in the same day and or with the intention to journal during or after. So much comes up and out of me after being so intentionally loving to myself.
Do you have a similar practice? Do you feel connected to your divinity when you care for yourself? Do you take significant amounts of time to love on yourself? Do you plan to do this practice or some variation of it? Share your personal self love practice below so that others can gain from it as well. Share how it feels to be loving toward yourself. Share your thoughts on self love or just think on this and move on. Either way, I wish you blessings and light on your journey!
Join me for Day 9 tomorrow. I will be sharing practices with the theme of Creativity. ♥ Coach Meicka