Oh how I love Valentine’s Day. I’ll take any excuse to tell the ones close to me that I love them. I love the hearts, the pink and the red, the chocolate and the love. I love love, I really do. I truly think it is important that we all share our love with one another. I think love can conquer all things and can make life worth living. Giving love is the greatest gift you can give to someone, and it keeps on giving.
Last night I taught a yoga class for the first time in a few months and it was particularly special to me. I really enjoy teaching because I am able to plan the class and think about the meaning behind it all. This past month I have been pretty sick more than once, and it has led me to think about how I take my health for granted on a daily basis. I think about how lucky I am to just simply be a healthy, injury free twenty-one year old. I can walk wherever I want to go and do whatever I want to do without any health limitations. That right there is truly a gift that I should be thankful for.
Our health is so important and impacts our lives a great deal. Think about how much better your day is when you’ve gotten a great night sleep, have been eating well, and exercising consistently. On the contrary, think about how bad you feel when you’ve eaten junk, lost sleep and have missed a few too many workouts. Just by simply taking care of ourselves every day can add up to a life full of energy and adventure. So what does this have to do with love? Well my darlings, if you do not love yourself, you will not take care of yourself. “Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you.” – Doctor Suess. So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to take care of yourself too. Appreciate your body and its abilities and limitations. Love yourself for the way you look because you’re beautiful without a doubt. Let the love for yourself empower you to love others and look at them in the same way. We are all in the same boat, trying to find our balance in the world that wants to throw us off. We are all worthy of love.
“Practice love until you remember you are love.” – swami sai premananda