Each life is a journey. Our paths are different, but our destination is the same. This is a blog about one important aspect of our journey:
Loving the Self, Wholly and Completely, and Acknowledging that the Self is Deserving of Such Love.
Honoring the Self is the Regular Practice of:
Acknowledging some part of my life — a good habit maintained, a positive event, a new thought, a kind deed, an agreement kept, any small or large part of life that is pleasant, beautiful and/or desired — and allowing myself to feel true love and gratitude to myself for it. “I honor myself for….”
This blog is devoted to the practice of choosing to stop whatever I’m doing to actively honor myself on a daily basis, or perhaps two or three times per day. It is also devoted to your moments of Honoring. I hope we can inspire each other to love and value ourselves, and hence everyone we come in contact with, as fully as possible while in these humanly containers we’ve been given.
Me: I am but an individual, one of the millions of regular people going about their days at work and play, online and off, cooking and cleaning, stuck in traffic with the radio sometimes on and sometimes off. I have recently learned that who I am is not as important as what I am.
Who I am is an identity externally transmitted.
What I am is my choice, and I am a being capable of anything and everything so long as I believe myself worthy of my goals and practice actively imagining the future fulfillment of my dreams as though it were happening now.
I am using several tools currently to aid in my self-work. And yes, it is work: I am developing the habit of daily practice of select exercises across several modalities. I have found the practice of Honoring Self so incredibly powerful that I feel it must be shared. This simple exercise — once again, of choosing something, anything out of my daily life to be proud of, acknowledging it, and allowing myself to feel true love and gratitude to myself for it — took me from a dark depression to renewed hope and possibility within 3 weeks’ time.
As I read and learn and find new methods and exercises developed by others ahead of me on the path, I am picking and choosing the ones that best suit me, my needs, my personality, my goals, my lifestyle. I encourage you to do the same. If you begin a self-realization course and it doesn’t quite fit — take the best parts and leave the rest. Keep those best parts close while you try out the next. And keep going until you find what works for you. In doing so, you will be honoring your personal path and process — and hence, honoring yourself.
I do admit to being an American — feel free to imagine the word “honour” where you will. 😉