It’s important to recognize that self-love is an unfolding process that gains strength over time, not a goal with a fixed end point. When we start to pay attention, we see that we’re challenged daily to act lovingly on our own behalf. Simple gestures of respect — care of the body, rest for the mind, and beauty for the soul in the form of music and art or nature – are all ways of showing ourselves love.
Really, all of our actions – from how we respond when we can’t fit into our favorite pair of jeans to the choice of foods we eat – can signify self-love or self-sabotage. So can the way we react when a stranger cuts us off in line, a friend does something hurtful, or we get an unwelcome medical diagnosis. — Sharon Salzberg (from Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection #BK576)
Beauty for the soul in the form of music and art or nature
The harp has been shown in clinical studies to have measurable therapeutic benefits for reducing stress and anxiety, inducing restful sleep, and helping listeners release physical and emotional suffering. This CD of original harp compositions was designed by psychologist SaraJane Williams to soothe your mind, relax your body, and bring you into a peaceful state of being.
Incorporating art and nature into your daily life, can be done easily with an inspirational piece of artwork such as this blossoming Lotus photographic print from photographer Laura McGlone. The lotus is a reminder to persevere through life’s murkiness and difficulties as we blossom into the fullness and beauty of our own wise and compassionate heart.
Or on a bigger scale, such as this meditation garden created by one of our customers featuring Kuan Yin. Kuan Yin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, adds grace and beauty to any garden setting. Her name means “she who hears the cries of the world.”
- Sharon Salzberg
It’s not too late to join beloved meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg for a six-week exploration of Real Love. Drawing from her expertise in loving kindness practice, she’ll guide us in cultivating unconditional love for ourselves, those close to us, and ultimately for all beings.