Author : Saniya Zehra
“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Siddhartha Gautama Buddha
We have all, at least once in our lives, made conscious and desperate measures to find happiness. However, the pursuit has seemed to fail; especially when efforts made were most frenzied. That is because we’ve searched every where, except inside our own selves.
The happiness we wish to seek from the world around- the things and the beings- are transient and facile. What’s eternal is self love.
In the bleakness of the world however, the act of self love has often been condemned as a moral flaw, similar to selfishness. What we forget is that self love is the foremost prerequisite for loving others. Also, something that has the power to make one grow as a person, can’t teach them to win at the expense of others. That’s arrogance, not self love.
In the rat race to always achieve what we don’t have, we overlook what we already have. We do this because of the state of oblivion we’ve pushed ourselves into. Forget introspection, we start playing with our conscience too. We make ourselves our last priority and sometimes even land up being mean as an act of insecurity. All because we forget to love ourselves. Loving self could be so easy and would yield oh so many blessings! The calm and the balance we achieve by loving ourselves is equivalent to the utmost divinity a hunan can achieve, no doubt in that!
Author Elizabeth Gilbert wrote in her book, Eat Pray Love, “the expansion of one person- the magnification of one life- is indeed an act of worth in this world.” We just have to let that one person to be our own self.
It’s time for us to be charmed by our own achievements. It’s time we revisit the set of values we were raised with, adding one to it- to love our own self.
Let us all dwell into self love to feel the ecstasy we’ve longed for all this time.
And in that joy, let’s take out a moment of gratitude- a silent thank you said to self.