During my travels over the last month I had a mentor pose a question to me:
“If you only had 5 years left to live, what is the one message you know you need to dedicate yourself to?”
The answer came to me in the middle of the night after waking up from a bad dream.
In the dream I was being faced with a scary situation where I felt like I was losing someone I really loved. I woke up to my heart beating fast and my solar plexus tied up in knots.
Instinctively, I began listening to my breath and I placed my hands on my body. I welcomed all the sensations and let them wash over and through me.
I watched as the stories of my mind ran wild until eventually, my breath slowed and my heart beat became steady again.
I connected to a feeling of love I have in my heart, a love that over the years I have come to know is always with me.
I sent that love to every cell of my body.
As I lay awake in the middle of the night, I realized I had full power to love and soothe myself in a time of need, holding myself with compassion, the way a mother would hold a child.
It was in that moment I realized the power self-love has had on my life.
I asked myself: What if every challenge or difficult situation I am facing is actually an OPPORTUNITY to more deeply love myself?
I believe we all have the power to love ourselves through any challenge or difficulty in our lives.
I believe when we tap into the power of self-love, we no longer need to be afraid. We then have the ability to share our love without fear, to take risks, and to really stand up and share our gifts in the world.
Today I invite you to think about what challenge or difficulty you are currently facing... How could you see this challenge as an opportunity and invitation to even more deeply love yourself?
I'd be happy to hear your thoughts in the comments below.