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ParkoLife | The art of Self-Love

Happy Monday to you! This is Chiara! Finally I am coming up, leaving some space from motherhood every-day-challenge to reconnect to my Yoga world.

I've decided to keep you good company by creating a small post selection called Weekly Intentions.

This week’s intention is all about cultivating the beautiful habit of self-love, in approaching both your asana practice, as well as the practice of the mind.

The power of self-love.

Self-love has been a concept that is constantly talked about especially in the recent years, but yet at the same time, it is something that many of us struggle to practice.

Harnessing the power of self-love will not only transform the relationship with yourself, and also the relationship that you share with other people as well as practicing detachment from the material. Fully believing in your fullest potential, cultivating better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and taking mindful and healthful steps to eventually achieve your potential – be it physical, mental, spiritual – can also help you become better versions of yourself.

Here are some ways in which you can get started to cultivating greater self love in your daily lives:

1. Reframe negative self talk.

We often find ourselves engaging in negative self-talk, be it consciously or subconsciously. Sometimes we have the tendency to talk down to ourselves whenever we experience obstacles in our lives, no matter on or off the mat. It is important to reframe the way we speak to ourselves and understand that these negative self-talk go a long way in reducing self-esteem, confidence, and provides a higher tendency for us to give up whenever we are met with difficulties.

Instead of saying, “I am weak, I can’t do this at all”, say “If I continue to work hard, I will be able to achieve this one day”.

Or, instead of saying, “I will never be like him/her”, say “I am inspired by him/her to stay disciplined and one day I will achieve my target.”

That way, reframing negative self talk can help us seek out productive and sustainable ways for us to continue to find self-improvement, without constantly putting ourselves down.

2. Practice acceptance in your life.

While it is easy to practice acceptance whenever life seems fine and dandy, it is often difficult to find acceptance whenever the going gets tough. Being aware that impermanence of both the ups and downs allow us to stay a lot more present in life and stop constantly seeking and living in the future. Accepting that ‘this too, shall pass’ helps us to find contentment even when presented with challenges in life, and allow us to cope even with obstacles in the way.

Instead of constantly wishing that “I could have done this”, or “This would’ve been better”, trust that the path that you have set upon is the path that you are meant to undertake, and the challenges that you are presented with are life’s lessons that you are meant to learn as you grow as an individual.

3. Understand the power of choice in your emotions.

Whenever we are presented with negative situations or people in life, no matter in personal or professional life, we almost always react immediately to the situation and we often find ourselves getting consumed in anger, stress, and negativity. As we cultivate a habit to constantly take a step back and look at the situation in a more rational and less emotional way, we are often able to convince ourselves that our immediate reaction is not always the most healthy one – to our personal well-being at least. Especially in the case of negative situations, whenever we are able to understand that we have the power of choice to react (or not), and how we can react, we are able to stay calmer, more grounded, and a lot less high-strung.

We often create our reality through our own thoughts and emotions, and as a result, we also give out the energy that we have within us to the people around us.

I hope that this week’s intention assignment will provide you greater guidance in setting your intention both on and off the mat, helping you to create a more mindful yoga practice. Do share with me how your week went, and I will be more than happy to hear your thoughts and experiences. Have a beautiful week ahead! x

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