Liberation : Front :Posted: July 11, 2014 | Author: CultFit | Filed under: Meditation, Yoga | Tags: blogging, compassion, cycling, exercise, family, fitness, free range, freshly pressed, friends, gluten free, GONG Ride, happiness, health, hope, kindness, life, love, lululemon, marathon, meditation, motivation, natural, nature, Omaha, paleo, passion, perspective, running, social media, Summer, trail running, writing, yoga, Zen |5 Comments
If you’ve got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing-
There are an infinite amount of wellness, exercise, health, fitness, yoga and “whatever” blogs, websites and apps that offer endless advice opportunities to improve ourselves, although until we learn how to love our true selves, and nurture these fragile new shoots? It’s unlikely we’ll find the love we seek. When we approach our search for self-love as an intimate journey, and not as a Strava race against time, a punishing series of new workouts or some extreme mud run, everything changes.
In the last five years of seeking a relationship with myself (you read that correctly – some dude learning to love himself … Not a cool thing to admit now isn’t it?), I have spent an incalculable amount of hours looking for love in places that lacked love: Battering my body early every morning in the gym and trail running until exhaustion before bed, using “extreme” and “trendy” training methods I read about online that had little to do with self-love. Concealing all traces of my unseemly need to be someone who I was not … I was endlessly engrossed seeking to be the best. However, as it turns out, this path led me a life of pain and ruin.
As much as we are led to believe that finding self-love and accepting who we really are is all about maxing out each and every rep, improving our appearance in yoga class, or beating every goddamn person in this marathon … It’s ultimately our inner spirit that lets us find and keep real, lasting love. When we learn to bring our inner spirit into the ways we search for self-love? This is when the real changes begin to happen in our lives.
Through exploring and finding our own deeper insights, we transform and deepen our search for self-love … I have finally come to believe that these moments of self-reflection move us more quickly to finding self-love than anything else we will read about today.
Thank you Claudia for the recent award and for inspiring me to finally publish this post.
Great post. We are all on this same struggle/journey in some way or another. Learning to love and care for yourself just as you would care for your child or your most beloved or anyone you meet on your journey. It’s a struggle to push and progress but have the balance to not punish or cause pain to yourself, and not just physically. I ran for years. What punishment. Now Yoga, now meditation, now walking. Progress not punishment. To quote Ram Das we are all here on earth just to hold each other’s hands and walk each other home. Starting with yourself…
It is ALL about love…and it has to start with self love. Thank you for sharing…have a great weekend! 🙂
My pleasure, and I hope you do the very same this weekend – Take care. 🙂
Great post. Seems like we’re always looking for love in all the wrong places :)) As always, inspiring words … thankyou for sharing
My thoughts exactly! The problem is, is that I am often the main source of the problem to begin with. 🙂 I hope you had a great weekend – Take care!