IN THE BUSYNESS OF SELF-LOVE

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “All About Love: New Visions” by Bell Hooks.

Today I pray, “Dear God, When we feel busy only because we are not offering ourselves enough self-love, perhaps there is a lesson or lessons to be learned in these timeframes. Yet I believe self-love is life’s ultimate lesson. How do we create self-love busyness? Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage:

“One of the best guides to how to be self-loving is to give ourselves the love we are often dreaming about receiving from others. There was a time when I felt lousy about my over-forty body, saw myself as too fat, too this, or too that. Yet I fantasized about finding a lover who would give me the gift of being loved as I am. It is silly, isn’t it, that I would dream of someone else offering to me the acceptance and affirmation I was withholding from myself. This was a moment when the maxim “You can never love anybody if you are unable to love yourself” made clear sense. And I add, “Do not expect to receive the love from someone else you do not give yourself.”
—BELL HOOKS

Pay close attention to this. And remember that you, too, have the power to heal and change a situation. Any situation. With your healing approach, you can create peace on earth. This peace starts within, as self-love, and grows and ever expands to reach us all. Thank you for your gifts of your self-love to the world.

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