When I mention your first love what comes to mind? Now, I’m not talking about the fleeting memory of a former lover or your first kiss. In reality you are your first love. You came into this world knowing who you are, feeling your connection to God, simply opening to a new adventure of life on earth.
So what happened? Like everyone else on the planet you created ways to navigate life in this three dimensional world: ways to fit in, to be accepted, and to feel OK inside. At the same time, you may have been taught that loving yourself is egotistical.
Do you sometimes long for a greater connection to the source of love, the God presence within you? Perhaps you have a yearning for greater clarity on your purpose in life and on your innate gifts seeking to be expressed.
The full richness of love cannot be received or shared until there is a re-membering that you are your first love. So many people feel depleted because they give, give, give. When you begin to nurture yourself as your first love, you are able to give from the overflow.
How can you begin to live in the blessing of knowing you are OK no matter what seems to be happening in your life? The simple practice of honoring yourself is the key. It’s easy to honor someone you hold in high esteem, such as Mahatma Gandhi or Mother Teresa. When you honor there is an inner recognition by the person honored that “I am real”. When honoring yourself you realize that you can be seen, heard and recognized. It starts with you feeling, at your core, that you are real. You are here for a reason and you can live on purpose.
Practice of Honor:
Take a few deep breaths allowing all thoughts to be lifted as you attention drops into the heart. With the energy of your heart, not with words or with the thoughts of your mind, allow your heart muscle to communicate, “I choose to honor myself now.” With your choice, you merely allow your heart to open for the energy of honor to emerge. Each person has a different experience. For me it feels as if a part of me comes out in front of me and is bowing in honor to me. As this happens I merely open to accept the energy. On a few occasions I have actually felt a part of myself coming forth to kiss my own feet! Your experience may be dramatic or very subtle. Have no expectation, simply allow. Stay present with it, accepting the energy of honor until it subsides.
Honor is a powerful energy. It includes appreciation, respect and recognition, plus a unique frequency of love emerges through the honor. It is healing. In fact, it is the antidote for judgment held in the cells. As a daily practice, you will begin to know at a deep level that you can live in your true nature. Each day, honor yourself and then your life just as it is. How often have you navigated life based on the limitations of past experiences, to the worry or fear of what may happen in the future? Through honor life moves into harmony with now. Once you see yourself and your current situation is seen as real, new possibilities can emerge.
Are you ready to discover new rich facets of love? This love is the joy that flows as you reignite the child-like wonder that is real within you. Your journey begins with re-membering you are your first love.