Inner Peace Podcast #2: Healing through self-love

I’m focusing on loving yourself for one more week because a couple people asked questions that I thought were important to address.

This week’s quotes:

“Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives.” ~ Akshay Dubey

“Love is a spiritual journey toward wholeness.” ~ Mia Rose

Loving yourself is the most important thing you can do, yet it is also the thing people avoid doing most. We think to ourselves, “I already know that. The answer must be something else.” The problem is that we simply don’t take the time to stop and practice the principles of love, peace and healing we already know.

Watch the video or listen to the podcast to hear about my personal, biggest turning point for healing by learning to love myself. It was one of the most painful moments, but it allowed me to face some of the deepest fears of my life and allow the healing to truly set in. Love was the power that allowed me to heal. It gave me the courage to walk my own path, to step into the darkness, and a frequently solitary path.

This Week’s Takeaways:

Personal healing creates inner-peace. Love is the healing power. It gives us the courage to face our demons, and heal from our past. As we embrace our demons and heal our hearts our inner-peace grows. In other words, we will find peace as we heal our hearts. The world will find peace when the world heals.

Love from others can never replace the love you must have for yourself. I have the best friends in the world. I can never overestimate the way their love has helped me love myself. But we must never use others’ love as an excuse not to do our own healing. Using their love as a crutch keeps us weak and wounded within. When that love is gone, we are still suffering inside. Instead, we can use others’ love as a bridge to build our own love of self. When others’ love is gone, we are strong because we learned to love ourselves.

Homework Ideas:

  1. What walls have you built around your heart? We often build walls around us to keep us safe and to keep harmful people or events out. After time, those wall eventually become a prison around our heart, locking love out. What walls might you have built that no longer serve you and might even be causing suffering within?
  2. Now, how can you tear down those walls? What tools can you use to strengthen your heart so you no longer need those walls? Here’s a hint, the top three tools for inner strength and personal healing are Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Compassion.

Final quote:

“What happens when people open their hearts?” “They get better.” ― Haruki Murakami

Photo credit: Eric Didier

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