Essentials, meditation, Mindfulness
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First Things First – Love Yourself.

“Like a lit candle can light another candle, only one who has, can give. One who is love can kindle the love”

Sri Sri.

From personal experience, I became happier and more fulfilled over the years by cultivating love, happiness, and fulfillment from within. More importantly, I learned to focus on myself instead of others. As I shift focus toward myself I am placing the state of my happiness inside the palms of my hands. Disregards of the external circumstances, I will always choose optimism and positivity. This is the attitude that made me successful in my career and feel fulfilled and happy everyday, no matter what goes wrong or right.

Indeed, this is how you love yourself in addition to eating healthy and staying physically active. How I learned to cultivate love, happiness, and fulfillment from within is through a daily meditation routine before bed and first thing in the morning. Meditation guides me towards self-awareness to gain a deeper sense of who I am, what makes me happy, and how I must change to become happier and more fulfilled.

The fastest, most direct route to self-awareness and learning to truly love yourself, is meditation. Meditation takes us straight to our true selves. It teaches us about forgiveness, compassion and acceptance. Meditation reconnects us. It awakens that part of ourselves that is pure presence. When we meditate we have the actual experience of inner peace and a deep inner calm. We learn to authentically love — everyone —including ourselves.

Huffington Post

I wake up at 6:20 am every morning. I put on a pair of headphones that I had left on my bedside table the night before, and meditate for 15 minutes with the following guided meditation.

This meditation must be done before other activities. The purpose is to – first things first – remind yourself that you are in control of your thoughts and happiness, disregards of the circumstances around you. You will start your day with self-love and kindness, which will create a positive attitude that will resonate to others as you go through your day.

Receiving Loving-Kindness

Keeping your eyes closed, think of a person close to you who loves you very much. It could be someone from the past or the present; someone still in life or who has passed; it could be a spiritual teacher or guide. Imagine that person standing on your right side, sending you their love. That person is sending you wishes for your safety, for your well-being and happiness. Feel the warm wishes and love coming from that person towards you.

Now bring to mind the same person or another person who cherishes you deeply. Imagine that person standing on your left side, sending you wishes for your wellness, for your health and happiness. Feel the kindness and warmth coming to you from that person.

Now imagine that you are surrounded on all sides by all the people who love you and have loved you. Picture all of your friends and loved ones surrounding you. They are standing sending you wishes for your happiness, well-being, and health. Bask in the warm wishes and love coming from all sides. You are filled, and overflowing with warmth and love.

University of California, Berkeley

Thank you for taking the time to nourish your mind with self-love and by cultivating your happiness from within.

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