My Protestant Calvinist-leaning upbringing begs me to explain my earlier post on self love.
The basis for all love, as I see it, is not just a hopeful feel-good construct of the progression of evolution.
Love cannot exist without relationship. Relationship assumes Being.
The Being that I believe in is said to be love itself. Whatever that means at the very least this Being is the originator of love.
Real love isn’t some floaty feeling but rather action toward the loved. Would you respond to a lover who only thought nice thoughts about you but never acted in your behalf, never spoke their love or demonstrated it?
So when I talk of loving myself it is rooted in the eternal love of the Originator of love.
You may have noticed I’ve avoided the use of the word God or any specific pronoun. It’s not because I don’t have an opinion about that, but rather that often words, while they should be symbols of so much more, are triggers to associations that are limiting.
So back to that eternal love. It exists for every person. Love is for you, me, all of us. Knowing and relying on this is the foundation for a stable life. Get to know this Love. Read about it in the Bible or talk to someone who acts loving. Ask them the source of their love. You will begin to see yourself as someone ultimately valued and as a result you will be able to offer that supreme value to every other person.
It will change your life.