Updated: Aug 12, 2020
An Act of Devotional Love to All of life.
The phrase radical self love can seem ambiguous or double-edged. Through this next series of blog posts and videos, Im going to share how the act of radical self love can change the world!
I first became aware to the phrase "radical self love" from Sonya Renee Taylor, author or The Body is Not an Apology. The reason this topic is so alive right now, is because human relationships are transforming the entire world. The relationship we have with ourselves, which effects our interpersonal relationships and the relationship we have with the living systems of nature. In my own experience, the act of radical self love has created more understanding in my relationships and enabled a greater balance in chaos and order with life as a whole.
Disclosure: coming into radical self love does not mean their will not be challenges. Because as you come into greater self love, some relationships (with self, other, your habits and your environment) that you've been in may not yet be ready for you to change or to change themselves.
My mom brought to my attention, that "the hippie movement seems strangely selfish". I can see where she is coming from with that and I believe people are transforming the radical human rights movement that started in the 60s from selfishness into wholeness. All part of the journey in evolution.
Im going to start with with what radical self love is Not. Selfish behavior, does not take into consideration others or the whole (all the "good" and "bad" of humanity, the earth and the universe). According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, Selfishness is exclusive or excessive concern with oneself; seeking or concentrating on one's own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others. Selfish DNA actively replicate repetitive sequence of nucleic acid that serves no known function. Selfish genes are genetic material solely concerned with its own replication.
There was a period in time where humanity did have to fight for its survival. That is no longer the case. We have greater abilities than ever to not only survive and thrive, that in the recent past, have encroached upon the balance that nature provides. I feel God/Source is working through us now, transforming the code of human DNA for a healthier relationship with nature. We are realizing now that humanity has imposed its own self righteous beliefs about how life should be onto nature. Nature has life and death cycles. Humanity (especially western culture) has done so many things to deny death, that it has caused a disharmony with the natural rhythms and cycles of nature. We are newly (in the past four decades) coming into a greater understanding with permaculture- a integrated way of living efficiently and sustainably with nature.
Let us affirm our nature, affirm life (and things that are comforting) and acknowledge death (and the things that are uncomfortable) as all beautiful and natural part of balancing the whole. Let us celebrate death (death of parts of our past selves, death of relationships, death of old habits), just as much as we celebrate life (newborn children, new relationship dynamics, trying something new). Its all beautiful and celebrated, because we came here to experience it all! Do not deny yourself the ability to enjoy all of life's offerings.
So what does radical self love actually look like? We will dive into how this might look in the next series of posts. Stay attuned...
Until then, if you cant wait to start your own path to Radical Self Love, then lets have a Discovery Call to see how I can support you in your journey-starting today!
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