“To love oneself, is the beginning of a life-long romance” – Oscar Wilde
Loving ourselves is one of the most empowering things we can do as human beings, but with the Valentine’s Day frenzy soon approaching, Tinder binges are already on the cards for many lonely hearts.
By searching for love outside of ourselves, we can sometimes neglect our own self-nurturing; the kindness, compassion and gratitude we’re all capable of giving ourselves. Thankfully, through a few simple self-compassion practices, winning our own hearts back can prove to be pretty easy.
Here are 5 ways to show yourself some unconditional love this Valentine’s Day, no strings attached:
1) Go to a sound bath at Kind Yoga
Sound baths – where mystical gongs and eternal chimes ring the good vibrations into each and every one of our bodily cells. According to Dr. Leonard Horowitz, there’s actually a specific love enhancing frequency that can be generated at 582 Hertz. It is the frequency that is central to the “musical mathematical matrix of creation.” More than any sound previously discovered, ‘The Love Frequency’ resonates at the heart of everything and is also closely linked to DNA repair. (1)
Surrender yourself to the good vibrations, ring in the sound of self-love this Valentine’s Day and join a soul-reviving sound meditation at Kind Yoga.
2) Hold your own self-love ceremony at home
Although holding a self-love ceremony might seem a little self-indulgent at first, celebrating the power of you can be an incredible boost to your self-esteem.
Holding a self-love ceremony is simple and powerful:
1) Create a safe and cozy space. Surround yourself with blankets and cushions, create ambience with candlelight, and consider burning sage to cleanse. And of course, don’t forget to have your favorite crystals nearby.
2) Clearly set your intention(s) ‘I AM LOVE’, for example.
3) Meditate on your intention for 10 minutes - feel your body react to your intention and notice the internal critic fade away.
4) Journal down any thoughts and feelings you experience during this time, and set an inspiring goal based on these.
5) Tap into your power; and repeat.
3) Attend a PINK yoga class at Chroma Yoga
For most people, pink is seen as the colour of love. Exchanged between couples in the form of roses, chocolates and other gifts. Pink is also the colour of hope, nurturing and calm; the perfect colour personalities to accompany any serene and relaxed yoga session.
Chroma Yoga is certainly thinking pink with their latest self-exploratory PINK yoga class. PINK classes open yogis up to new levels of self-exploration and contemplation, allowing them to take a deeper look at who they are.
4) Eat delicious plant-based comfort food at Genesis
Nothing screams ‘I LOVE ME’ more than a plate of crunchy fried avocado tacos, dolloped with a fair sharing of sour cream. That’s why comfort food is on the cards this Valentine’s Day. If you hadn’t already noticed - dining solo is now the new cool, so there’ll be no more weeping into your lonely dinner plate this Valentines. Instead, embrace the fact that you don’t have to share your delicious meal with anybody else, especially
when dining at Genesis…
Residing in Shoreditch, Genesis is a street food eatery with a 100% plant-based menu that is guaranteed to fill the empty hole in your heart, and stomach. We’d recommended going for the Genesis Burger with a side of kimchi fries and Siracha mayo.
5) Get journaling about all the solo dates you’re taking yourself on this year
Solo adventuring is empowering. In fact, doing pretty much anything alone is. On that note, it’s time to map out how you’re going to spend some serious ‘ME’ time this year. Take pen to paper and answer some of the following questions: What makes you feel alive? What truly fills you with purpose? Where can you achieve these feelings? Whether it’s experiencing new cultures, immersing yourself in a new hobby or embarking on a new adventure, it’s time to do, you. Map at least 3 solo dates in your journal for the year ahead, and start planning!