Honor your divinity.
Those words reached my ears recently, completely resonating within. To “honor your divinity” is such a striking expression. But what does it really mean? One definition of the word divine is “heavenly, or celestial”. What of a perfect description of a woman – or of anyone at all. To think of ourselves this way is to remind ourselves of just how special, unique and magical every human being truly is, just like a precious jewel.
As women, we all too often sell ourselves short. Short of everything we are, everything we do, everything we are capable of. We compare ourselves, we put ourselves down, and we work, stretch and push ourselves to exhaustion.
As women, shouldn’t we really be celebrating our strengths, our wonders, and our innate capabilities? Shouldn’t we be loving each other and ourselves – making the world an easier (not harder) place for us to flourish? What good is competing, as each of us is different and shines in our own, incomparable way. We should be caring for and polishing ourselves often, preserving our soulful tones and our irreplaceable sparkle.
An incredible example of womanly strength, the late Dr. Maya Angelou says, “Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it.”
We must respect, honor, and love ourselves. We should treat ourselves as the precious treasures that we are. All the while teaching others – our family members, friends and children — to do the same. We so often forget how rare and exquisite we are as we rush around doing our very best and giving our all to others. Yet, in the middle of everything, we must learn to cherish ourselves just as we would our most prized possession.
Think of your very best friend. If she were feeling tired or defeated, what advice would you give to her? You would be kind, gentle and caring – reminding her of how loved and exceptional she is. You would suggest that she go home and rest, to indulge in the quiet, special little moments that restore her. This is not only the way we should treat the women in our lives, it is also the way we should learn to treat ourselves.
A few ways to cherish ourselves:
- Look back at something you are proud of. Whether it is a work of art that was created, a trophy that was earned, or a degree hanging on your wall – these are all things that you and your unique abilities have worked hard to accomplish, so take pride in them.
- Polish yourself so that you shine. Devote a little extra time to yourself at the end of every day. Take good care of your physical and spiritual self, because both facets are what make you, you.
- Think about what makes you authentic. What do you love about yourself and what are the good gifts in your life? What are your quirks and your flaws? All of these things are what make us beautiful. Write them down, draw them out, and surround yourself in their sparkle.
- Set yourself free in laughter, singing out loud, or dancing. Be the form of yourself that makes you feel most content and joyful.
A little reminder to each and every one of you: you are a stunning, matchless gem in this world. No one can take your place. Honor your divinity.
How do you cherish yourself? How can you encourage others to do the same today?
Image via Sincerely, Jules