“Love of self is the seed of holistic living. It is sown deep in the soul, if and when we are willing to receive it, by an unconditionally loving God. For the most part we are not willing to receive it because we believe that self-love is narcissistic, selfish, and self-centered. . .
To love ourselves we must first accept the unconditional love of God. This requires a close relationship with God through prayer. Love of self will compel us to leave the crowd and venture into solitude with God. Here we gain the acceptance that restores the soul. . .
Loving ourselves means that we become aware of our personal dignity as created beings of God. It means that we allow ourselves to experience a sense of worthiness, nor for what we do, but simply for who we are. Loving ourselves means that we come to believe in ourselves and our ability to fulfill the mission of love in the world.”
- excerpt from “Through the Darkness, Glimmers of Hope” by Adolfo Quezada