As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody if I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know “THAT IS LIFE”!

When people push you away it’s the absolute worst…especially when they said they loved you.

Watching #res at #bamcafelive in BK sing her behind off….and then closes the show with “golden boy”…made my week! (at BAM)

Late night reading: The Thinking Body. Getting in touch with myself physically and spiritually. This book is said to to be a guide for most #yoga instructors and is also the book Marilyn Monroe studied to gain her iconic stage presence #growing #learning #bibliophile #thethinkingbody High-res

Late night reading: The Thinking Body. Getting in touch with myself physically and spiritually. This book is said to to be a guide for most #yoga instructors and is also the book Marilyn Monroe studied to gain her iconic stage presence #growing #learning #bibliophile #thethinkingbody

myblacksexuality:

I wish I could love you the way you deserve to be loved. I wish I could hold you and reassure you that everything will be alright. I wish I could protect you from the pain and hurt this world causes. I can’t do it from a distance. You gotta let me. You have to let the past go. Let those insecurities go. Let that fear go. Its gripping you and its keeping you from experiencing the beautiful and awesome power of real and true love. I wish I could love you. But I can’t.

(via myblacksexuality)