To be awake in our lives and to show up authentically, we need to give love and be able to receive love. We need to have it for ourselves in order to fully give it back to others. Love is at the core of who we are. But, it’s not always easy. Sometimes we get wrapped up in our weaknesses and can’t see our strengths. It’s an ongoing journey, because loving ourselves unconditionally is a lifelong commitment. But it’s a commitment worth having.
Here are some wonderful quotes from Brené Brown to remind us on the days where we’re not sending out strong love signals. She always seems to say the right words, so let them soak up and fill you with the love you need today.
“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.”
“Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.”
“What’s the greater risk? Letting go of what people think – or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?”
“Waking up every day and loving someone who may or may not love us back, whose safety we can’t ensure, who may stay in our lives or may leave without a moment’s notice, who may be loyal to the day they die or betray us tomorrow – that’s vulnerability.”
“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.”
“When you get to a place where you understand that love and belonging, your worthiness, is a birthright and not something you have to earn, anything is possible.”
“I can encourage my daughter to love her body, but what really matters are the observations she makes about my relationship with my own body.”
“Love will never be certain, but after collecting thousands of stories, I’m willing to call this a fact: A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all men, women, and children. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong.”