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In this episode Joel and Antonia talk about how to love yourself using the four Greek words for love.
In this podcast on how to love yourself you’ll find:
- “The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short”. Abraham Maslow.
- Falling in love with yourself is a lifelong romance.
- As human beings, we have the capacity to solve complex problems, solve challenges and do extraordinary things. But why aren’t most of us doing this?
- Our insecurities and lack of self-love prevents us from being at our best.
- When we constantly focus on our problems, we tend to get stuck there, limiting our abilities as amazing human beings. It removes our ability to truly understand our capacity as human beings.
- If we fell massively in love with ourselves and we no longer question whether or not we’re deserving, we would have the ability to understand and meet our full potential.
- In some cultures, when you express how you truly love yourself, people will see you as self-centered and egocentric.
- So what can you do to fall in love with yourself? Not just a personal development tool but a strategy for helping the bigger problems of humanity?
- The 4 Greek definitions of love.
- Storge. The love you have for family or anyone you’re genetically connected to. The reason why we have storge love for our family members is because we share DNA with them and from the very first single cell that transformed into a complex human being. We are basically one big human family. Nobody’s closer and more familiar with your DNA structure than yourself. So can you develop storge love for yourself? In addition, self-love in Storge means protecting your body – eating healthy, working out, etc.
- Eros. Greek word for erotic love. This is the type of love we mostly see in our pop culture. So how do you develop Eros love for yourself? No matter what type of relationship we have as individuals, throughout our life, we are the one person that we’re travelling through life with. So developing romance with ourselves, falling in love with ourselves is an expression as of Eros love (taking yourself to romantic dates by making yourself happy and pampering yourself). Romancing yourself can be a really powerful experience of expressing love to yourself.
- Philia. Friendship or brotherly love for a human is expressed in the friends we choose. It’s loving yourself as a friend. You are the only person who’s gonna go through life, so why not be your own friend throughout that experience?
- Agape. Love that is unconditional. It’s about loving other people just because they’re people. It’s a deep sense of loving humanity. Other people also call this the “god “or a higher form of love. This form of love gives a sense of general well-being. It’s loving people simply because they exist.
- When we’re talking about falling in love with ourselves, even when you feel that you’re unlovable and see yourself as a terrible human being, the Agape principle of love will allow you to love yourself. It will allow you to give space because it is based on principle not on any specific action you took or way of thinking. You love yourself because you exist.
- Can you show yourself such extraordinary love that you’re abundant with it, you can’t help but share it with everyone else?
- What are some of your disciplines? How do you make sure that you’re actively learning to fall in love with yourself? That you are actively keeping that self-love going even in tough times?
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