Loving Your Self

December 21, 2021

Loving Your Self

By Amba Gale

Your reluctance
to make peace with yourself,
to love yourself,
your younger self, that is,
can now be seen, and named.

The demons that usually block
the entrance to the temple door
now beckon you to come in.

You have to do one thing only:

your arm around your younger self
(the one that hurt the most)
give up the reluctance,
and speak.

It does not matter how old you were.

Put your arm around yourself.

        your compassion.

        your connection.

        your understanding.

And, finally, and most importantly,
        your love.

And, then, keep on walking
through the temple door,
past the demons,
knowing your are loved.

Then, and only then,
the love of another can enter in.

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