Every human is a God original (DNA confirms this), and as a God original our first and main commandment is to love our God with all our heart, mind, body and soul. Every human- (being, race and kind) is also made in the image of the Almighty. So, it makes sense that we are secondly commanded and commissioned to love our neighbors (other humans) as we love ourselves. To love our neighbor as we love our-self implies two things; First (1st), that we should love our-self. We should love how we look, our body-types and the environments we come from… And secondly (2nd), that self-love is necessary to love others (and how they look, their body-types and where they come from…).
Love is an action word and should result in a showing of some kind. Positive thoughts, meditating, encouraging words, reciting Bible scriptures and affirmations; proper nutrition and physical activity are just a few ways to love-self.
FACTS! – Positive thinking along with purposeful physical activity (whether structured or unstructured) has proven health benefits for children, adults and seniors. Proper thought-patterning coupled with becoming more physically active has also been proven as excellent preventative, treatment and recovery remedies. The exercising combination of mind, body and soul is sure to enhance your quality of life.
When engaged in aerobic and/or resistance activities the body releases endorphins from the central nervous and endocrine systems which are responsible for improving mood, metabolism as well as relieving pain. These endorphins effect certain hormones (primarily cortisol and serotonin) thus serving as a natural self-induced antidepressant (without the life-altering side effects). In addition to increasing brain function and coordination, purposeful physical activity combats obesity, diabetes and other mental and physical health diseases and disorders while improving self-esteem and body image issues.
Now here’s the thing, we can’t truly love ourselves or love others without having faith and believing in the God who created us all. Loving God, loving self and loving others is the key to humanity!