At Hotel La Semilla, we are always striving to be better and to cultivate deeper relationships with our guests, our community, and the beauty of nature. For us, it is so important to be grounded and hold firm to the beliefs and values that govern our life. In order to maintain these values and put them into practice, it is essential to first foster a strong and unwavering relationship with yourself.
To be at peace with oneself is a powerful tool. It is an instrument which can help you to live your best life and to create an impact on the people that surround you. Self-love is not selfish. In fact, it is essential to creating a rich and meaningful life. It is said that one cannot truly love another until you learn to love yourself. This is a profound truth and a journey that we must all undertake in our lives.
For some, this journey is an easy one. We all hope to give our children and loved ones the tools to see the beauty that lies inside them. Others struggle every day to accept and love themselves unconditionally. In order to mindfully live one’s life, it is important to be present every day. For us, we believe that meditation is a powerful instrument for connecting deeply with our desires, truths, and values. It is through this connection where we can develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and our motivations. From there, we can foster that unconditional love for ourselves and others– facilitating a connection with your higher being.
The practice of meditation is beautifully deceiving. Zen Buddhists teach a method of concentration meditation that simply asks you to sit, breathe, and count. That may sound easy but, in fact, it is quite the opposite. For most beginners, it is quite a daunting task to sit in one position with eyes closed and counting for any period of time. This is especially true in modern society when attention spans are the shortest they have been in our human history. However; it is apparent that now more than ever we should be focusing on trying to take pause and connect with the things that are most important to us. It is a way of aligning our souls with the life we are creating.
When we began the journey to practicing meditation, we started small. Some examples of ways you can incorporate small meditation moments into your day could be spending 5 minutes in the morning to write in a gratuity journey and setting alarms throughout the day which reminds you to take a moment to connect with nature. Doing these small acts are enriching ways to be more present and to pay attention to your inner self. Once you get into a habit of listening to your body, it will be easier to try meditation. We suggesting beginning with just one minute and working up from there. The most important thing is to be conscious of letting go of the constant interior narrative and giving yourself some room to breathe and truly relax.
Taking time to connect with yourself is an incredibly educational experience. Getting to know yourself better and your inner motivations are the first step in self-acceptance and self-love. Once this is achieved, you can experience a beautiful type of abundance in your life by appreciating the small moments and being more available to the ones you hold most dear.