Journeying into Self-Love

By: Pamela Loperena

Like a peony,

blooming from

the hairline cracks

of the earth,

you must foster

healing light

in your own



Take the time,

to appreciate your flaws—

the little imperfections

which make you even more


Weed out,

the self-sabotage, pain,

and venom,

poisoning your sacred


but forgive yourself for

ever feeling these



Believe that you are enough

for the world’s eyes to behold,

and cherish your body as if it’s

the best blessing

that life can ever offer


Breathe deeply,

soaking in every

vibration and color

of your essence,

to search for the

lonely heartbeat,

lacking in


Reclaim your truth—

the vigor and purpose,

your soul’s been

running away from,

far too long.

Awaken your peaceful eyes,

noticing roots

growing out of the


of your



and realize that

the first step

into flourishing,

is accepting that

you deserve

unconditional love

for yourself,

before you can

give love

freely and fully to




A version of this originally appeared in “Healing” The Teller December 2019 Issue #9

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