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I love it! I really enjoyed envisioning that Ani DiFranco was thinking about self-love. I'll have to go find the song on itunes. I've blogged before about creating a "soundtrack for my life" and this would be a great song for it. (Now I have 3 songs...long way to go!)

p.s. I hope this comment gets published...I've tried commenting many times on your blog, and I seem to be doing it wrong. It never shows up--very frustrating!

Hi Positively Present .. great post .. and I love the idea of smiling underneath .. I think that's a great way of putting it .. smiling all the time - to others and to oneself ..

Thanks - Hilary Melton-Butcher
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I like thinking of Ani DiFranco's song as a self-love song. That's sweet! In reference to the scientists who have verified chemical changes in the brain when we are in love--I think we also experience similar positive changes when we embrace self-love. This is when we can access our creativity and a higher version of ourselves in our thinking and our relationships to others. It feels good, just as good as being in love! To your point, I think you are right that it is as necessary to love oneself as it is to love another and certainly will affect the kind of love we attract to our life. *I'm adding you to my blogroll!

Kirwin - Don't worry, your comment made it through. I'm sorry you were have trouble before. It's definitely a great song so check it out on iTunes.

Hilary - Smiling underneath is a very cool concept. I didn't really focus on that much in the post, but it's definitely a neat idea to think about.

Jodi - I only wonder what Ani's take on that interpretation of her song would be... I agree, I bet we can experience the same changes when we self-love. Thanks so much for adding me to your blog roll! :)

"Smiling Underneath" - what a great concept! I've never heard this song...it's beautiful. Thanks for sharing it and your thoughts. Many times it seems that NOT having someone to feel that way about is the cause of much of our despair. I agree that it would be wonderful to have love, patience, and compassion for ourselves, and to be gentle with our own hearts.

This is a wonderful post! I love the concept of having a self-love song and I do actually have one. I just didn't think of it as such till I read this.

It's Shine by Take That (a UK band). When I listen to it I view it as my Higher Self speaking to my ego. It also makes me want to get up and dance, and I generally just feel good when I listen to it (and often manifest things very easily immediately afterwards).

I wrote a post about it last year, including the lyrics and video. Check it out and see what I mean: http://shirleymclaine.typepad.com/livingoutloud/2008/04/shine-your-way.html

Hilda - Thanks for sharing your self love song. I'm so glad you can relate to the topic and it's so great that you wrote a post about it. I'm going to check it out right now. :) Keep lovin' yourself!

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