When is it time to move on?

By Drum Digital
23 July 2014

It’s a lot easier to love the person right in front of you than someone who doesn’t exist.

Here Iyanla Vanzant offers you advice on how to open your heart to the wealth of love.

  • Don’t expect to get all you need from someone else

Whether we’re talking about romantic relationships, deep friendships, or close bonds with family members, love is never co-dependency, validation, self-worth, self-value ?or self-esteem. It’s an experience that should fill us with joy – not serve as a replacement ?for loving ourselves.

  • Heal your wounds

Many of us ask ourselves in life, "Am I unlovable?" Often this question ?arises after a difficult relationship, be it romantic or familial, that leads us to believe we are. Only when we resolve the pain of these experiences will we believe ourselves worthy of affection. That belief is what allows our capacity for love to grow.

  • Don’t impose conditions

If you loved me, you would … If I had more love, I could … Such attitudes are recipes for disappointment within any relationship. To usher more love into our lives, we must release our expectations about what it should be and start opening ourselves up to all that it is.

  • Serve others

When we give without expectation of reward or recognition, our hearts open to the wealth of love. There are few things that can offer you a greater sense of love ?– for yourself, for your fellow man – than giving to someone with a need bigger than your own.

  • Embrace acceptance

When we learn to be okay with ourselves and those in our lives, whether they’re family members ?or potential partners, our hearts open to a deeper understanding of what is, rather than a discouraging longing for what isn’t.

-OPRAH.COM

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