Celebrating Sacred Love: Maha Shivaratri and Valentine’s Day

By Gaia Staff

The celebration of Maha Shivaratri and Valentine’s Day are tied to similar themes: sacred relationships. Not only with loved ones, but first and foremost YOURSELF.

Maha Shivaratri celebrates the wedding anniversary of of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Shiva had many wives, which symbolize feminine power with each goddess standing for something important in life. Parvati is known as the goddess of marriage. She is the one to turn to for help with marriage, parenting, and fertility. She has remarkable strength and determination. Parvati’s marriage to Shiva produced five important tips for having a successful marriage:

  1. Honesty to oneself and to others
  2. Always observe yourself. Be watchful of your actions, thoughts, and words.
  3. Be cautious of negative thoughts about yourself and others.
  4. Relationships are impermanent: live every relationship with love and intensity
  5. Avoid temptation and desires. Needs and wants are different. Don’t become a slave to your own desire.

Maha Shivaratri Practice and Philosophy 

Maha Shivaratri Practice and Philosophy 

There are many myths behind the origin of Valentine’s day, some say it was Hallmark and others refer to the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia. For our purposes, we’re going to portray meaning focused on sacred relationships, you know the one you have with yourself. Think about it. Who do you spend the most time with? Your spouse or best friend? Your children or your co-workers? No, to all of the above. You spend the most time with yourself, which is why the tone and content of your internal dialogue is incredibly important to how you feel about yourself.

 

Here are 10 self-loving mantras you can start using today to practice:

  1. I love myself. I am worthy of love.
  2. I am worthy of good things.
  3. I can choose positive thoughts.
  4. I let my happiness be visible to others.
  5. I am strong.
  6. I am becoming.
  7. My life is moving forward perfectly.
  8. I am confident in my decisions.
  9. I surround myself with loving people.

Valentine’s Day Self-Love Practice and Philosophy

Valentine’s Day Self-Love Practice and Philosophy

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