I love taking photos of this Buddha statue in every season. In any any kind of weather, the Buddha endures and is always calm and thoughtful as he meditates in the moment.
I love Buddha's wise quotes, too. Here is a good one to remember.
"You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection."
Self love is something that doesn't come naturally to us, especially women. We're often down on ourselves thinking we're not good enough, not pretty enough, not slim enough, not clever enough,....not enough period.
We are locked inside our bodies for a lifetime and it's up to us to love this body that has been lent to us for a short time and make the best of it.
Buddha's wise words remind us to love ourselves, despite our imperfections and not to let other's judgments define us. We don't get to trade ourselves in for another model. We must learn to accept ourselves the way we are, flaws and all.
We deserve love and affection from others, but especially from ourselves.