Self-Love (Part 1): Teacups

There’s a saying; every container only overflows with what it contains. 

Makes sense, right?

Your heart is a container. Whatever you fill it with, that’s what you will give to the world.

There’s something everyone needs to realise before they enter any relationship, whether it’s a friendship or a marriage. The important rule is: You cannot give what you don’t have.

This makes perfect sense.

If you don’t have money, you can’t give any. If you don’t have food, you can’t give any. It’s obvious because these are physical, tangible things.

However, we often forget that we can’t give what we don’t have, even when it’s invisible. For example, we can’t give love if we don’t have love. If we don’t have something, whether it’s physical or emotional, we can’t give it to anyone else. Do you see where I’m coming from?

Now let’s go back to the analogy of your heart being a container, like a teacup. If you were to pour tea into a teacup, the only possible thing it could give out is tea. If you filled your teacup with water, it would give out water. If you were to pour poison into your teacup, what would it overflow with? It would only give out poison. And our hearts work the same way.

When your heart is filled with hate, envy or any other negative emotion, it will affect your actions. The only thing you will be able to give to the world is negativity. However, if your heart is filled with love for yourself and for others, your actions will reflect this. You will have a positive effect on the world and the people around you. Not only will you be a source of love and compassion for others, but also for yourself. You will be the first receiver of the love you give when your heart is the container filled with love.

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