Ancient Greeks studied and classified love into 8 kinds. They defined self-love as Philautia, as one of the eight kinds of love; a kind of love that implies the ability to maintain self-compassion and affection. This ability to love yourself is imperative for a happy and content life. Just as we express love to others, we must show the same love to ourselves. Amour-propre, or self-love, is also the true path to finding true love for yourself, because only when you are aware of what love feels for yourself, would you be truly receptive when it comes to you from someone else.
Rupi Kaur is an inspiring woman. She self-published her book of poems at the age of 21. And never stopped. She took to Instagram and is one of the most popular poets on #instapoems. She is not just known for the depth in her poems, but also for her ability to talk often about controversial topics in an approachable and relatable way. Rupi Kaur Poems are renowned and popular all across the world.
All illustrations that accompany her poems are also created by her and are meaningfully tied to the poem.
We find that her quotes are powerful, inspiring, and are also the kind of affirmations we should use every day.
Here are 27 of our favorite Rupi Kaur poems on self-love, from her Instagram. Please do drop a kind comment and share it, if you enjoy her poems as much as we do.
From her newest book of poems, “home body”, Rupi Kaur accosts uncertainty with words of affirmation of positivity and offers hope.
We all feel like giving up sometimes. Give up on things and other people, if they don’t serve you, and if you must. But don’t give up on yourself. Miracles in you are waiting their turn to happen. Love yourself and keep believing.
Look what you’ve done. Look how far you’ve come. You are a warrior. You are built for this. If you could see yourself now, you’d never take your eyes off yourself. Such a deep poem.
This is one of our favorite quotes. A line you can tell yourself on the darkest days and the brightest ones. Deeply meaningful in all situations. Be grateful for yourself. Because you are here.
We are always in progress, getting somewhere, aiming for something. And we always will be. We are perfectly imperfect right now. Deserving, because we exist. So don't put off your plans for someday. That day is today, and that moment is now.
The warrior theme runs in several of Rupi Kaur’s poems, as it does here. She reminds us to not be victims of our experiences but to treat our wounds as an honor, they helped us become who we are today.
You always have you. You are never alone.
There is so much strength in these words. So much power and self-love in this poem.
What happened to you does not define who you are. One mistake does not make you, you. You are always in the process of redefining yourself. You are doing so now.
What does home mean to you? Isn’t it the place where we feel comfortable being who we are? Aren't we all already home because we have ourselves?
You’ve got this. Knowing this can change everything. Such a positive affirmation for all of us.
Things have been tough lately. But slowly and steadily, with patience and self-love, we will get out of the dark.
Have you ever wondered, what it would be like? To be in tune with yourself? To not ponder about how you appear on the outside but to acknowledge how truly whole you feel on the inside?
We’ve read these lines over and over again. And nothing rings truer to us. Whenever you find yourself standing in front of the mirror trying to tuck yourself into a piece of clothing that’s not worthy of you, read yourself this little poem. What are you going to do with the body you’ve been given?
If someone, anyone, including you, set a standard on what you should look like, disregard it. Ask instead, what do you want to feel like?
You are beautiful. You are wonderful just the way you are. You make this world a brighter place. Just be you. Believe in yourself.
This is one of Rupi Kaur’s self-love poems that touch us deeply. In our hustle to get a corner office and a larger house, we forgot to say thank you to our first and only home. Our body.
Have you talked to yourself today with love?
Sometimes a little confidence is all we need.
This too shall pass.
Nothing is worth holding on to. Especially not hurt, bitter words, sadness, or guilt. Reduce your burdens. It was never yours to carry anyway.
There is no one quite like you. You are here for a reason. Rupi Kaur says so much in this poem in such few words.
Take a few minutes each day to listen to what your body is saying. Give it time and space to heal and express itself. Give it the attention it deserves. Give it the love and care it needs.
A page from Rupi Kaur’s book, “The Sun and Her Flowers”, this poem is a good reminder. What we seek outside is quite often what is already available on the inside.
Your body is an instrument to help you lead the life you want. It is not an ornament. Stay away from putting unrealistic pressures from society to look a certain way. You are human. You are unique.
Self-love is the only way to heal wholly, completely, deeply. Feel. Accept. Love.
Your longest relationship is going to be with yourself. Invest in it. Take time out for yourself. Discover, uncover yourself.
Those were our favorite self-love poems by Rupi Kaur. Her poems are widely read, loved, and criticized in the literary circle. However, her delivery, channel, and her simplicity touch her audiences deeply. We wholly support all work that helps us lead a fulfilling life.
We hope you enjoyed our curation as much as we enjoyed collating them. If you enjoyed her work, please do support the poet by purchasing one of the books.