The Path to Self-Love

Heal Your Heart, Set Healthy Boundaries & Unlock Your Inner Strength

About the Book

A raw and honest guide to cultivating self-love, balancing it with loving others, and unlocking your healing journey, from the poet and Instagram sensation

“A sanctuary of comfort and self-discovery.”—Vex King

Self-love is not as simple as it sounds. It’s more than basic self-care practices or indulging your every desire—done right, it’s the key to unlocking and fostering true healing. It requires self-acceptance, difficult decisions, and learning when to let go and move on. In her first full-length self-help book, Ruby Dhal explores what self-love means to her and guides you to cultivate true self-love within your own life.

With the same welcoming and honest voice—that of an empathetic best friend who’s been through it all—that her fans know and love online, Dhal shares her own personal stories and healing journey, from how her Sikh family was forced out of Afghanistan and arrived as refugees in the UK to losing her mother at a very young age, grappling with her father’s alcoholism, and battling toxic relationships with friends and loved ones. She realized that healing is not a linear path but a staggered line, and self-love is the only thing that can save you in those moments of darkness.

Self-love doesn’t exist in a vacuum; the tricky part is knowing how to love yourself while maintaining healthy relationships with the other people in your life. Dhal shares practical strategies for setting boundaries and respectfully navigating different relationships without losing your self-love. She also explores the everyday challenges that might disrupt your self-love journey, from comparison on social media to negative thoughts and unhealthy relationships with food.

Written for anyone seeking to heal from challenges like the loss of a loved one, heartbreak, or toxic relationships, The Path to Self-Love is your key to loving yourself wholly and unlocking the doors to happiness, healthy relationships, and fully realized dreams.
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The Path to Self-Love

Introduction to Self-Love

You will have experiences that change the course of your life forever. These experiences can be uncomfortable. They can trigger you, or cause hurt from earlier wounds to rise, plunging you back into the past. It could be something you’ve failed at. Or a loss. Someone close to you has gone forever, or you’re the one who’s left. It could be a cluster of bad experiences that keep reoccurring until a situation finally comes crashing down. Or it could be just one event, one small, significant event, one moment of impact that changes the before and after of your life forever.

I had such a moment of impact, and it transformed my life, for better or worse. Many years later, it became the catalyst for my discovery of how self-love can shape our healing journeys, give us the courage to move on, and empower us to manifest long-lasting happiness.

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Self-love Can Heal Your Heart

I was only 4 when I lost my mom forever.

When I replay it in my mind, a memory as vivid as the one of what I had for dinner yesterday, I’m aware that my entire life was guided by that single event. That one moment in time where the before and after of my existence were worlds apart, even though the “before” had lasted just 4 years.

Experiencing a devastating trauma at a young age marked the start of my first healing journey.

A journey that set off all the others.

This book comes from there.

It’s a result of years of me healing from this trauma and moving forward from a difficult past.

Without this harrowing childhood experience, I would’ve never learned how empowering self-love is for us to heal. This book is a testament to why I came to that conclusion, and how important it is that I share the wisdom that I’ve gained over the years with those who need it the most: you, my reader. This book is a guide to the many ways in which self-love can be the answer to the questions that you have about healing your heart and flourishing in all areas of your life.

As you make your way through this book, you will see the incredible benefits of self-love in healing your heart, but it doesn’t stop there. Self-love encourages you to set healthy boundaries, it allows you to thrive in your relationships, and it gives you the courage to conquer your daily challenges. The path to self-love is not easy, but once you start that journey, you’ll realize that selflove is the answer to all the questions you’ve had until now about manifesting your greatest adventure, which is: a life that you look forward to living.

Self-love taught me that even though I couldn’t
do much about the pain that I was handed, I
could do a lot with it.

About the Author

Ruby Dhal
Ruby Dhal is a British-Afghan writer, poet, content creator, and bestselling author. She moved to the UK at the age of three and, within a year, lost her mom. This started Ruby’s lifelong healing journey and inspired her to create art to heal hearts all over the world. More by Ruby Dhal
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