Affirming joy for everyone 🙂
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
– Oprah Winfrey
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Sharing a beautiful article by Louise Hay on loving ourselves in 12 ways. This article sheds light on a topic which many find difficult to fathom – “how to” love ourselves.
12 Ways You Can Love Yourself Now
Learn helpful tips for self-love.
– By Louise Hay
I have found that there is only one thing that heals every problem, and that is: to love yourself. When people start to love themselves more each day, it’s amazing how their lives get better. They feel better. They get the jobs they want. They have the money they need. Their relationships either improve, or the negative ones dissolve and new ones begin.
Loving yourself is a wonderful adventure; it’s like learning to fly. Imagine if we all had the power to fly at will? How exciting it would be! Let’s begin to love ourselves now.
Here are 12 Commandments to help you learn how to love yourself:
Criticism never changes a thing. Refuse to criticize yourself. Accept yourself exactly as you are. Everybody changes. When you criticize yourself, your changes are negative. When you approve of yourself, your changes are positive.
Let the past go. You did the best you could at the time with the understanding, awareness, and knowledge that you had. Now you are growing and changing, and you will live life differently.
Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts. It’s a dreadful way to live. Find a mental image that gives you pleasure, and immediately switch your scary thought to a pleasure thought.
Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself as you learn the new ways of thinking. Treat yourself as you would someone you really loved.
Self-hatred is only hating your own thoughts. Don’t hate yourself for having the thoughts. Gently change your thoughts.
Criticism breaks down the inner spirit. Praise builds it up. Praise yourself as much as you can. Tell yourself how well you are doing with every little thing.
Find ways to support yourself. Reach out to friends and allow them to help you. It is being strong to ask for help when you need it.
Acknowledge that you created them to fulfill a need. Now you are finding new, positive ways to fulfill those needs. So lovingly release the old negative patterns.
Learn about nutrition. What kind of fuel does your body need in order to have optimum energy and vitality? Learn about exercise. What kind of exercise do you enjoy? Cherish and revere the temple you live in.
Look into your eyes often. Express this growing sense of love you have for yourself. Forgive yourself while looking into the mirror. Talk to your parents while looking into the mirror. Forgive them, too. At least once a day, say, I love you, I really love you!
Don’t wait until you get well, or lose the weight, or get the new job, or find the new relationship. Begin now—and do the best you can.
Remember the things that gave you joy as a child. Incorporate them into your life now. Find a way to have fun with everything you do. Let yourself express the joy of living. Smile. Laugh. Rejoice, and the Universe rejoices with you!
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“How deep is the mud?
Depends on who you ask.
We all go through the same stuff differently.
– Gregg Braden
This reminds me of a profound quote by Abraham – “you are so free, you can choose bondage.”
“We have all been placed on this earth to discover our own path, and we will never be happy if we live someone else’s idea of life!”
– Gregg Braden
I feel that it’s nice to know about ideas outside of oneself for entertainment or for clarity or for inspiration to launch desires from within but why live their ideas when you have your own guidance within you every moment of the day?
People say that it’s been written in a book many years ago so the idea must be true. You have no way of ascertaining it’s truth. The only truth you have is the guidance within you at all times – lovingly calling you to where it is. Never judging you or mocking you. Always adoringly and lovingly calling you and when you use any excuse to feel better, you go where it is. That is what athletes, musicians, artists, inventors etc call as “being in the flow” or “being in the zone”. They know that if they are not in the flow, nothing flows from within them. And when they are in the flow, they say or write or compose or do things which others look at and say “she is gifted” but that “being in the flow” is accessible to everybody provided we are feeling good. And when we are feeling good, it’s easier reconnect with who we are and therefore, it’s easier for us to “know” our unique path. That’s when answers and solutions to what we have been asking for flow to us. Isn’t it awesome that the most easy thing is the most effective? Just by feeling better most of the time, we reconnect to the guidance within us and that makes us live the life we want, that makes us get the answers we want, that makes us live our desires. It all starts from using any excuse to feel a little better every day.
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