“Love, accept yourself, forgive yourself, and be good to yourself because without you we are others without the source of many wonderful things. ~Leo F. Buscaglia~
You mean I’m a source of many wonderful things?
Yes, as a matter of fact, you are. Admit it.
Despite everything you think is terribly wrong with you, love yourself. Love yourself.
Put it in your brain.
I can think of many reasons why people should love each other, but here’s just one: It’s incredibly boring and uninspiring to be with people who don’t love each other.
I spent many years being anorexic and feeling like a monster. I’m sure it hasn’t been fun being with me, and I also know that I haven’t booked any of the acting jobs I’ve tried to get. It’s very difficult to hire or love someone who struggles with a self-loathing mirror.
This is my challenge to you today: take a picture of your face and remember that in ten years you will be amazed at how beautiful you were. Be amazed now.
Identify something inside of you that you don’t like and find a way to laugh at it or love it, even just a little.
I have a profound hearing loss; in fact, I am almost deaf and use hearing aids. I have a ringing in my ears 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Does it drive me crazy most days? Yes, but it is there to stay and I have learned that I can either ignore it or stay home and feel sorry for myself because I miss what seems to be everything to me.
Either way, it’s my choice.
I’ve also learned that because of my hearing loss my other senses are very sensitive. So I’m more compassionate. I’m a healer.
I’ve turned something I don’t necessarily like into another piece of the puzzle of my life, and that’s part of the reason I like this puzzle.
What can you love about yourself today that has been difficult for you to understand in the past?
Can you find a way to cultivate the opposite? In the Pantajali Yoga Sutra 2.33 it says: “When the mind is disturbed by improper thoughts, the remedy is to think constantly of the opposites.
In my workshops, I lead a meditation on forgiveness, and every time people inevitably start crying. Almost everyone in this room will have shed at least one tear. This leads me to believe that we are all indeed connected, a union – that is what the word “yoga” means
The human experience is so similar, and yes, I know the details are very different, and the devil is in the details, but we still have the same weight on our shoulders. That weight would diminish if we chose to forgive rather than feed guilt or anger.
In my workshops, people cry more when we do self-forgiveness meditation. This is probably because we are the hardest on ourselves.
What can you forgive yourself for today?
I forgive myself for saying “I hate you” to my father just before he died when I was eight years old. I used it for many years and let it give my life a dark, airless color.
I forgive myself that I wasn’t perfect.
This change came when I was finally able to get rid of my eating disorder.
Ask yourself honestly, “What can I forgive myself for? »
Sometimes you just have to say it out loud or write it down and you realize you don’t have to pay for it anymore.
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