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Loving yourself

31 July, 2008

Some wise counsel, from the works of Louise Hay:

  • Stop all criticism:
    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.
  • Don’t scare yourself:
    Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts. Find a mental image that gives you pleasure, and immediately switch your scary thought to a pleasure thought.
  • Be gentle and kind and patient:
    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.
  • Be kind to your mind:
    Don’t hate yourself for having these thoughts. Gently change the thoughts.
  • Praise yourself:
    Criticism breaks 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.
  • Support yourself:
    Reach out to friends, and allow them to help you. It is being strong to ask for help when you need it.
  • Be loving to your negatives:
    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.
  • Take care of your body:
    Learn about nutrition. What kind of fuel does your body need to have optimum energy and vitality? Learn about exercise. What kind of exercise can you enjoy? Cherish and revere the temple you live in.
  • Mirror work:
    Look into your own eyes often. Express this growing sense of love you have for yourself. Forgive yourself looking into the mirror. 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 – do the best you can.

One Comment leave one →
  1. 1 August, 2008 12:55 pm

    Good stuff, internal dialogue is so important. In the finish we are what we think. Little habits like saying ‘I won’t remember’, I always get that wrong’ or ‘I’ll never get over it’ reinforce attitudes that we can all do without.

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