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Self Love

Cultivating Self-Love
1. Love – Acknowledge that you deserve health and happiness, and that you’re worth the effort it takes to make a positive change. Remind ourself how the specific change you are making supports for your wellbeing.
2. Compassion. Without self-judgment, recognize how the habit you are trying to change creates suffering and stress(including our habit of being hard on yourself).Then acknowledge your desire to be free from this suffering.
3. Joy.Give yourself credit for and celebreate, any positive actions you have taken to support yourself in this change. Also add gratitutude for any support you have reiceved from your family and friends.
4. Equanimity.If you are feeling bad about a recent setback, remind yourself that mistakes are only human, and theyre an important part of the path of change. Instead of berating yourself focus on your larger goal, to be happy, healthy and free from suffering.

Meditation Today:

Meditate on your Inner Wisdom. We tend to believe that the sources of true wisdom lie with the great and the good. Yet however modest our lives are, we are al capable of arriving at profound insights. All that is required is the willingness to attend to our own experience and to regard ourselves as having the potential for a rich inner life.

Today’s meditation:

Meditate on the treasure chest… imagine that, as you go through your day, your heart spends all its time singing your praises. The frequency of the song is too high for you to hear. But even when you think that others may have doubts about your qualities, you can take reassurance from the knowledge of this perpetual appreciation. Within yourself you know your worth.
With a gentle hand I release regret. With acceptance I acknowledge lessons learned. With gratitude give thanks for the richness of my experience. With a generous heart I share the treasures of my wisdom. Thus I enter the final chapter of my life as if it were the first. My gentleness, surrender, gratitude and generosity have given me back my childhood.”
“I step forward into the future with faith and courage, confidence in my ability to face whatever challenges come my way.”

Meditation Today:

When we lose faith in ourselves, it is our friends who carry it for us until we have strength to hold it ourselves.