Deeping your Love for Yourself

This morning, I just finished reading Louise Hay's Mirror Work: 21 Days to Heal Your Life. In it she mentions a lot of valuable stuff. There's even a day devoted to children. Love it, they need it. I wish I spent more time on loving myself at such an early age. For some reason lately, I have visions of my mother getting very mad at me cos I just couldn't grasp the concept. The old Irish in her kept on drilling it into me, but that didn't really help in the matter. Oh, no it didn't. Some of the parenting skills have been handed down from generations upon generations and they just don't work any more. Older generations have a hard time understanding and accepting that their ways of doing things just don't work in the Now. I fought and fought this for years. It has taken a tremendous amount of inner strength to make peace with it and to accept that they did the best that they could. I found these 12 tips this morning at the end of the book and just wanted to share them along. Maybe they will be of some insight or to help you deepen your own path of letting go of the resistance and finding peace and joy in the moment.

12 Ways You Can Love Yourself Now-and Always by Louise Hay

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. Forgive Yourself. 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. Don’t Scare Yourself. Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts. It’s a dreadful way to live. Find a mental image that gives you pleasure and immediately switch a scary thought to a pleasant thought. Be Gentle and Kind and Patient. Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself as you learn new ways of thinking. Treat yourself as you would treat anyone you really love. Be Kind to Your Mind. Self-hatred is hating your own thoughts. Don’t hate yourself for having the thoughts. Gently change the thoughts to more life-affirming ones. Praise Yourself. Criticism breaks down your 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. 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. 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. Lovingly release the old, negative patterns. Take Care of Your Body. 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. Have Fun! Remember the things that gave you joy as a child and 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! Love Yourself . . . Do It Now. Don’t wait until you get well or lose weight or get a new job or find a new relationship. Begin loving yourself now—and do the best you can. Do Your Mirror Work. Look into your eyes often. Express the 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.

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