How about this Valentine’s Day you celebrate a new love – YOU!
Louise Hay has some affirmations (see link below) – and a heartfelt suggestion….. one that I must admit I really have to consciously work at. Here’s her Valentine to us:
Stop criticizing yourself—now and forevermore.
Ack – Easier said than done, but I think with practice we can get better and better at it. Don’t you? One way is to begin to be more compassionate and kind to ourselves in words & actions.
We can start with giving ourselves permission to do something nice for ourself today (and then the next day and the next). Try this – Do one thing a day that makes you smile or feel good. That could be a quiet moment alone, enjoying a cup of delicious tea, reading a good book, meditating, engaging in a fun activity, spending time in nature, listening to a favourite song, doing something you love to do, allowing yourself to be pampered or receiving a gift graciously.
Begin to fall in love with yourself. Or, at least in ‘like’. Whether it’s like or love – find 1 thing about yourself (a trait, capability, attribute, skill or the fact you have beautiful eyes) that you admire and own it. Admit it – you have loveable qualities. Yes, you do. We all do. Of course, none of us are perfect – and that’s OK! With practice, you’ll find & recognize more and more of these loveable traits and accepting of the others.
And as Louise also says:
Love and accept yourself as you are right now. When you do, you’ll blossom in ways that you can’t even imagine. Love will heal you, I promise. Your love for yourself will work miracles in your life.
Here’s to love in all of it’s forms. Happy Valentine’s Day!