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Loving-Kindness - Issue #56
February 04, 2014


You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
—Buddha

Starting when we are very young children, we are often taught to put others needs before our own. We are given the impression that it is selfish or conceited to love ourselves. As we grow up, we become so trained in making others feel better or tending to their needs that there is often nothing left for us. This can leaves us feeling resentful and starved for attention, comfort and nurturing. Of course, we turn to food and overeating to try to fill these needs.

But food can never truly satisfy these needs. We may also find ourselves turning to others to try to get care and attention, when what we are truly starving for is our own attention, concern and love. Unless we make ourselves the center of our world, nothing much will change for us. We cannot continue to feed ourselves scraps and think we are going to be happy, peaceful and satisfied people. We must set ourselves a place at the banquet table of life.

It all starts with feeling worthy and deserving of our own love. Many of us feel unworthy. The best way to change this is to act as if we are worthy and soon we will feel ourselves to be. We must practice acting on our own behalf and affirming our own goodness. And as we do, we become so.

We can start each day by looking in the mirror and repeating the following phrases:

May I be happy. May I be well. May I feel worthy. May I be filled with lovingkindess. May I be free of self-criticism, shame, and self-loathing. May I be free of overeating.

We can also add any other phrases, affirmations or statements that are positive and loving. We continue with this practice until we begin to gain a sense of love and goodwill towards ourselves. If looking at our bodies is triggering strong emotions, we can focus on a part of our body that we feel more neutral about. If it is still too difficult, we can also use a picture of ourselves as a child. If feelings of anger or frustration come up, we can allow them to be there and not judge ourselves. We can welcome them in a place of acceptance. They will pass.

After we have worked with ourselves in this way, we can also expand this meditation to include others: people we love, the people around us, our community, the world, and even people who have harmed us.

Today, I begin to act as if I matter. I do.



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Quotes

  • I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.
    ― Rita Mae Brown
  • I am my own biggest critic. Before anyone else has criticized me, I have already criticized myself. But for the rest of my life, I am going to be with me and I don't want to spend my life with someone who is always critical. So I am going to stop being my own critic. It's high time that I accept all the great things about me.
    ― C. JoyBell C.
  • Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.
    ― Karl Lagerfeld
  • To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they’re blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul. Your shortcomings then dim by comparison. The people who care about you are willing to let you be imperfect and beautiful, too.
    ― Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty
  • The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.
    ― Steve Maraboli

  • If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.
    ― Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty






Weekly Affirmations

I make choices every day that support my well-being.

I give myself the validation and encouraging support I have always wanted from others.

I act in ways that make me proud.

I am worthy of my own love, concern and attention.

I deserve to be free.

My real beauty and worth is based on the goodness inside of me.

I radiate beauty from within.



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