Today and every day.
What's the last thing you told yourself?
Was it something you would say or think about someone you love unconditionally? Or was it a little harsh? Without judgement and in all honesty, think about it.
If someone else spoke to you the way you speak to yourself, would you keep them around? What would your relationship look and feel like? I am one to encourage others to surround themselves by people who make them better. To keep the people who lift you up in your community. But that is also true about ourselves, right? Yes. How can we lift ourselves up if we are constantly putting ourselves down? It's not really possible.
This idea of self compassion came out of a class I was in last week and it has continued to evolve over the days. I have taken the time to closely observe my own thoughts. I've observed what I tell myself when I am around my kids, my husband, and my dear friends. I have noticed the patterns that come up and with awareness of this humanity, I have introduced a stronger practice of self compassion. And day by day I am trying my best.
I wouldn't say that I was in a pattern of constantly putting myself down, but moment of honesty: doubts, guilt and negativity creep in from time to time. We're our own worst critic. So with that, how can I teach others (and mainly myself) to constantly lift up? To raise our own vibration. How can I inspire and teach my sons to always have compassion and love for themselves. As someone who experienced years of low self esteem and confidence, this has hit a chord with me. So here comes the practice.
Try this on for size: each time you brush your teeth, look in the mirror and say something positive... about YOU! Bonus? SAY. IT. OUT. LOUD. Awkward? It'll get easier. Manifestation comes from our thoughts.
I'll be there right with you, putting this practice into play!