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posted 4/26/2008 11:09:06 AM |
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STOP ALL CRITICISM. 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.

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 (mine is yellow roses), and immediately switch your scary thought to a pleasure thought.

BE GENTLE AND KIND AND PATIENT. Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself as you learn the new ways of thinking. Treat yourself as you would someone you really loved.

BE KIND TO YOUR MIND. Self-hatred is only hating your own thoughts. Don't hate yourself for having the thoughts. Gently change your thoughts.

PRAISE YOURSELF. Criticism breaks down the 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. So lovingly release the old negative patterns.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY. Learn about nutrition. What kind of fuel does your body need to have optimum energy and vitality? Learn about exercise. What kind of exercise can you enjoy? Cherish and revere the temple you live in.

MIRROR WORK. Look into your eyes often. Express this growing sense of love you have for yourself. Forgive yourself looking into the mirror. Talk to your parents looking into the mirror. Forgive them too. At least once a day say: "I love you, I really love you!"

LOVE YOURSELF... DO IT NOW. Don't wait until you get well, or lose the weight, or get the new job, or the new relationship. Begin now - and do the best you can.


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1bunny629

Apr 26 @ 11:15AM  
Thank you so much! This is really what I need...knowing me though I will feel guilty for practicing. Your a doll for sharing.
clickedanad2

Apr 26 @ 11:42AM  
I'm a happy camper
I'd be a happier camper if it were in the 60s or 70s out instead of 45
then I could ride
now - lovin' yourself?
that's kinda reserved for nighttime
ya know?
oh - love yourself
not love yourself
I get it
Nathanial

Apr 26 @ 12:19PM  
And it's only a ten step program...hmmm..lot better than 12........only problem, is having the will to follow through...Great blog, ma'am. Always good to know where to start, at least. That's half the battle...or..one third, I'm not sure which.
samclaunts

Apr 26 @ 12:33PM  
since i am perfect,,this does not apply to me
but good blog
DesertSmile

Apr 26 @ 12:57PM  
Oh Sam...perhaps there should have been another step. "You're not perfect...get over it"

lonesomedove615

Apr 26 @ 3:22PM  
Like this blog beacuse it has plenty of positive stuff and I can use it to make myself better. Thanks!
But if I'm loving myself can't folks say I'm jacking off? LOL! Just kidding.
casuallylooking

Apr 26 @ 5:12PM  
Thanks for sharing this, Barbara...
l00kin4myprince

Apr 26 @ 5:31PM  
This should be on the front page of every newspaper in America!

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