A Mindfulness Practice For Self-Love
Our minds can get very busy very quickly. When we feel overwhelmed, we often lose control of a key component of our happiness, which is the simplicity of self-love. Take this journey with me for the next few minutes and see how you feel as you let these words sink in.
No matter where you find yourself, no matter what the circumstances, your ability to love yourself trumps everything: every feeling, every belief. When I say, ‘yourself,’ I don’t mean the body you see in the mirror, I mean your spirit, the one inhabiting your body.
Let’s do a practice exercise that will grow this strength in you so you can find that self-love power again at the snap of your fingers.
But First, What’s The Point?
Let’s define self-love. It’s the total acceptance and strength that keeps you from making decisions that harm you, and directs you towards your highest good at all times. In that light, self-love is actually really integral to your day, isn’t it?
Self-love will help you stop responding to people you know aren’t right for you. Self-love will help you make better habits in eating and exercise. Self-love will exterminate the doubt, guilt, and abuse we impose on ourselves about ourselves, often without even meaning to. Self-love conquers your darkness in many ways.
Mindfulness is simply the observation of our thoughts. A practice of mindfulness means we notice our thoughts and work on redirecting them. This allows us to create habitual ways of thinking, perceiving and responding to our experiences in life.
Mindfulness is the secret to changing our core behaviors and making sure we are giving ourselves a recipe for success at the root of our motivational driving force. The source of our deepest-held dreams is where our mind goes to find what is significant to us, and then signals our emotions to fortify this garden we have planted in our consciousness.
Become very still physically. Sit and breathe. Now begin to notice your thoughts, as if you can see them coming into your head. Notice yourself thinking about your thoughts.
Now just be. Be completely still in your mind, you are only present in where you are in physical space with no thoughts.
Spend a few minutes with this. Each time you do it, you’ll remember the peace you feel when you get there and it will get easier. Some days will be easier than others to achieve this point zero, but the practice is the essential ingredient to getting you to step 2.
Now use this affirmation to diffuse any negative thinking patterns.
“I totally and completely accept and love myself.”
Say it in your mind slowly with all of your energy, completely engulfing your consciousness in this one task, right now. Continue to say this to yourself for a few minutes.
Continue breathing deeply and slowly as you do this. Your mind will enter a different state, where you can re-shape and mold your beliefs. This is the plane of consciousness where we create our habitual thoughts that play in the background and direct our words and actions. You’re redirecting the core of your identity.
The final step is going to seal this self-loving state into your heart, the generator of your emotional state. The heart is the largest energy center in your body and we are going to fill it with this empowered state of mind, making a vibrational imprint.
This blueprint will send signals to your environment, channeling your energy into a higher frequency and allowing you to experience the world in a manner that is in alignment with self-love.
See yourself walking throughout your day, taking up space, not apologizing for being there. See yourself smiling confidently, proud of who you are and what you stand for. See yourself saying how you feel, knowing your thoughts are valid and setting clear boundaries. See yourself glowing, radiant and full of exuberant light. Feel the love you have for yourself bursting forth to touch the light in others and awaken them to their own light.
You have just completed a powerful subconscious reprogramming!
Keep this article handy on your desktop or phone so you can use it regularly. It will shift the way you view yourself, the way you show up in the world and the energy you carry and exude in your life. Self-love is not just a buzzword used on a digital nomad’s blog, it’s an archetype that is being carved into the consciousness of our collective psyche, a necessary step in the evolution of our planet.
And now, back to your normally scheduled programming. Welcome to your new normal. Enjoy yourself.
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