This mornings meditative practice was another great reminder of how powerful our thoughts are – BRAVO CALM!
Did you know that “the way you think about yourself is more directly connected to your happiness than the circumstances of your life?”
Let’s talk about the inner critic for a minute. We are often the hardest on ourselves, and our self-talk can suck at times. When we make judgments about ourselves or compare ourselves to others, we are bringing ourselves down. If we are living our lives based on “shoulds” and “musts,” we are going to find ourselves disappointed. I know I am guilty of this too. Just yesterday I caught myself comparing myself to another woman at the gym who I deemed “in better shape” than me. Hellllllllllllllllo, this thought was NOT helping me to feel better. I paused and thought to myself, “I SHOULD be lifting myself up, not bringing myself down!” And then I took a deep breath and noticed the SHOULD that was in THAT sentence. Aaaah! I did it again! Wow, this takes practice, even for a therapist! So I reframed the thought to say, “It would be more effective to lift myself up. I am going to give myself a pat on the back for making it to the gym today.”
The power of self-love and self-compassion, ya’ll. We all deserve happiness, and if we can find it by taking time out of every day to practice self-love and self-compassion, I know it is possible to feel happier in this life!
Here are some strategies for practicing self-love: