One lesson that I've learned over the years is that more important than how you talk to others, is the way you talk to yourself.
I am guilty of being one of those people whose compassion makes leaps and bounds for others, so much so that when it is my turn to receive love--to be told good things and to play the “treat yo' self" role--the tank is often on E. As a woman I think we all collectively say that we've been there and done that. Work gets attention friends get attention,children – multitasking is a skill like no other, yet we often leave ourselves with the crumbs while everyone else gets a full meal.
Self love is not about being selfish, it is about going inward and putting in the work so that you are able to give the love that you have found and cultivated within yourself to others.
Let's say you don't have the energy to exercise a few times a week, do yoga, or write an entry in your journal before you lay your head to sleep – how do you make time for yourself if the classic self care practices are not readily accessible for you? One way to assure that the self gets some sort of love through your day to day is by indulging in the practice of daily mantras, or affirmations.
I have five that have helped me shift my mindset during some of my most trying times.
I ask that while reciting these mantras, you look yourself in the eyes meaningfully in the mirror.
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