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April 22, 2012

Love Yourself – OK, I Hear You….Now What?

Filed under: About Me — cindylv @ 6:52 pm

Thank you, angels, for the message.  I have been hearing it over and over again for the last couple of weeks.  And I finally realized it is your message to me.

I find it easy to love others, give of myself to others, share my life with others.  But what does it mean to love myself?  If I am truly made in the image of God, inhabited by the Holy Spirit, then why would I not automatically love myself?  It is too easy to focus on the behaviors, thoughts, worries and other junk that I lug around in my head. Too easy to put myself down.  Too easy to dismiss, disassociate and disown any positive, loving thoughts.

Jesus says to “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”  As my friend Christine reminded me, this means that you must first love yourself before you are capable of loving another.  This concept of self-love is as foreign to me as long division….something other people seem to do easily, but I just can’t get the hang of it.

But like long division, there are many clues, tips and hints available to help me along the path:

Trust.

Listen.

Treat myself as if I were a precious gift.

Rest.

Breathe.

Smile.

Imagine God’s love flowing through me.

Cultivate a feeling of abundance.

Trust. (I know, I already said it.)

Stretch.

Allow others to help.

Ask for help.

Write.

Make friends with my angels.

Be grateful.

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