I Am Human

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“What you think about yourself is much more important than what others think of you.”
Marcus Annaeus Seneca

Being content in our life begins with being self loving (which does not mean being self-absorbed). It is all too commonplace for us to take a negative tone with ourselves and to be our own unkindest critic. Calm cannot settle when you feel nothing but self criticism, self-loathing and a lack of self-trust; if these are your main inner feelings, then you are too busy running internal self-deprecating chatter for calm to descend! Remind yourself frequently that it is okay to love and trust yourself.

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Talk gently to yourself. When the self-deprecating, negative talk wells up, remind yourself that you matter and that you deserve respect and that such negative talk does not have a place in your life…….Reassure yourself with such phrases as “I can deal with this.”

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Know how valuable you are. Remind yourself daily of the virtues, strengths and beauty that you bring into the world.

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Be kind to yourself, just as you are kind to others. Remind yourself that it is human to err. It happens daily all around the world. Simply remind yourself when something goes wrong: “I am human!” Love the image staring back at you in the mirror. That is you and you matter.

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Today, give yourself the consideration and kindness you would show to the people you love. If you are dissatisfied with your progress, remind yourself of all you have accomplished. If you made a mistake, cut yourself from slack. If you have tired, done your best……be satisfied.

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Practice forgiveness with yourself as you do with others. Being unable to forgive compels you to discontent and internal war. Holding old grudges, being bitter and fueling constant anger create an inner turmoil that chains you to reliving past hurts. It is hard to live a calm, happy life when you constantly hate, feel a need to avenge and see ghosts in every shadow. Forgiveness allows room for kindness and self liberation. Forgiveness nurtures a sense of calm because you no longer spend a big part of your life resenting. Remind yourself that when you forgive, you remove the toxic feelings from your life; it is not about condoning what another person did but it is about no longer letting those actions spoil your outlook on life.

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“What you think about yourself is much more important than what others think of you.”
Marcus Annaeus Seneca


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