Some Loving Reminders for the Practice
The loving acceptance you so deeply hunger for can never reach youuntil you've learned to give that gift to your self.
You are entitled to love your self just exactly as you are right now.
You are always doing the best you can in this moment. If you could do better, you would do better.
Practice being as gentle with your self as you would be with anyone else you truly cared about.
Listen in to your body and your belly feelings, they will always tell you what's so for you.
Practice making room and safe space to feel all of your feelings.
Speak kindly and lovingly to your self as much of the time as possible.
When you feel sad, depressed or in grief, take time and space to fold inward to be with the aching and the tears until they're done. (They will be done, sometime.)
Listen to your angry, nasty, mean-spirited feelings, they tell you when something not-good-for-you is going on.
When you feel scared or anxious, move more slowly, ask the frightened part what it would need in order to feel safe.
Go only as fast as the slowest part of you feels safe to go.
Remember that growth is a process, not an achievement. When you feel discouraged, take time to lovingly acknowledge how far you've already come...there is always further yet to go.
Remember, too, that all life moves in cycles…what has been must often come apart before what is to be can come together.
When you're tired, rest, especially when there's no-time-to-rest.
Remember that rest is a sacred act – as significant, meaningful, productive and honorable as any other purposeful act.
When it gets hard, remind your self that it's okay to be different.
Applaud all the baby steps along the way of your journey. Acknowledge the wonder of your persistence in the difficult times. Marvel at the miracle of your courage and your trust-in-the-process.
Delight in your self at every possible opportunity: you are a magnificent work-in-progress!