LEARNING TO LOVE
Tips for Loving Yourself
"I am the greatest." We may have
laughed when we heard Muhammed Ali tell the world what he thought
of himself, and with such conviction. But we knew he believed in
himself. And we each need to know that "I am the
greatest." Learning to love ourselves is a process. There
are affirmations and behavior to reinforce this, which will
ultimately result in loving ourselves. When we can truly love
ourselves, then we will be free to love others.
The Goal of Love
We are all like flowers waiting to bloom, to
grow and to open up to the world. Love is considered to highest
ultimate goal. Everyone wants happiness, fulfillment and a
feeling of healthy belonging. We all have the right to be loved.
We deserve it. But how can one achieve this? Will love just come
along? The path you take will determine your destination.
How Can I Love Myself?
Okay. I want to believe in myself. I want to
feel that "I am the greatest." I want to accept myself,
but how can I really be "the greatest"? Awareness is
the first step to achieving harmony and acceptance. You might
want to ask yourself the following questions. Note your strengths
- I know what my needs are and how to meet
- I can freely express my feelings.
- I enjoy my body and take care through
nutrition and exercise.
- I engage in meaningful pursuits.
- I recognize my inner values.
- I am creating and enjoying close intimate
I respond to challenges as opportunities for
growth, strength and maturity.
- I am creating the life I want.
- I trust my own persona resources.
- I experience myself as a wonderful person.
- I am creating situations that help me
realize my persona worth.
- I believe there is abundance in life for
Continue this process of discovery by honestly
asking yourself: "What do I need to work on?" "How
are my communication skills?" "Am I pleased with my
value system?" "Can I gently accept myself, as I am
now, and work on who I want to be?"
The Unique You
Make a list of all the ways in which you
are unique and special. List all of your positive qualities and
know that you can live up to your potential. Through knowing
yourself, who you are and how you shine, you will learn to love
yourself. Discovery is the beginning. You can create your life.
You can refine the self and you can love yourself. There's only
one you, and you are unique!
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