Monday, August 27, 2012
Do you know what unconditional love feels like? Perhaps in your childhood, or later in your life, there was someone who cared for you very much, who gave you total acceptance and approval. Maybe you have a spiritual practice that brings you into the presence of a Higher Power or consciousness that only sees the good in you and doesn't judge. It's a wonderful feeling to receive that kind of all-encompassing love. You can also get that feeling through self-talk, by using words that affirm your basic goodness and lovability. Try looking in the mirror and saying, "I love you and accept you, exactly as you are." The self you see in the mirror is your physical image, of course. So, at first, your statement of love and acceptance might get interrupted by critical thoughts about your body. See if you can say the positive message to your whole self, including your body. At first, you might not believe the words you're speaking. But with practice, you can learn to say them with conviction.
Posted by Jeanne Courtney, MFT at Monday, August 27, 2012