“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked.
Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”
Louise L. Hay, Motivational author and founder of Hay House

How often do you hear that little inner voice criticizing you? I imagine mine looks like Jiminy Cricket. He represents my negative ego and all of my insecurities! Fortunately he isn’t so dominant or present as much these days. I’ve learned to recognize when he’s present. When I do, I invite him to go on a much needed vacation so that I can replace the critical and negative thoughts with more constructive and positive ones. I’ve found that the more aware I am when this happens I can change my attitude and actions. Have you experienced this?

Trusting yourself is so important as your journey of personal growth continues. I find that the more I trust and accept myself others do too. This doesn’t mean that I don’t seek input or insights from others. I do. When I think about the challenges, achievements, experiences, and relationships that I’ve had through the years I feel so grateful. Even though, looking back, I like to think I would change some choices or decisions I made but I’m not sure if that’s true because I wouldn’t be who I am today if I did. Have you ever thought about it? Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk has said, “The whole cosmos has come together to create you. You carry the whole cosmos inside you. That is why, to accept yourself and to love yourself is an expression of gratitude.” 

Imagine carrying the whole cosmos inside you. Some say that we came here by choice. I believe this too. Others say that this planet and our experiences here are like higher level education experiences. Through meditation, deep breathing, and a lot of introspection my beliefs have changed and I realize that I’m open to more possibilities. I know when I’m in my quiet space and my thoughts are quiet I’m able to know things more clearly and accept and trust what I know. When my thoughts are swirling like a hamster running on a wheel with no stopping I make myself crazy and confusion dominates! Ugh. I’m learning to shift these racing thoughts by being more conscious of when it’s happening.  Then I stop, take some deep breaths, and focus on my heart space. I begin to calm and center. Self-doubt leaves and trust emerges.

Rumi, Persian poet, Islamic scholar and Sufi mystic has said that, “You are searching the world for treasure, but the real treasure is yourself.” Searching within ourselves rather than outside of ourselves is key. That’s where the answers are and where trust builds. I’m sending each of you lots of love. Have an amazing week and remember that you are the treasure! Believe it! Trust it!

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