Start the New Year Off Right

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For years, Louise L. Hay, the author of the international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, has been teaching people that the only thing that heals every problem is to love yourself.

Therefore, when I came across her lovely 12 Commandments for learning how to do just that, I wanted to share them with you!

Not a bad way to start the New Year!


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Do Mirror Work.

Look into your eyes often. Express this growing sense of love you have for yourself. Forgive yourself while looking into the mirror. Talk to your parents while looking into the mirror. Forgive them, too. At least once a day, say, “I love you, I really love you!”

Have Fun.

Remember the things that gave you joy as a child. Incorporate them into your life now. Find a way to have fun with everything you do. Let yourself express the joy of living. Smile. Laugh. Rejoice, and the Universe rejoices with you!

Love Yourself . . . Do It Now.

Don’t wait until you get well, or lose the weight, or get the new job, or find the new relationship. Begin now—and do the best you can.

Stop All Criticism.

Criticism never changes a thing. Refuse to criticize yourself. Accept yourself exactly as you are. Everybody changes. When you criticize yourself, your changes are negative. When you approve of yourself, your changes are positive.

Forgive Yourself.

Let the past go. You did the best you could at the time with the understanding, awareness, and knowledge that you had. Now you are growing and changing, and you will live life differently.

Don’t Scare Yourself.

Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts. It’s a dreadful way to live. Find a mental image that gives you pleasure, and immediately switch your scary thought to a pleasure thought.

Be Gentle and Kind and Patient.

Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself as you learn the new ways of thinking. Treat yourself as you would someone you really loved.

Be Kind to Your Mind.

Self-hatred is only hating your own thoughts. Don’t hate yourself for having the thoughts. Gently change your thoughts.

Praise Yourself.

Criticism breaks down the inner spirit. Praise builds it up. Praise yourself as much as you can. Tell yourself how well you are doing with every little thing.

Support Yourself.

Find ways to support yourself. Reach out to friends and allow them to help you. It is being strong to ask for help when you need it.

Be Loving to Your Negatives.

Acknowledge that you created them to fulfill a need. Now you are finding new, positive ways to fulfill those needs. So lovingly release the old negative patterns.

Take Care of Your Body.

Learn about nutrition. What kind of fuel does your body need in order to have optimum energy and vitality? Learn about exercise. What kind of exercise do you enjoy? Cherish and revere the temple you live in.

Action Step:

Print and place these where you will easily see them, as a daily reminder.

25 thoughts on “Start the New Year Off Right

    • It is a shame for anyone to struggle with being kind to themselves but it does seem to be fairly common. Being aware of it though, can lead to making some positive changes! Thanks for your comments!

  1. Great post, Cathie! I especially like “stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts.” Getting that Inner Critic and the rest of the negative self-talk under control is what makes such a difference with all the other aspects of healthy living and happiness. Have a great week! S

  2. After reading Louise Hay’s book I did exactly that, mirror and affirmations and I finally love myself and my body. It is amazing. You do need to work on yourself to do this and your points are perfect for it. Great stuff! Thank you Cathie!

    • So true Christy! Left unattended, the mind can certainly create some frightening scenarios! Fortunately, awareness helps to turn those worries around by consciously focusing on something more positive!

  3. Excellent post with a simple message so many folks complicate! Once we openly admit to loving ourself, everything becomes easier and whatever challenge arises can be met with positive attitudes. It is the most empowering feeling.

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