Personal practices are important to loving yourself.
Let me explain.
Daily practices are something I have been developing and doing faithfully now, for many years.
I begin each day with prayers and affirmations. No matter where I am, at home or traveling.
As a result of reading the book by Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life back in the 1970s, I began saying some of her suggested affirmations daily and continue to say them every morning now.
Because I took my first personal growth class in 1974, where I learned how to meditate, I began my journey of learning more about me, people, life, and spirituality.
My first meditations began with using visualization and the colors of the rainbow to calm and still my body, mind, and to feel more at peace.
Using your breath and deep breathing, is a very important piece in calming ourselves. Above all it helps us shift into a place to receive from God and to get in touch with our essence. You will hear answers to questions you might have.
For me, afternoons are the best time to meditate. My energy is increased for the rest of my day and I feel better equipped to complete my day with joy.
There are different forms of meditation you can choose from. Today I’m using a guided meditation on my iPhone. It’s handy and my phone is with me wherever I go.
Consistency is vital when making shifts and changes in ourselves. The author of the book, The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy says, it’s doing the little things over and over, that make the big differences.
Do you agree? It’s said that it takes 21 days at least, to create a habit. As you consciously and consistently do these personal practices, your life will flow with more ease. You’ll have a greater feeling of loving yourself.
Furthermore, as I’ve added morning personal practices, like reading from a few inspirational books and writing in a gratitude journal, I’ve had more joy in my life.
Due to consistently working out at a health club in the mornings, usually 4 mornings per week, for over 38 years now, I am healthier physically. Also, working out creates the feel-good endorphins, that help me both emotionally and mentally.
As I’m falling asleep each night, I give thanks for my day.
I ask God to give me what he wants me to know. Help me to understand, hear and remember what He’s saying. As I’ve relayed in another article about this personal practice, its helped me to get out of the way. It’s easier to allow God to come in as I’m open to receive His messages.
Finally, I’ve found that following the many personal practices that I have for many years now, adding in new ones from time to time, has kept me a happier person. Hence, I’m more apt to make better choices throughout my days.
Likewise, my personal practices have helped me to love myself. Then I’m better able to live from my purpose, which is; living in joy and inspiring others to live in joy.
So, I ask you, can you add in at least one personal practice every morning, every night, every day? Will you choose to? If you do, I know you will be happy you did!
My hope is you will add in uplifting personal practices and do them each day.
Consequently, you’ll love yourself more and you’ll let your light shine. You’ll become the person you were meant to be.
Here’s a good site with 12 daily spiritual practices you may want to look at:
Much love and many blessings,