Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans! As we celebrate the birth of our nation and our nation’s freedoms, after the burgers are eaten and the fireworks have lit up the sky – let’s think about our inner freedom.
How free do you feel? You might not be in a cell behind bars, but what prison bars have you created for your spirit?
It’s time to release those things that are not serving us. To choose to love, starting with ourselves.
The Bible says to love our neighbor as ourselves, but if we don’t love ourself how can we then love our neighbor?
It’s that airline “put the oxygen mask on yourself first” principle. I had a hard time understanding that principle at first because I am such a giver! But I understand now.
Do you ever talk to yourself? What do you say?
Do you say, “Oh, I’m stupid! Why did I do that?” If you wouldn’t say something to your best friend, don’t say it to yourself!
What are your inner voices telling you? There is a good movie in theaters now for you to see, and take your children to! “Inside Out” is a story of the voices inside a young girl’s head: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. Great lessons to learn here!
Make sure you listen to your positive voices!
Be good to yourself. Start by scheduling 5-10 minutes in the day to pause, reflect, meditate, be thankful. Acknowledge a skill that you have and be thankful for it.
Look in the mirror and say, “I love you.” More than once. And mean it. It might be harder than you think!
Self-care is not selfish, it is vital to our physical health and wellbeing. When we love ourselves, work on our personal growth, and free ourselves from the fears and doubts that hold us back, then we will have even more love to give.
So this weekend, make a choice. Start setting yourself free from those things that hold you back. Love yourself enough to move forward.
Louise Hay’s favorite quote is, “Life loves you.”
Feel the love today and every day, and be free.