In the blog Healing Happens in the Present, I mentioned I would share more about practicing non-judgement of self and self love.
When I tell people I'm a self love mindset coach, they often say to me "Do people really need to learn how to love themselves? Come on."
To which I reply "Yes, let me share a few of the ways you may recognize where you are lacking self love."
It never fails, within the first couple examples, the light bulb goes off and they see the value of practicing intentional self love.
The top example I give is negative self talk, i.e. self judgement. Self judgment is often so ingrained in our internal dialogue that we often don't realize how poorly we are talking to ourselves. I once read a saying that essentially said, if you wouldn't say it to another person, don't say it to yourself. How often do you say mean sh#t to yourself that you wouldn't dare say to another person?
I'm not talking about occasionally chiding yourself for doing something you consider dumb. I'm talking about the abusive language we use to keep ourselves limited, less than and disempowered.
The biggest way this shows up for women is our body, then our value based on what we can offer others and finally guilt. Feeling guilty for being selfish (selfish as in actually taking care of ourselves and our well being, putting yourself first).
Negative things we say about our bodies:
This list could go on forever, you get the point. These observations about ourselves then lead to mental criticism about how we eat and exercise, either not enough or too much. How we look in our clothes and out of our clothes. We won't go into how we can rip apart our faces and hair.
Not sure if you are judging yourself often or how harshly? An easy way to check is to keep a mental count of how many times a day you catch yourself saying something mean to yourself. I say a mental count because once you get to 10 you'll be pretty fed up with yourself. This works for all ways we are judging and criticizing ourselves, but you can pick one topic, like your body and start there.
We base our value on what we can do for or offer others.
If we don't have something to give someone else or we can't do something for them, we assume we have no value to offer. This nasty dialogue sounds like:
Again you see where this is going. As women, we've been trained to believe that just showing up and offering time with us is not enough. We need to bring something of value or we are worthless. We need to be able to do something or we are worthless. We've trained ourselves into a tit for tat system. When quite often, just our presence and the love we radiate has always been enough.
Releasing the judgement we have on our own value opens us up to show up as ourselves and truly give to others the best of who we are.
Once you've tallied how many times you are talking badly to yourself, the next step is to flip the script. Every time you catch yourself saying something negative, just change it to something positive. Whether you believe it or not. You can start practicing positive self talk in each and every moment.
And last, but definitely not least, GUILT.
Guilt is the underlying emotional energy that fuels most of the negative talk and feeling worthless.
The three steps to take to practice non self-judgement and step into our own self love are:
I'd love to hear how you've been able to transform your experience of yourself with these 3 steps. Please comment below.
From my soul to yours,
Liza Jane Wolf
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