Step 3: How Do I Love Myself?
You will naturally love yourself when you uncover the truth about who you really are. Even though at your core you are pure and perfect, you inherited a body and adopted beliefs that are far from perfect. That’s okay. Just know that you and your body are separate, and you should learn to love them both.
In fact, your ability to create is inextricably connected to your level of self-acceptance and self-love. To further increase your self-love, begin now to focus on things that you are happy with in your life — anything at all that you love. Focus on those aspects of yourself. This should be very easy if you have been focusing on gratitude. When you uncover aspects of yourself that you appreciate, express appreciation. Thank yourself! It is as simple as saying, “Thank you, self, for caring enough about your own growth to read this article,” “Thank you, self, for caring enough about your family to work hard and earn money,” and so on.
In addition to thanking yourself for the things you are doing well, you will want to tell yourself that you love yourself. This might seem awkward at first. If it is hard to say “I love you, self” then replace that with “I choose to love myself.”
“I choose to focus on the things that I do well in life. I choose to love myself.”
Repeat that phrase as often as you remember to do so. Even if it is awkward, it is worth it. Remember that life gives you what you subconsciously believe you deserve; not what you want, but what you truly believe you deserve. When you begin to love yourself more, you will naturally start to believe you deserve more. Your life will change according to that belief.
How Do I Create True Joy?
This is the easy part. Follow steps 1-3 and the joy will follow! It almost becomes a game of observing how beautifully everything comes together. If you truly forgive yourself, love yourself, and overwhelm yourself with genuine gratitude, your soul will be filled with joy.
So many people waste so much time, effort, and money trying to imitate steps that successful people have done before them. What we often don’t realize, though, is that these people believed they deserved the life they created, and so were able to follow internal guidance that led them through the exact path they took to get there. If you try to mimic someone else’s steps without the promptings that showed them which way to go, you are only going to become lost in frustration and struggle.
Do yourself a favor; realize that on a spiritual level you already know what to do. Spend your time becoming more familiar with those promptings, and enjoy the life that inevitably follows.
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