EXPLORATION: Gratitude and Loving Yourself

In this season of Thanksgiving and holidays we focus on being grateful for the blessings in our lives and for the people who are sharing our journeys with us.  But have you taken the time to move into gratitude for yourself?

What traits do you have that you can feel grateful for?  What aspects of yourself do you need to learn to love?  Gratitude for yourself in all your parts is the first step toward loving yourself.

Most of us find it very easy to be grateful for the friends we have in our lives.  Some of us can be grateful for our families, or at least some family members.  But what about YOU?  We are so good at analyzing ourselves and finding fault when we would give someone else a lot more leeway.  Have you ever felt self-critical?  Do you catalogue your mistakes or the things you wish were different and focus your energy on these things?  Do you find it easier to focus on what you don’t like about yourself rather than those aspects that you do like?

If you answered ‘yes’ you’re not alone.  But consider that every single aspect of you is important to the WHO YOU ARE at this time in your life.  Every bit of you is lovable, whether you believe that at the moment or not.  WE asked you to come to Earth to be a part of the process of the unfolding of the Plan of the Universe and you agreed to join us.  Thank you.

So if you are perfect right now, in this present moment, and your role is to learn lessons and to help everyone around you to learn their lessons, then every thing that you have done and every aspect of who you are contributes to all of the lessons being learned.  Just as you are grateful for those around you, be grateful to yourself for being just what you agreed to be.

Everything that you see as a fault in yourself has some purpose, even if you don’t understand it at the moment.  If you wish to change something about yourself, then change it.  But do so from an energy of gratitude for the lessons that you have learned and from the space of not needing to be that way in the future.  This is a much higher energy than to be in disgust or frustration with yourself!

Each of us is on a path of personal growth if we are living a conscious life.  We are constantly moving forward by assessing our lives, changing that which we wish to change, lifting our awareness to higher perspectives and moving on to the next level of being.  We are learning lessons all the time.  Whatever we see in ourselves is serving a purpose or has served a purpose on our journey.  Being in gratitude for ourselves is the starting place for loving ourselves.

Accept yourself and every moment of your life up until this point.  Every backward glance over your timeline can carry with it an appreciation for all that you have learned.  Some lessons came clearly and easily and others were difficult or tedious to learn.  You might still be in the midst of some tough lessons or you might be in a more peaceful moment in your life.  And every single lesson has brought you a step further on the path of personal growth.  Every aspect of your person has been a loving contributor to every lesson.  Be grateful. And love every aspect of yourself.

Loving yourself is not just an emotional thing.  It is an important step along your personal journey.  I declare today ‘Love Your Wonderful Self Day’!  I love you just as you are.  Now take that to the mirror and say, ‘I love you!’ to the reflection you see there.  And express your gratitude for at least 1 part of you.  Smile.  Congratulations!

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