For the longest time, I thought that being kind to others is the way to be. As a child, my Mom would always said, “Do unto others as you would do to yourself”. I never really analyzed this statement until now. Really, its saying: be kind to others as you would be kind to yourself.
So what happens when you start to amp up the Negative self talk? What’s a girl to do?
Lately, I have been reinforcing loving thoughts and talking to myself in a loving way. Especially after I attended Geneen Roth’s, Women, Food and God conference in October in the Berkshires. Geneen, is a big believer in being kind to yourself. Here are some ways to be kind to YOURSELF:
1) Instead of saying “Oh, Shit!” when something goes wrong, simply switch this statement to “Oh, Sweetheart!” and see how and where the negative chatter shifts.
2) Look in the mirror and indulge in some mirror work. Tell yourself how beautiful you are, both inside and out. Say the words with love and conviction and believe every syllable. Don’t leave until you feel satisfied with yourself.
Check back with me in one week to see how being kind to yourself really shifts your perspective. I just know this small step will do wonders for you.
Kindness is contagious, so be kind!