Can you imagine how wonderful it would be if you could live your life without ever being criticized by anyone? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to feel totally at ease, totally comfortable? You would get up in the morning and you would know you were going to have a wonderful day, because everybody would love you and nobody would put you down. You would just feel great.
You know what? You can give this to yourself. You can make the experience of living with you the most wonderful experience imaginable. You can wake up in the morning and feel the joy of spending another day with yourself ~ Louise Hay
As we learn to love ourselves, we learn about what we really love about ourselves. The trick is to accept ourselves exactly as we are and to release the need to always be perfect. When we release the need for perfection, we begin to allow ourselves to be ourselves. Perfectionism is merely the outcome of listening to that inner critic, who is telling us that we’re wrong. And that inner critic is programmed by years of criticism we received as children. And how do we silence the inner critic? Connect with your inner child and tell her that you love her. And do what she loves to do. Then slowly, one step at a time, allow yourself to express your creativity through that inner child. Allow your inner child a voice and that is louder than the inner critic. Release all criticism. Nurture through play. Create something beautiful, without perfection. Love yourself enough to allow yourself to be yourself. And just love being you ~ Alison Livanos