My favorite people are those who consider the impact of their words and actions before speaking, writing, or taking action. They use their words to support and heal. They act in ways that reflect how deeply they care for others. And they use a light hand with those they love.
It’s how they operate in the world, and how they operate internally. They know that how we’re treated begins with us.
A quote from my dear friend Dorothy Rupert sums this up beautifully for me. “Do no harm,” Dorothy says. “Not even to yourself.”
What would happen if we all became aware of the toxic thoughts we direct toward ourselves and replaced them with more positive messages? Would we feel better about ourselves and be able to put more kindness into the world?
Replacing Criticism With Compassion
✓ This week, try to be conscious of how you speak to yourself. Are you diminishing yourself or giving yourself the message that you don’t deserve any better than what you’re currently experiencing?
✓ Pay attention to how your words feel in your body. Do you feel loved or do you tense up?
✓ Rephrase your thoughts the way you would if you were directing them toward a friend. Let your words and thoughts come from a place of love.