Love is an Inside Job
by Rev. Christine Green
Nagging and badgering. The inner critic never seems to take vacation or even a break! You can’t have what you want. You are not good enough for that. How on earth do you think you can pull that off?
We would never think of repeating those judgments to our friends and loved ones. Yet, we often beat ourselves up mentally and verbally until we feel exhausted and defeated.
Focus, intention and gratitude help us to internally shift from disruptive thoughts to self-affirming ones. When we observe our thoughts and behaviors, we can begin to manage them. Strip the inner critic of its power by speaking uplifting statements: I rejoice in who I am. I am lovable and capable. I accept and honor myself. Develop an attitude of gratitude and consciously give thanks for blessings each day.
As we peel away the layers of false beliefs and ideas about ourselves, we touch into our connection with unconditional love which is God. In her book, A Return to Love, Marianne Williamson states it perfectly: “Love is changeless and therefore so are you. Nothing that you have ever done or will do can mar your perfection in the eyes of God.”
Love is an inside job. Begin by letting go of judgment and self-criticism. As we love ourselves, we are inspired to acknowledge and appreciate others. The more we give, the more we receive. The expansion is contagious!
With a background in business, education and spiritual studies, Christine has served in leadership roles in New Thought Ministries in California and Oregon. Christine is the author of several books on caregiving and women’s issues.
Christine's upcoming events:
March 1-22, 2014
Loving My Body: Healing From the Inside Out
Center for Inner Awareness
March 19, 2014
New Thought Center for Spiritual Living
Wednesday Night Service
Lake Oswego, Oregon
March 30, 2014
How to Find Peace After the 5 O'Clock News
Renewing in the Spirit Retreat
Menucha, Corbett, Oregon
For detailed information about the above events, visit Christine Green's Event Calendar.
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