You MatterSelf esteem from the Inside Out
Self Esteem: A confidence and satisfaction in oneself. Self-respect.
Another definition: Confidence in one's own worth or ability. Webster's
What yardstick do you use to calculate your worth? If you assess your value through societal standards you may be setting yourself up for heartache and suffering. Our culture measures worth and value through one's financial success, beauty, and brains. These standards are a surefire path to low self esteem and unhappiness. Over and over in my work I am shown that money truly does not buy happiness, beauty does not guarantee a charmed life and intelligence does not insulate one from chaos and pain.
In my readings there is only love. A person's value shines through as their "inner core". This core is the essence of who they are, what spark of light they bring into the world and the vibrational energy they were born to share. Core energy can be defined by the qualities of joy, delight, playfulness, enthusiasm, kindness and compassion. What would happen if we began to use these intangible qualities as the benchmark for our value and worth?
Self esteem begins to flourish as you accept who you are with your shortcomings and struggles. And it will grow as you encourage the expression of love and joy in all that you strive to create. When you foster unconditional love you will begin to be a gentler and kinder judge. The twists and turns of your life have given you wisdom and compassion. Life's trials have softened your edges and deepened your ability to forgive and let go. You are valuable. You matter. You have the power to help, heal, to create and discover. You have a voice that counts.
To develop self esteem one must begin with the concept that we are all valuable, we are all worthy. We can then open pathways to forgiving. We abandon self-righteousness. And we forge a path of appreciation and respect not only of our voyage but of the journey of each and everyone of us.
"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection" _Siddhartha Gautama
Love and light,