7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS DAY 2

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DAY 2 

“LOVE AND ACCEPT YOURSELF”

Welcome to DAY 2 of the 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS!

Did you know that the way you think about yourself is more directly related to your happiness than the circumstances of your life. One of the most crucial key of experiencing day to day joy is the level of our self-love and acceptance. You think this would be a given but without even realizing it, most of us are incredibly self critical. We judge ourselves for everything. We either don’t have enough money, love, security or success, talent and beauty. We blame ourselves for all of it. We have this idea that the harder we push ourselves the higher will excel, and the higher we excel the happier will be. This means constant critiquing and judging. The problem is, that perception is inaccurate. It’s not through judgement that we find motivation or happiness. It’s through self-love and self-acceptance. Happiness and self-acceptance go hand in hand. In fact, our level of self acceptance determines our level of happiness. Basically, we experience as much happiness as we believe we are worthy of. The practice of self love and acceptance is an invitation to stop judging ourselves. It’s about accepting who we are with an open heart and treating ourselves with the same kindness, love and compassion that we offer to a good friend or even a stranger for that matter. It teaches us to be gentle with ourselves rather than harsh and critical and instead of endless comparison game we play, we can start appreciating our unique magnificence which includes our imperfections. It’s through self-love and acceptance that we find peace and happiness in our hearts. 

PRACTICE

So, let’s start today’s practice by settling into your comfortable spot with a tall straight back.Take a few deep breaths as you settle in. Deep inhales and slow full exhales. Relax into this moment and let go of all the things that keep you busy and distracted from connecting with yourself. Concentrate on just the breath and nothing else for just a moment. Imagine how you would like to start treating yourself. With kindness and compassion, pay attention on how you would respond to things that you are not or you don’t have and with no judgements or criticism, accept yourself as who you are. The goal here is to be more aware of how you respond to everything that is happening around you and how it makes you feel about yourself. Rather than pushing the discomfort away, welcome it as part of your experience. Accept everything that is going through your body and space without judgement. Accept yourself exactly as you are and own your experience. Sometimes we have judgements about the way we feel. We think we should always feel happy or peaceful or energized. We have unwelcome views about emotions like sadness, loneliness or restlessness and we criticize ourselves for having them. Most of the time the way we talk to ourselves goes by unnoticed. We don’t pay attention to how hard we are on ourselves and how often we criticize. Now we don’t even realize how much of an impact this has on our happiness. See if it’s possible to connect with whatever you are experiencing right now in an open accepting nonjudgemental way. Not excluding anything, not making any feelings wrong, opening to and creating space for everything. 


Breath into the heart and see if you can generate feelings of warmth and friendliness towards yourself then repeat the following fraises in your mind: 

May I be happy

May I be safe 

May I be healthy

May I be at peace

Repeat them one more time but this time try to save the meaning of each word. 

May I be happy

May I be safe 

May I be healthy

May I be at peace


Offering self-love and self-acceptance takes practice. The more you do it, the more habitual it becomes so everyday whenever you notice self judgements or you begin to attack yourself replace those negative thoughts with compassion and loving kindness. Do your best to release all your “SHOULDS” and be gentle with your imperfections. Congratulate your efforts and celebrate your wins no matter how large or small. Stop the comparisons. Begin to embrace all that makes you unique. That self-love becomes a habit by making it a daily practice and as you watch your judgments dissolve, you watch your happiness grow. Notice how you feel to rest in a compassionate state of self-love and acceptance. 

CONGRATULATIONS ON COMPLETING DAY 2 OF 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS!