Yeah Self-Esteem!

How wonderful it is to feel good about who you are, knowing all your faults and failings and still love who you are.  Looking at all your bumps, lumps and bruises and still see beauty is empowering to your self-image.  We tend to lose a positive self-image when we begin to define our looks and our intelligence based on a world view.  When you look at family, friends and co-workers as the gage for how you should live, move and have your being.  This is how we get lost in the sauce.

The Buddhist term, Nirvana is a state of bliss or perfect happiness.  In Christian thought, Nirvana is heaven.  We can have a level of heaven on earth and it begins within us.  What would that look like?  Inside of you, there is no judgement; your skin color is beautiful regardless of what others say or think, you are at peace with your physical appearance, your mind embraces unity and love and your spirit is at oneness with the Source, God.  This would mean teaching yourself to tune out the negativity projected on you by others.  You will not take on the anger and hate of others.  You will not seek revenge.  You say to yourself repeatedly, “I am love, I am peace, I am one with God” especially when you are tempted to resort to negative speaking or thinking.  Philippians 4:8 reminds us, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

There are those who were raised in a household where they were belittled daily.  They did not receive positive encouragement.  Some family members used you to satisfy their lusts, making you feel like trash.  As heinous as that is, it still does not define who you are.  People will always try to project their pain on you but you can renounce that pain by growing up and away from their energy.  Yes, bad may have happened to you but God wants to lead you out of it.  You must put in the work.  Seek professional counseling.   Journal, there are various ways to journal.  Write a letter to the person that hurt you; no, you do not have to mail it.  This is a form of release that takes the poison out of you and puts it on paper.  Once you have finished writing down everything that you would have said to them.  Pray to God, releasing their actions to Him, then tear up the letter or burn it and be done with it.

Energy is positive or negative, you want your internal being to be filled with positive energy.  Holding on to what was done to you can make you bitter and vengeful.  Today, begin to see yourself as whole, beautiful, loving and kind aligning with the qualities of Christ, not the world.  God made no mistake when you were created, do not let the world beat God’s light out of you.