Do you believe that you deserve to live?
Posted on Jun 07, 2017 by Jenna Crookshanks
This was the question I was faced with this morning as I was doing my journaling. To complete the college course that I'm going through, I am required to do Mirror Work by Louise Hay. This is a twenty-one day book of exercises to teach people about self love. Each day, I have to look in the mirror and say a certain thing to myself like "Jenna, I really love you." I then have to journal about it. Sounds cheesy at first, right? I mean, everyone talks about self love and how important it is. I know that I say it to many of you as you come in and out of our office each day.
I tell people about self love every day, yet it's something that I still struggle to practice. I mean, the concept seems easy; but in the midst of our every day stresses, interactions with others, pressures, beliefs about ourselves, and managing it all, this is still slightly difficult to do. It's easy to put ourselves on the back burner. I hear a lot of people say that there's just not enough time to worry about self love. It's kind of crazy because I believe that THE most important thing we will learn in life is love. Love for ourselves comes first.
When people come into this office, they are often tired, stressed, and not feeling well. That's why they come to see me (or Lori). Whatever symptoms they're presenting, the underlying theme is usually the same......they have been putting themselves on the back burner and now their body is telling them about it. (The amazing thing about our bodies is that they don't break. They just seek to be heard or paid attention to.)
Each day, most people go through the day and ignore their basic needs such as: drinking water, moving their bodies, calming down, and eating right. Why is that? I mean, really. Why? Why do we ignore the very foundational things that our bodies need to thrive? I believe that it comes down to the fact that we don't love ourselves.
Somewhere along the way, we took on the belief that we don't deserve the best life possible, whether that be physically, mentally, or emotionally. I'm here to say, that's just a load of crap. In the book this morning, it said that "deserving has nothing to do with being good. It is our unwillingness to receive the good in life that gets in the way. Allow yourself to accept the good, whether you think you deserve it or not."
Do you believe that you deserve to live? To have joy? If not, what's holding you back?
-Jenna Crookshanks, Associate