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If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way
that you sometimes speak to yourself,
how long would you allow that person
to be your friend?

I admit that I catch myself in that negative self-talk cycle. “Why did I do that? What the heck is wrong with me?”

What’s worse is when it goes on for minutes and I don’t catch myself.

Eckhart Tolle urges us to be in the “now.” Buddhism calls it being mindful. However you choose to look at where you should be in each moment, where are you exactly?

Are you off in the future anticipating that plan, that great dream of yours?

Are you visiting your past, beating yourself up for having said something unkind to someone?

Or worse. Stuck in the past because someone said something unkind to you?

It has been said that each time you replay some hurtful scene from your past, you are allowing it to happen to you all over again. You are allowing that person to hurt you again…and again…and again.

Every single time you think about it, that’s what is happening.

If someone has done something to you that was hurtful, don’t replay it in your mind. Don’t live through that pain again. Your body doesn’t really like it, and you know your mind doesn’t like it either.

Be kind to yourself today, right now, in this moment.

Because, in this exact moment, there is peacefulness and you are perfect just as you are.