We are always in the process of learning to love ourselves, just as we are, right now, in the present moment. It’s not a matter of, I’ll love myself…..when such and such happens. That is how we suffer. Louise Hay spent her life teaching about loving ourselves. She was a Master Metaphysician, a Master of Love, and a mentor for me. Her teachings about love live on through her books and writings. One of the first books I suggest to people is Louise’s You Can Heal Your Life. It’s a metaphysical primer that is a great starting place….I go back to it continually. Here are some wise words from a wise and loving being.

If you do not love yourself totally, wholly, and fully, somewhere along the way you learned not to. You can unlearn it. Start being kind to yourself now.     —-Louise Hay

While we may not feel loving as we recite the Meditation below, if we willingly keep at it, day by day, we are moved to a feeling of love. We lay in the gossamer wings of good feeling each time we say it. Eventually, without even knowing it, we reach 51% of loving good feeling for our own being, our heart opens to our Self and we fall in love with who we are, just as we are in this very moment.

Many years ago, I began a simple mantra to help me love myself. I would say, just twice a day: I love and accept who I am and who I’ve created myself to be over all the years of my life. At first, it didn’t feel true at all. That didn’t matter. I just persisted, gently, and after about six weeks (after a lifetime of not loving myself) I said it one more time, my heart opened, I saw my true Self in my eyes, the Self of Love that we all are, and I fell in love. With me. And my life changed in that moment, because I was finally willing to see myself through the eyes of love. And I didn’t even know I had reached the 51%.

Here is Louise Hay’s Meditation. Find the words that work for you. And just be willing.

I Accept All That I’ve Created for Myself
A Meditation from Louise Hay

I love and accept myself exactly as I am. I support myself, trust myself, and accept myself wherever I am. I can be within the love of my own heart. I place my hand over my heart and feel the love that is there. I know there is plenty of room for me to accept myself right here and now. I accept my body, my weight, my height, my appearance, my sexuality, and my experiences. I accept all that I have created for myself-my past and my present. I am willing to allow my future to happen. I am a Divine, Magnificent Expression of Life, and I deserve the very best. I accept this for myself now. I accept miracles. I accept healing. I accept wholeness. And most of all, I accept myself. I am precious, and I cherish who I am. And so it is.