The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #8 Self Love

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by Arielle Ford

On the first day of Christmas my true self gave to me… a dozen magnificent messages of wisdom and wonder from 12 popular speakers, authors, and visionaries. Each gift is from the heart, given with love exclusively for BellaSpark readers. Enjoy unwrapping these priceless life-affirming gifts!

While sharing and buying gifts for loved ones is a huge focus of the holiday season, we often forget to share love and thoughtfulness with ourselves. What ultimately what makes life meaningful is our presence in our relationships…the time, energy, and attention we bring to each other. In order to really show up for ourselves and others, we need to “fill ourselves up.” Below are four sacred gifts for you to give to you so that there will more of you to share with the world.

The gift of self-care. Learning to love yourself and to take care of all of you, physically, emotionally and spiritually, is the best gift ever. Are you taking the time to nurture yourself on a daily basis? Adding ten minutes a day of prayer or meditation, taking time for a short walk in nature, finding time for a relaxing bubble bath, will nourish you on many levels.

The gift of not taking anything personally. In The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz, he teaches to never take anything personally. Miguel says “nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” Amen.

The gift of silence. Just because you have something to say (an opinion, judgment, point of view) doesn’t necessarily mean you need to share it. Sometimes, by just staying quiet and letting others speak up, you can be more “right” than trying to “be right” about something.

The gift of choosing joy. You control your thoughts and behaviors. You have the ability to choose joy instead of letting your monkey mind obsess, be fearful, or go down a dark hole of anxiety. This year commit to choosing joy and love over fear and doubt.

Arielle Ford is the author of eight books including the international bestseller, The Soulmate Secret: Manifest the Love of Your Life with the Law of Attraction.

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