By Suma Varughese
Suma Varughese is finally getting her relationship with herself right
On one such morning, I had woken up feeling ill and exhausted. But there was cooking and other things to be done, so I plugged away. Around noon, I felt I could not physically do one more thing, and yet I still had to grate carrots for a vegetable dish. Closing my eyes and slumping against the dining chair, I grated the carrot with my eyes closed, while murmuring all sorts of loving messages to myself. I told myself how proud I was of myself for doing this, how much faith and trust I had in me. I told myself how much I treasured and cherished myself, and that I was sending myself peace, love and joy. Amazingly, by the time I had grated the carrots, my exhaustion had left me, and I zipped about the rest of my tasks as if I had wings on my feet.
Just as negative self-talk drains us of energy, positive self-talk builds it in us
I recognised then that just as negative self-talk drains us of energy, positive self-talk builds it in us. When we speak lovingly to ourselves, we tap into an inexhaustible fund of energy. I am beginning to believe that if I can form this kind of loving partnership with myself, there is almost nothing that I cannot withstand.
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