Practicing Self Awareness & Self Gratitude

by: Sarah Schoolden

2020 has been faced with very unprecedented times – most of us Americans have been facing hardships with many when it comes to the loss of loved ones, loss of jobs, uncertainty to how bills will be paid for, or when they’ll next see their families whom may be across the country or even across the world. Instead of us all feeling the need to rush back to ‘normalcy’ – whenever that may be – we should learn to take a few steps back from needing and wanting to go back to our normal routine-based lives and find other ways that naturally benefit us from the inside-out.

                While enjoying our time at home it can be either super relaxing and very well needed, or, extremely stressful and boring. If you feel like you’re in need of a little bit of self-love or to awaken your inner Divinity – this practice may really suite you well, and the best part of it all is the only props you need – aside to yourself – is a mirror, writing utensil and paper. Start off with preaching positivity every morning; allow that to be your main objective of the day – to wake up and wear a smile of confidence. Confidence, happiness and abundance are truly the most attractive aspects of a person. People who practice self-awareness and self-gratitude daily wear their glow beautifully. It’s enlightening. It’s astonishing. It’s empowering. If you find yourself lost while trying to relinquish your inner peace, look up affirmations and start by using those. Speak your admiration’s, your strengths, your weaknesses. What you wish to enhance about yourself, or something you wish to let go of. What makes you weak and what makes you strong. Don’t concentrate on the bad, look at it as room for improvement. At the end of the day, we are imperfect beings. We were not created to be perfect and with our imperfections we should embrace them instead of wearing our emotions and insecurities on our sleeves. Allow every day to be a new beginning for you – a new opportunity to manifest greatness within yourself and to the rest of the world.

Tomorrow wake up, go to the mirror and say, “I am beautiful. I am strong. I have a gift in this world to spread happiness like it’s the new wealth. I have been through enough and will continue to stand tall despite these tough times for myself, my loved ones and those around me that are in need. I am proud to be me. I am proud for the life that I have, for the people that I love, for my home, my job and my freedom.” Be aware of who you are, don’t ever neglect yourself or beat yourself up due to how others may judge or perceive you. You know the true YOU, if you are at peace with who you are, then that’s truly all that matters. Know when to be selfish and when to be selfless. Be patient with your personal growth – enjoy learning a deeper meaning of yourself and your worth in this universe. Always keep in mind what our elders would once say when we were younger, “You must always love yourself first before you can love anyone else”.