As we move deeper into the holiday season, I see more and more folks getting stressed and overwhelmed. That’s not what Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, etc. are all about. They’re about celebrating the season, one another, and ourselves.

Yet many folks put themselves at the end of their long holiday lists. They don’t take time to slow down and enjoy the season. In short, they have a hard time loving themselves in their frantic rush to get everything done.

Does that sound like you?

Here is what Spirit has to say about this:

Loving yourself unconditionally is the single most important thing you can do in this lifetime.

If you cannot celebrate the miracle that is you first, then you will often find little joy or reason to celebrate anyone or anything else in your world. It all begins with you. Your ability to love, appreciate, and celebrate yourself is the key here.

Make a commitment to taking care of yourself. Many of you simply do not faithfully attend to your own needs and desires. Yet if you don’t take care of yourself first, you’re not much good to anyone else. The best thing you can do for others, for the world, is to put your own happiness and well-being first.

Does that sound selfish? Well, it is selfish. Or, better, self-ish—focusing on, and loving, yourself so you may then love others well. Even your mainstream religions tell you to love God and others as you love yourself. But that message often gets muddled and lost. The part that gets lost is the part about loving yourself. As if that’s some kind of horrible sin.

We want you to see the wonder and beauty you are. We want you to feel loved. We want you to feel worthy. We want you to see yourself with the great love we feel toward you. With the great love God feels toward you.

Love yourself unconditionally, as we love you.

(Excerpted from Spirit Oracle Cards.)

Related links:
Spirit Oracle Cards
Love
Love Is a Choice
Self-Esteem

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