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Gaining Self-Esteem

This is lesson 23 in the series "Conquering Codependency - Loving Without Leaning" looking at aspects of codependency from a spiritual point of view. Each of the 48 lessons includes a prayer or meditation.

Self-esteem is not just a catchy phrase. It opens doorways that we may walk into public life and even just face the mirror - viewing ourselves as worthy and complete people. Able to look ourselves in the eye. Able to look others in the eye, too.

The doorway that shuts us off from marching forth opens slowly at first and then completely as we develop our Self qualities. Because it is really in the reflection of our inner Self that we are happiest and shine forth best in the world.

A journaling meditation

In the evening write about the day in a journal. Then reflect honestly on events and formulate written goals to increase self-esteem (some ideas follow).

More ideas to improve self-esteem

- Pick an esoteric quality to imbue - charity, kindness, caring.
- Be serviceful instead of acting needy.
- Take good care of your body - diet, exercise, rest.

A needy person thinks happiness comes from what they get - a person with self-esteem has found that happiness is enjoyed in the very acts of giving.

Take heart in the reality that self-esteem is gained or regained slowly, step by step each day, but can be felt moment to moment when giving unconditional love.

Self-Esteem Prayer

“Dear Lord, help me to
Allow my best self
To shine forth each day
Through positive attitudes
Thoughts and actions.
Remembering my best
Feels the best.”


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Article and ebook by Susan Helene Kramer

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