Unconditional Self Love in 2016

It’s New Year’s Eve 2015 and I am sick with a massive head cold. Honestly. I’m not even the least bit upset about it. It seems being sick and forced to stay in home to take care of myself taught me a big lesson. It showed me the truth in my life.

The truth is I haven’t been very good at taking care of myself this past year. I could feel the build up of pressure and exhaustion happening over the last few weeks. Life events have me worried and I haven’t been sleeping. People I love are sick and in danger which is causing me anxiety. I’ve been lazy with my food choices and put on a few pounds. I haven’t walked or practiced yoga with consistency and now my back is bothering me again. I ran myself into the ground taking care of others and lost track of my own well-being.

As strange as this sounds, I’m grateful for this cold because it is serving as a wake up call for me to get my act together. This cold is my body, mind and spirit’s way of saying “Love ME damn it. LOVE ME unconditionally, the way you love others. LOVE ME!”

In years past, I would start each new year by setting a list of Intentions in several areas of my life. This year I’ve decided to set one Intention, like a Mission Statement, for the new year that will guide me for the whole year. This one intention will positively affect every area of my life by keeping me on point throughout the year.

My Intention/Mantra for 2016 is:

I love myself unconditionally. I make good choices for my body, mind and spirit. I set healthy boundaries in all aspects of my life. I continually challenge myself to grow in knowledge and compassion while respecting my own body’s inner wisdom and intuition. I love myself as much as I love others.

Have you set an Intention for 2016? Are you choosing to grow? Are you listening to your own body’s wisdom and intuition? Do you have strong boundaries? Do you love yourself unconditionally?

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