We are constantly being judged by others, no matter how well we conduct ourselves, how well we speak, how good our intentions are, how much we seek to improve or learn from our mistakes, etc.
If people judge us, perhaps it is because they haven’t learnt to love and accept themselves as they really are too. (The same goes for us, as we all are on a journey.)
Self-love and self-respect is so important that it requires practice on a constant basis, with the need for mindful breathing, for continual awareness.
How do I know when I haven’t really loved and accepted myself for who I really am fully?
- When I fail to be gentle with myself because I have allowed shame to cripple me instead of using guilt and contrition as an impetus to grow and learn to do better
- When I don’t carry myself with respect and dignity because I forget to be mindful and watch my body posture
- When I judge others, because I haven’t learn how to integrate my light and dark sides
- When I place expectations on others to fulfil my needs, not realising I am already complete and whole