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Welcome to Day 15 of the I GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION series on self-love.


“ Comparison is an act of violence against the self.” - Iyanla Vanzant.

“ Comparison is the thief of joy.” - Theodore Roosevelt.

An act of violence. The stealer of joy. And yet, how much of our lives, these days, are spent in comparison with others? Even when it is unintentional, our connection with the wider world through social media, the 'news', our choice of entertainment or simply with our neighbours or even our family is often fraught with comparison. Our world, these days, is constructed to keep us in constant competition with one another.

Competition is good for consumerism. Even though we know that most of what we see isn't even real, we still use comparison as the bar by which we judge ourselves. Competition may be good for business, but it is bad for the soul.

Take a deep breath in. Breathe out. Breathing in again deeply, imagine yourself looking into still waters. See your reflection on the glassy surface. Repeat today's mantra:

I GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION TO DISCONNECT. I GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION TO DISCONNECT. I see myself for the truly beautiful person that I am. I see kindness, tolerance, patience and love reflecting back to me. I know that I am not what I have or how I appear to others. I am the sum of my actions, my efforts and the love I offer those around me. I am worthy of love. I love myself for who I am. I know that I am loved for who I am. I give myself permission to disconnect so that I am better able to connect with my heart and the hearts of those I love.

Breathe out.

Take this moment to let those words sink in. Disconnect from self-judgement, comparison and competition. Disconnect from pain. Reconnect with your true self. Reconnect with spirit. Reconnect with self-love.

With love



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