How to love your­self

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Mindfulness -


Sit qui­etly and closely ex­am­ine a photo of your­self, es­pe­cially the eyes and the area around the mouth. There you might de­tect some vul­ner­a­bil­ity, or some child­like, in­no­cent qual­i­ties, and you can start to feel com­pas­sion for this per­son who is do­ing their best.


Use Facebook and so­cial me­dia as a prac­tice of gen­eros­ity rather than a search for val­i­da­tion. Of­ten, we post our ex­pe­ri­ences on so­cial me­dia to see if other peo­ple like them be­fore we even al­low our­selves to like those things. We can end up need­ing oth­ers to val­i­date our ex­pe­ri­ences.


Sit down with a large plate of food in front of you. Take a few breaths through your nose, smelling the food. Now be aware of pick­ing up the fork and the sense of spear­ing the food. Feel the move­ment of lift­ing it to your mouth and your lips pulling it off the fork. When your mouth is full, fo­cus in on the tex­ture, taste, chewa­bil­ity, and maybe your urge for more will van­ish.


When you’re walk­ing down the street, no­tice who’s smil­ing and who looks up­set. Over time, in­ten­tion­ally fo­cus on peo­ple who seem light and con­tent, al­low­ing their emo­tions to rub off on your own and then send the feel­ing back.

How to Be Hu­man: The Man­ual by Ruby Wax, pub­lished by Pen­guin Life, is in book­stores from Jan­uary 29.

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