How To Celebrate Yourself
“Listen to the sound of waves within you” -Rumi
The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, and a very special time for giving and serving. During this time, we can become stressed as we frantically search for the right gift, decorations, and perfect cuisine in preparation for family gatherings and social events. In the process of celebration, it is essential for us to maintain balance by cultivating life changing qualities that extend beyond the holiday season.
In the process of caring for and honoring others, it is essential for us to take time to wholeheartedly honor ourselves. Celebrating yourself is not selfish. It is comforting and makes you feel better. The better you are, the more people like who you are and enjoy being around you. Do you wholeheartedly celebrate yourself? We often celebrate after reaching significant milestones or waiting until we achieve some distant goal in the future without realizing the small steps taken toward our goal. The marks of celebration can be at any time as we build confidence, courage, and resilience.
As we reflect on our lives, it is an opportunity to cherish the most valuable gift of self-discovery as we come to know who we really are. Herman Hesse quotes, “A path that we walk on every day to get to know ourselves better. Some people understand that right away, others waste their time without realizing it and each man’s life represents a road toward himself, an attempt at such a road, the intimation of a path”. Adopting an attitude of celebration enables us to reflect on our progress as we expand our capacity to attract more joy and meaning in our lives. As Purvi Raniga quotes, “Learn to celebrate everything that has made you who you are”. Through transitional phases of our lives such as health challenges, relationship changes, job changes, or relocation, we become immersed in the challenges without recognizing how much we have overcome.
Triumph in the victory of personal growth and celebrate yourself by appreciating your uniqueness, acknowledging your goodness, nurturing and rewarding yourself to maintain balance.
Appreciate your uniqueness
How much have you overcome? What lessons have you learned? When we profit from valuable lessons, we support our evolution. Rumi quotes, “It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you”. Reflect on your life and celebrate who you are and who you are becoming. With each breath and new day, we have an opportunity to experience life, be curious and adventurous. Joseph Campbell states, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are”. Discover your passion and ignite your creativity by considering your talents and focusing your attention of what you love to do.
Acknowledge your goodness
We often take for granted the good we do, the lives we touch, and the roles we play that enrich the lives of others. We know in our hearts the good deeds and genuine acts of loving-kindness that make us feel good. Generosity, an ingredient of love, is reflected in unspoken gifts of time and attention that make others feel seen and heard. Whether it’s helping others express themselves through creative arts or selfless service, we contribute to their well-being and develop a deep connection with ourselves and others.
We often ignore compliments or may feel undeserving. Accept compliments with grace. Humility, an ingredient of love, helps us build character and serve without the need for external accolades and recognition. Henry Drummond quotes, “After you have been kind, after Love has stolen forth into the world and done its beautiful work, go back into the shade again and again and say nothing about it. Love hides even from itself. Love waives self-satisfaction. Love vaunteth not and is not puffed up”. Humility enables us to maintain a healthy balance.
Taking care of ourselves is a priority. It is essential to keep our cups filled with love as we give and serve. Treat yourself with loving-kindness. Be mindful of your thoughts, find humor, and be gentle with yourself in each present moment. Breathe in the gift of life that is a reason to celebrate. Rumi quotes, “Laugh as much as you breathe. Love as long as you live”.
Refresh yourself and take time to pause and give yourself downtime. Positive mantras, meditative breaks, and expressions of gratitude can shift your perspective at any moment, in any place, and at any time. Journal on your progress. Be present and celebrate the sounds of life such as the laughter of children, the chirping of birds, the sounds of the ocean waves. Lighten your load, do what really matters, and engage in activities that bring you joy.
We can choose love, peace and harmony as the highest expression of ourselves to maintain balance. Whether it is a private affair or with others, you can choose to reward yourself in small or grand ways. Rewards can be extrinsically or intrinsically gratifying. However, intrinsic gratification is self-sustaining and gives us the internal reward of achievement and fulfillment.
You have the power to dream big and make your dreams a reality. The gift of life is filled with possibilities to actualize our potential. Rumi quotes, “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion”. Joseph Campbell quotes, “Live life to the fullest and “Follow your bliss”. Respond to every call that excites your spirit and be open to divine inspiration. Reward yourself for the courage and confidence to pursue your dreams.
Set your intention and make it a habit to celebrate yourself. Be grateful for everything that has brought you thus far. Live by the highest ideal of love that extends beyond popularity and worldly success. Maintain a healthy balance that brings harmony and peace to ourselves and relationships with others. When we do all things with love, there is no greater reward. By celebrating ourselves, others learn to honor and celebrate themselves. Most importantly, we manifest more to celebrate and find joy in our life’s journey.
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