The 52: Lesson Eleven — More on Loving Yourself



Conquer the devils with a little thing called love.

That’s the observation of the legendary Jamaican musician Bob Marley.  That “little thing” called love turns out to be a very big thing indeed!

Are you prepared to really love yourself?  Regardless of circumstances?  No matter how much you have judged yourself and felt lacking? Even if you worry that you will never be worthy of love — from others, from your family and friends, from your own self?  Maybe you think you are just too imperfect, scarred, disgusting, unacceptable, terrible — a curse to everyone and everything? Hold on!

Is it too extreme to imagine thinking all that I have described?  Too impossible to imagine anyone coming back from such self-denial and self-hatred?  Yet it happens and not so rarely.  Most of us go along, feeling pretty good and then something– the big something — happens and we plunge into the ego’s damaging messages.

It might be a small something that we use to berate ourselves.  I can’t find my car keys.  Or I forgot to pick up the dog food.  Or I overslept.  Whatever it is, it is not worth blocking out the love that is pulsing and glowing inside of us. Don’t forget that these only “thoughts.”  At some point we learn that they don’t have much meaning in the spiritual realm.

Often times the judgement comes from those around us. and, for some reason, we take it to heart.  We believe it, even if we know it is absurd to do so.  Think of bullying.  It is reprehensible enough for youngsters, but it can happen to us at any age.  I like the expression that “whatever someone else thinks of you is none of YOUR business.” It isn’t, but few of us believe it.

We need a line of defense against attacks by others and ourselves.  I urge you to review the last lesson and to engage the heart massage whenever you harbor feelings of loss of love.  And bolster it by repeating the affirmation, I love myself completely NOW.  See your self surrounded by love and protected engaging an image of those you know love you (living or out of this world) and by God or Jesus or angels or saints or a totem or any higher power you trust.

In my life, I have, many times, had periods when I felt bereft of love.  I have lived long enough and worked with enough people in my spiritual teachings to know that we can all be subject to this feeling.  It hurts when it happens.  We feel lonely and vulnerable.  We might feel that we will never escape those feelings.  That we have plunged to the depths, with no way out.  But we don’t have to stay there.  We don’t!

Trust me!  The heart massage and the accompanying messages WORK!  Don’t spend another minute feeling separated from love!

I deeply love and accept myself even…

Finally, remember that, in the world of yoga, we are all one.  When you ask for love to become manifest for you, you may be surprised at how the universe will click the “on” button and you will be sent love.  Just in writing these words, I am sending love to you right now.  Trust me!

With love and namaste,  Deanne

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About deannemincer

Deanne Mincer has been a long time student of religious and spiritual studies. For many years, she was a practitioner of yoga and in the late 1980's she was drawn to share her enthusiasm by becoming a yoga teacher. Her certification, from the Himalayan Institute, was a comprehensive two year program including the study of anatomy, diet, nutrition, Ayurvedic medical practices, the methods of teaching hatha yoga, the science of breath and the study of raja (the royal path of yoga) philosophy. She has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual classes for more than twenty years. In the mid 1990's she became a follower of Siddha Yoga where she experienced a spiritual awakening called shaktipat and her teachings took on a new and freshly informed understanding. As Deanne continued her studies, she learned level one in Reiki and also sutdied with Henry Grayson, Ph.D. where she refined her work with muscle testing and the complex of energy healing methods Dr. Grayson has developed for use with his patients. Dr. Grayson's work is illuminated in his books, Mindful Loving and Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. Deanne teaches group and private classes in yoga as well as stress reduction programs and meditation in many forms (sitting, walking, whirling, meditation in action, and "sleeping" meditation called yoga nidra). She has developed methods of using yoga in treating those with life threatening diseases as in the programs she designed for Gilda's Club and Friends in Deed in New York City. She was a consulting producer on an alternative health program for CNBC's Alive and Wellness, and she has demonstrated yoga on network television. Deanne created the audio DC, Inner Light Yoga with Deanne Mincer and she has spoken widely and demonstrated meditation in many venues. Deanne is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher. She is known for the keen interest she takes in her students' physical and spiritual development. She stresses that each student should work at their own pace in a non-competitive and caring environment. You can read some of the comments her students have shared in the Tesimonials Section of this site. Her teaching is grounded in her own steadfast spiritual awareness - that each of us is a being of eternal light and love and that we can all come to knowing this truth for ourselves. She is eager to help guide you on this joyful path of body, mind, breath and spirit.

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