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What You See

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau

Today’s Tiny Buddha talked about judging other people. In the article, the writer wanted everyone to not make any judgements for the rest of the day. Of course, it’s easier said than done. Still, judging doesn’t make the suffering go away; it doesn’t help the people we judge and it doesn’t make us feel any better in the long run.

So, why do we do it to ourselves? I think we need to concentrate on finding the beauty within ourselves and accepting the tiny flaws we have, body and mind. Once we can accept who we are, we can give love to the world. Remember back to my previous post on giving to receive? We have to be the vessels of love instead of finding someone to love us. Then, we will receive love.

There are ways to begin loving your body. Look in the mirror everyday and compliment yourself on something new. Stay away from make-up and clothing compliments. Try to notice the color of your eyes, the size of your lips, the curve of your nose. Find any small thing that makes you… well, you.

As for your personality, begin asking friends and family what they like about your personality. Tell them how you’re feeling about yourself, and you wanted their perspective. It helps hearing what people, whom you love and respect, have to say about you. Note: Yes, I firmly believe we shouldn’t rely on what people say about one’s self. We should simply live the life we want. However, this is an exercise which helped me out. Understand you aren’t looking for someone to make you feel better. At times, we only need someone’s outside perspective to see the beauty we have in ourselves.

Sometimes what you see in the mirror is worth more than words. Love yourself. There’s only one person like you in this world, and that makes you special. Cheesy, yet true!

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