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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Write a Love Letter to Yourself

"Write a Love Letter to Yourself
More Guidance Solutions

By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer, Care2 Healthy Living Channels.

Do you constantly criticize yourself? Are you filled with negative self-judgment? If so, you are not alone--most of us suffer terribly from lack of self-acceptance, especially during the Valentine season when everyone is talking about love--but often not feeling much self-love at all! But there is a powerful, loving, healing antidote at hand. When we write an open-hearted letter to ourselves (and you actually mail it and receive it in the mail), we connect with the compassionate Witness Self who sees our struggles and our inner essence and loves us unconditionally. We know people who still reread the letters they wrote to themselves many years ago, and every time they do they find such deep comfort.

This may well be one of the most moving and helpful activities that you ever do. Find the simple directions here, and let the healing begin:

First, find a time and place where you won’t be disturbed. Bring a piece of paper, an envelope and stamp, and a pen with you.

Take a few moments to close your eyes and simply notice your breath and any sounds you can hear where you are."