Self Worth- is the opinion you have about yourself and the value you place on yourself. 


1. Stop all criticism.  Criticism never changes a thing. Refuse to criticize yourself. Criticism comes from the ego. Wayne Dyer teaches us that the EGO is the part that edges God out.  Refuse to listen to the ego; that is not who you are...

2. Don't scare yourself. Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts. It's a dreadful way to live. Find a mental picture that gives you pleasure(mine is yellow roses) and immediately switch your scary thoughts to a pleasure thought. 

3. Be gentle and kind and patient. Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself as you would someone you really loved. 

4. Be kind to your mind. Self hatred is only hating your own thoughts. Don't hate yourself for having the thoughts. Gently change your thoughts. 

5.  Praise yourself. Criticism breaks down the inner spirit. Praise builds it up. Praise yourself as much as you can. Tell yourself how well you are doing with every little thing.  ( I call myself"sweetie girl'-find an endearing name for yourself.)

6.  Support yourself. Find ways to support yourself. Reach out to friends and allow them to help you. It is being strong to ask for help when you need it. 

7. Be loving to your negatives. Acknowledge that you created them to fulfill a need. Now you are finding new positive ways to fulfill those needs. So lovingly release the old negative patterns without judgment. 

8. Take care of your body. Learn about nutrition. What kind of exercise can you enjoy? Cherish and revere the temple you live in. 

9. Mirrow Work. Look into your eyes often. Express the growing sense of love you have for yourself. At least once a day say: "I love you. I really love you!" (You are Divine!) Forgive yourself looking into the mirror. Forgive others in your life. Forgiveness is not condoning. Forgiveness is releasing the energy around a situation. Forgiveness is for ourselves. It releases our baggage. 

Marie Olwell, ssj M.ED. D. MIN.