Day 7: "I deserve" on the journey of 30-Days to Enlightenment and Well-Being

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You can explore the universe looking for somebody who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and you will not find that person anywhere.
-Buddhist saying
Day 7 Activities:
1) Mantra meditation
2) Minimum 30 minutes of calorie burning
3) Write down everything you eat and sketch your Balance Chart
4) Continue to remain aware of your speech patterns
5) Optional: Repeat grounding meditation
6) New: Exercise on deserving

Everyone deserves pleasure, grace, nurturing, health, the ability to change and many more of the universes' wonders.

Those of us in care-giving professions, parents, people who have been raised to put others' needs first can have a difficulty time cultivating a sense of deserving. It is also common to take on other people's issues and feel drained after exploring a a client, friend, stranger's issues....empathy can be in overdrive. (bloated 2nd chakra)

Others who have been taught to over indulge and "look out for number 1" may have a difficult time experiencing sympathy for those around them, even those whom they care about greatly. This can be (mis) perceived as indifference, self-absorption or an inability to connect. It may also be an over compensation for feeling as though we are un-deserving. (constricted 2nd chakra)

Tune in to where you fall on this spectrum. And over the next week or so, ask people whom you trust where they think you fall.

Using your journal, write down a list of at least 20 things that you deserve, starting with the basics like a roof over your head and keep writing....perhaps adding ideas like, to be spoken to kindly, to have time to myself, to eat healthy foods, etc.

Just write, don't think to much, no one is evaluating what you write - just be honest with yourself and remember to write the words, "I deserve" at the beginning of each new thought. Keep may have a (hopefully) long list...because YOU ARE DESERVING.

Make a little notation next to the "I deserves" that you fully cultivate in your life right now. And make a different notation next to the "I deserves" that you want to be more aware of cultivating where perhaps you have denied your rights to deserving.