You are worthy, you are loved

June is often a celebratory month with weddings, graduation parties, gay pride parades, and Father’s Day outings. If you are fortunate, the significant milestones in your life are filled with the loving support of friends and family members.

Not everyone, however, receives compassionate care during major life events. External sources—including close family members, in-laws, church communities, and society at large—can sometimes heap destructive judgments on our experiences. In times of confusion, we may unwittingly internalize these false beliefs, adding our own share of negative self-talk.

How do we get to a place of self-love and self-acceptance? How do we navigate through guilt or fear? How do we proceed when someone we love has died or when an old way of life no longer serves us?

Do we believe in our worthiness and in our right to happiness?