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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

 September 6, 2023

The focus for today is:

I tell myself everyday, "I love you. You are unique and special."

Today's inspiration was written by Phyllida Anam-Áire:

Many of us who have felt unloved as children behave in strange ways in order to be loved. Some of us learned to emotionally abuse ourselves by saying yes when we meant no. We agreed to situations that were hurtful to us in order to keep the so-called “love” of another.

It is therefore necessary for us to truly see today, how we neglect our own hearts so that another approves of us. We will give our hearts away and victimize ourselves for a few moments of approval from another... until one day we see that it is not working.

Here are words from a song I composed in the 1980s:

I didn’t know
They never said
I never heard
Anyone say
"I love you
You’re special"
And so I never felt ok.

Now I am older
And I’m wiser
I tell myself everyday
"I love you
To me you’re special"
And now at last I feel ok.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     Renaming and Reclaiming the Sacred
     Written by Phyllida Anam-Áire.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, publisher of, wishing you a day of reminding yourself (today and every day) that you are unique and special.

Comment from Marie:
Love is our innate right. We all deserve love for the unique being that we are. Let your love for yourSelf shine through and express itself as the love of Life itself manifesting itself in each and every one of us.

Our focus for today: I tell myself everyday, "I love you. You are unique and special,"

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RELATED BOOK:The Last Ecstasy of Life

The Last Ecstasy of Life: Celtic Mysteries of Death and Dying
by Phyllida Anam-Áire

cover art: The Last Ecstasy of Life: Celtic Mysteries of Death and Dying by Phyllida Anam-ÁireIn the Celtic tradition dying is considered an act of birthing, of our consciousness passing from this life to the next. Informed by an early near-death experience, spiritual midwife and former nun Phyllida Anam-Áire offers an intimate overview of the sacred stages of the dying process seen through the lens of her Celtic heritage. Compassionately describing the final dissolution of the elements, she emphasizes how important it is to resolve and integrate our psycho-spiritual shadows and wounds in this lifetime. 

For more info and/or to order this book, click here. Also available as a Kindle edition.

About the Author

photo of: Phyllida Anam-ÁirePhyllida Anam-Áire, a former Irish nun, as well as grandmother and therapist who trained with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, has worked extensively with the sick and dying. She offers Conscious Living, Conscious Dying retreats in Europe and gives talks on children and dying to nurses and palliative care workers. Also a songwriter, she teaches Celtic Gutha or Caoineadh, Irish songs or sounds of mourning.

She is the author of A Celtic Book of Dying.