When you step into a temple, how do you expect it to be inside: kind, loving, warm, accepting, understanding, nonjudgmental, caring, truthful, serene? If your body is your temple, what’s it like inside? Does it make you want to escape yourself or be home with yourself?

If you’re not experiencing it inside of your temple, then you may be looking outside of yourself for understanding, praise, comfort, joy and love. It creates a hole in your heart to not be experiencing these things in your own temple. Many of us try to fill the hole with food. Yet, there’s not enough food in the world to fill the hole because food is an imposter to what you really want.

If you’re getting verbally beaten up inside of yourself, then it’s hard to try new things because there will be terrible repercussions if you fail. Without self-acceptance, life is harder because your self-esteem and confidence is down and you need acceptance from others to lift it.

If inside your temple you’re hearing messages of being flawed, bad, wrong, not enough, guilty or shameful, you probably want to get out. Distractions such as too much food, shopping, work, drugs, sex and gambling help you to live away from yourself.

What happens when you come back home to living inside of yourself is that you feel your feelings and get the wisdom of what they’re trying to tell you. You hear your intuition clearer. You’re in touch with your truth and trust yourself. You come home to the fullness of the pure love within you.

It’s a paradox that you escape yourself to find what you think is missing from your temple, when it was at the deepest level inside your temple all along! You only need to go deeper inside yourself, to the level under the pain and shame to find it.

When you ask yourself, “What am I feeling? What do I need right now?” You make yourself important and raise your self-esteem. You feel loved and supported because somebody always cares enough to ask you and give you what you need. You! You can be curious about what’s behind your behavior instead of judgmental. You can be compassionate as you listen to your story.

Decide how you want it to be inside your temple and begin to entertain giving these loving qualities and support to yourself.