Let's suppose that there are two main bases for morals that are closely related:
1- Loving your self unconditionally,
2- Trusting your self unconditionally.
Unconditionally means even if you have done something that is considered very appalling by society and yourself, or have made a very serious mistake in your judgment. (You can see how the two are closely related?) "Bases" in the sense that you can genuinely love, trust, help, ... others only when you trust and love your self.
You see that starting from this assumption, clearly the more mistakes you commit, the less will be your love and trust for your self, and you get trapped in a vicious circle! You do not really need to assume truth of God or religion to realize that committing acts that you think are bad can have very serious consequences for your life.
The only way out of the vicious circle is to stop judging, and start embracing and trusting your self. This is not religious, it is more of a simple observation!
The idea is very simple, but there are little that I know in terms of "practices" to help. Yes, you need to "practice" new ways of doing things. No matter how much you "think" about these things, nothing will change until you "do" something. In fact, to be able to trust and love your self, you need to put analytic thinking under control.
Therefore, I have to stop. Truth is typically very simple to envision, although may be hard to get at, and talking makes things only worse :)
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