Love Is More Powerful Than Any Evil

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Today is the last day of my vacation. I woke up this morning and walked into the living room to find my husband watching the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. As I joined him on the couch, the character … Continue reading

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Speak Your Truth

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What’s your truth? Do you know? I remember a time when pleasing people and avoiding imagined conflict was so important to me that I would say whatever I thought people wanted to hear. Soon, I had lost myself, and wasn’t … Continue reading

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Declaring Independence

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Today is the last day of July, but it will not be the last day that I focus on this month’s prompt: Declaring independence and celebrating what’s important. This has been a very powerful focus for me this month. I … Continue reading

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You Got a Friend in Me!

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I read somewhere recently that, “Getting to know someone is one of life’s greatest challenges and pleasures.” This is as true as any statement I can think of. Would you agree? Communication stems from a desire to know and a … Continue reading

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You Deserve Self-Love!

The world is full of people hating themselves for their defects and flaws. Being in my own recovery I have found out that I should never feel ashamed about myself. One thing that has been helpful is that my journey … Continue reading

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Getting What you Ask For

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July’s prompt ignited the desire within me to declare my independence from needing to accomplish and “do” things in order to feel good about myself. It was a good reminder to be careful of what I ask the universe for, … Continue reading

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Declaration of Independence: Freedom to Be

Declaration of Independence: Freedom to Be

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Today is July 4th 2014. Just as our leaders wrote a declaration of Independence from Great Britain, today I write a declaration of independence to myself.

I declare independence from the idea that my worth and value comes from what I do rather than who I am.

I am proud of my accomplishments in this life time. I know I have helped others and created opportunities for people to gather and be of support to one another and the greater community. I do not see my accomplishment- based life as a negative, however it does have a shadow. What I am declaring independence from is the connection of my self-esteem to what I accomplish.

I am not what I do.

I am yearning for more ‘down time” where I can “be” and not have a goal I am working towards eat up the blissful empty space in my mind. My intention is to grow my ability to be quiet, observe, listen, and enjoy the power of the moment. When I let go of all that has passed, and all the thoughts and dreams or list of things to do in the future, I am left with myself, what ever surrounds me, and is in me, in the present moment. This is all I have. All the rest is illusion. I am not what I have been. I am not what I will be. I am totally complete in this moment. There is a joy and peace and serenity in this knowledge.

I am declaring independence from needing to accomplish things. This does not mean I won’t continue to actively participate in this life. I know there are things I want to do and accomplish. What I am declaring independence from is needing to “do something” grand in order to have worth or value. I declare that my very being, just like yours, is enough. My intention is that by being with myself and listening to my hearts desires, I will make this world a better place each day. It does not need to be connected to passing a bill in the senate, creating a recovery program, or building a successful business. I know the world is a better place when I offer a smile to a stranger, a hug to a friend, listen to others with my heart, or spend time “being” with my loved ones.

What will you declare independence from this month of July?

Blessings to you on your Self-Love Diet Journey,

Michelle Minero

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