Day 7 of the Self–Love Challenge
I did not do my mandatory walking today, but I did go to the chiropractor before work.
I did not do my mirror work, but I remembered that I consciously sent love into my body, energetically, while I was showering this morning. When I was drying off after my shower, I noticed that I’ve come to love and accept my imperfect body without straining, or acting as if, otherwise known as fake it till you make it. There’s a natural acceptance that I don’t think I would have noticed if I was not mindful of looking for Self–Love actions or thoughts.
The perfection in my work day today was not connected to each of my clients having a super positive day. The perfection comes from our ability to be with one another with what is imperfect, but true in a given moment, without turning away, hiding, or trying to make it better, or different. The trust that is inherent in their ability to share their stories with me is what allows love to come in and mingle with the grief, joy, confusion, success, and trauma.
Self–Love can come from simply being with myself in my imperfection, without judgment. I don’t necessarily have to have a pre–set Self-Love plan for the day. As I live out my days with mindfulness, I can pay attention to the opportunity each moment offers me to love myself, and others.
Today I was given a gift during one of my sessions that I want to pass along. One of my clients came to this realization:
Self–Love = decreased self–criticism, increased self–acceptance, as well as the ability to be more conscious and aware that there are choices to make. This awareness allows different choices to be made, resulting in more positive inner experiences, as well as more positive interactions with important others in your life. In this way, loving yourself not only makes you feel better about yourself, but it positively affects those around you that you love.
I look forward to reading what insights you gain from focusing on Self–Love each day.
Visit my Self-Love website to find out more about the Love Warrior Community. It will launch this weekend. Visit Daylle Deanna Schwartz’ website to take the 31 Days of Self-Love Pledge and to receive her free e–book, How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count The Ways.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!