Smiling Into The Pain

Self–Love 2/15/11

I am incorporating a focus on body love for the month of February.

I started my morning off with Qigong. What a lovely way to start the day!

I imagined an ocean of love above me and below me. I envisioned an ocean of love in front of me and in back of me. I visualized an ocean of love to my left, and to my right. I then imagined an ocean of love within me.

I listened to Mingtong Gu lead me through the spinal bone marrow meditation. I imagined my spine opening to the loving energy from within, and receiving the energy from without.

I felt the energy enlivening my spine, and shoulders. I imagined a smile in the area of my body that was experiencing discomfort.

I did not finish the whole practice, but felt centered, grounded, calm, and proud of myself for beginning.

I am committing to practice more each week.

This practice has benefits beyond the physical. The idea of smiling into the pain is new to me. I have always tried to push pain away. Now I am learning to make room for it, and invite the loving energy into it.

I am developing more compassion for my body as I work with it, rather than trying to control it, and make it pain free, rather than working with the pain.

I wonder what lessons you will learn as you focus on body love. I hope you will share your teachings as they come to you with our Love Warrior community.



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!

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