Ten minutes to Self-Love?

The Love Warrior Community’s January 2012 Challenge is to spend 10 minutes writing about self-love each day for January, and it started today.

Can you actually create or build self-love in 10 minutes?

I’m reminded of a saying, “If it seems too good to be true, it is too good to be true.”

OK, maybe you can’t make self-love appear in 10 minutes, but you can create repetitive 10 minute writings with the focus of self-love that will add up over time.

As you wake up each morning this month, no matter which day in January you begin, remember that before you go to sleep that night you have committed to 10 minutes of self-love writing. Notice what your thoughts or emotions are.

I noticed myself thinking. “It’s January 3rd, I should have started it January 1st.” Another rouge thought was, “What if I miss a day, what kind of role model will I be for the Love Warrior Community?”

(I just looked at the clock and I have 3 minutes left… 10 minutes goes by real fast!)

So… my first 10 minute self-love writing for 2012 is about noticing the thoughts that would take me away from spending 10 minutes on something I’m passionate about, and letting them float by like clouds.

With my remaining minutes I’ll let you know that writing for 10 minutes doesn’t allow for the critic to have much time to interfere.

Let’s all agree that our 10 minute writings will be imperfect, perhaps even have some grammatical errors, because perfection is not our goal — love is.

What better way to spend 10 minutes than to focusing on loving yourself?

Blessings,

Michelle

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!


Go here to submit your 10 minute self-love writing: Share your writing with the Self-Love Warrior group blog!, here to see a list of all self-love writing submitted for this event & to get a run down of what’s going on & here to join the event via the Official Facebook Event page & to get updates on the 10 Minute Self-Love Writing Challenge.

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One Response to Ten minutes to Self-Love?

  1. I love this! And I love that it’s so simple, 10 minutes. That’s it. I remember last year we both wrote about our self-love journey, daily, for the month of January. I felt AMAZING. I felt like I was on top of the world, like I could do anything, literally, anything I put my mind to.

    What I felt then was comparable to what I felt my first year as a 6th grade camp counselor for Camp Navarro. I felt 110% comfortable as myself. I didn’t feel judged. I wasn’t self-critical. I wasn’t living in my head. I was living in the moment, I was taking action on what I wanted, I was connecting with others and being open without fear. I loved myself completely and I loved life.

    Writing about my self-love practice created my self-love practice and writing about self-love daily last January gave me this feeling that’s comparable to when I was in the Dominican Republic for 2 weeks during the summer before my senior year in high school. I was fearless, I was living in my body. I wasn’t just living in my body, my body wasn’t a separate entity from myself, I was my body. I was my mind. I was my soul. Everything was the same. I felt uninhibited.

    Writing about self-love last January, daily, gave me this sense of self comparable to my first year in college at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. I never once day dreamed that year in college. In high school I was a big day dreamer. I day dreamed about what I wanted in life that I didn’t have. In college, I was living my life, connecting with others and experiencing life in a way that I could have never imaged. I was living life. I was exploring. I was learning. I left high school with one best friend. I went to college and gained many best friends and my whole college and the alumnae became my 2nd family. I wasn’t self-critical. I was confident. I loved myself.

    Writing about self-love last January, consistently, helped me open my eyes to a new world, to a new view on life. It opened a thousand and one new doors and windows in my mind, allowing my thoughts to expand in ways unimaginable before. I was in love with life, and I was in love with life because I was in love with myself.

    The act of writing about self-love and my self-love journey helped me to consciously think about self-love each day. It consciously helped me to bring self-love into my life each day, into my actions, into the way I treated myself and others. It’s an amazing tool.

    I stopped writing daily, or consistently for that matter after last January. I haven’t written a self-love post in awhile, until today when the 10 Minute Self-Love Writing Challenge started. I wasn’t writing because I told myself I didn’t have the time. I questioned myself, what would I say? My mind was blurred with distractions and “I have to dos”, but 10 minutes, I can write for 10 minutes. And having a time limit helps liberate my thoughts. It’s liberating. 🙂

    I’m so excited for tonight, tomorrow and the rest of this month. I feel good right now, but as this month continues and by the end of this month — my energy will be sky rocketing and I will be in love with because I will be more in love with myself. 🙂

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