Dear readers and self,
I am writing this letter to commit to myself this month to write ten minutes each day in an act of focusing on self-love and acceptance of my body and self. My intention is to bring in love to my spirit, body and mind to help support myself in loving my self and others in the process. I titled my post The Gift of Receiving and Truly Being Received because this is the gift I gave myself today and am working on in this present moment.
I have found it really easy over my lifetime and currently to put hours into making gifts and giving them to those I love from my heart, but when it comes to receiving gifts there is a small part of me that feels undeserving. This part of me used to be a good 90 percent of myself and now it is more around 5 percent, but I still struggle with receiving gifts from others, whether it is tangible, in energy form or even a compliment. I have experienced much pain and trauma in my life and gifts often came at the price of it being held over my head or it being given in an abuse or horrendous form. I struggle with receiving from others because I have difficulties truly letting others in. This is why I am writing this post–I am standing up and speaking directly to my fear because love would do this. Self-love would write about it, talk about it and even be okay with me not being exactly where I want to be. Where I am is is perfectly perfect.
There’s a line in a song I love by Karen Drucker that says, “I will only go as fast as the safest part of me feels safe to go,” and here is to day one of working on the gift of receiving–being received by others, but more importantly myself.
– Lindsey Wert
Lindsey Wert is a Marriage and Family Therapist in Sonoma County with special interest in treatment and prevention of eating disorders and sexual trauma. Lindsey’s passions are supporting women in learning how to love themselves from the inside out. Lindsey contributes to her community by giving eating disorder presentations, doing prevention work and supporting the health at every size movement. Visit Lindsey’s personal website, From the Inside Out: Self Love and Transformation
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