Dear Love Warrior Community,
It never fails!!! Really? Really!!! I open up a book, draw a healing or archetypal card and it always directs me to where I need to be, or a way in which I need to be thinking whether I want to be there or not. This proves to be the case over and over again. Tonight I opened up a great book called The Artist’s Way and the first quote I see is:
“Here in this body are the sacred rivers; here are the sun and the moon as well as the pilgrimage places…I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body.”
I had just finished a treatment plan for a client which included goals and objectives, one of her goals was working on self love and body acceptance through a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual level. After I got through with this I could see myself feeling depressed. I was not feeling in love with myself or my body. I decided I needed some loving guidance so I opened up this book.
Today I did some emotional and healing work with past incest and traumatic memories and I realize over and over again how conscious I have to be about giving myself self love after this work because unconsciously I don’t feel as accepting and loving towards my body or self, mostly because of the body sensations that I feel in my body. I realize that the best gift I can give myself is to acknowledge where I am at, not making it right or wrong, but accepting where I am at. It is no wonder why I would not feel loving towards my body or self back then…but now is different. I am safe and can choose to do something loving for myself. Back then I could not. The quote hit the core of my soul, hoping and wishing for exactly what it says.
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