The Month of May we focused on the feminine. It was the month of Mother’s Day, and the time of year when spring flowers are blooming, and promises of summer are all around us.
Our prompt was to look for those non-personal symbols of mothering through nurturing behaviors, sunshine, smiles and the beauty of nature.
It’s interesting that last month brought many personal mother reminders when my intent was to be aware of being surrounded by the archetypal mother.
Early in May was the anniversary of my Mother’s birthday, followed by Mother’s Day, which I celebrated on the 31st, and the 1st Mother’s Day for one of my daughters. Next, the day before Mother’s Day, we got a call while on vacation in Hawaii that had us turn right around and fly home to be with my mother-in-law whose life seemed to be at its end. Life is full. It brings birth and death, light and shadow.
For the month of June I invite you to focus on the masculine. June is the month of Father’s Day, and the first day of summer. Summer brings sunshine and warmth, which feeds the seeds of growth.
For this month, I invite you to look for that “fathering energy” everywhere you go. It doesn’t matter if your father is dead or alive. It doesn’t matter if he was loving or hateful. What matters is that today you can tap into the energy of the loving, creative archetypal father whether you are a female or a male.
This loving energy is all around you and in you. It’s that part of you that wants to provide for yourself and others, wants to protect and keep yourself and others safe. You’ll find it in someone’s offer to help you fix something that is no longer working, or figure out how to make something work better. You’ll feel it in a comforting hug, or the confidence in a statement or opinion. It can also be found in the sunshine, the beauty of nature and the architecture in your city. You may recognize the protective masculine energy in the beauty of a hand built wooden fence as you drive in the countryside.
Let the fathering energy in this month and see what you notice.
I look forward to reading your writings for the month of June, and as always, this prompt is just a suggestion, you are welcomed to write about your process living the Self-Love Diet in whatever way it presents its self to you.
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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!