Everything is relative. As I read the title of this blog post I think to myself, “This is my kind of challenge! I get to focus on loving myself, write about it and hopefully inspire or motivate others to focus on loving themselves. What could be better than that?”
And yet I know that the word challenge in the title, Self-Love Challenge, can be a profound understatement for people who did not experience loving parenting and who don’t believe that they are loveable or deserving of even being alive.
Wherever you fit on this spectrum of the Self-Love Challenge, I invite you to consider being kinder, more gentle and open to loving yourself a bit more today than yesterday. Whatever you choose to do doesn’t have to be monumental. Small kindnesses are a good way to start.
A small kindness I gave to myself today was to take my full hour lunch break. I usually finish eating in about a half an hour, and then I’ll check my messages, return phone calls, do some bookkeeping or do some other form of paper work. Today, I made my lunch, brought it into my office, and instead of sitting on my balance ball that I use as my work chair, I sat on my couch in the sun. I enjoyed my lunch while I leisurely went through my mail. When I was finished, I stayed sitting in the sun on my couch and drank my tea. I sat until my lunch time was finished. My Self-Love Practice was being. My gift to myself was to remind myself about the quote: “Don’t just do something, sit there!”
You don’t have to sit on the top of a mountain top and practice your body love visualization in order to partake in the Self-Love Movement. Simple kindness is all that is necessary. Perhaps you’ll choose to look in the mirror and give yourself a smile. Again, everything is relative. That could be a simple gesture or evidence of monumental personal work. Either way, it’s one example of loving yourself.
Blessings on your journey,
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Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. Michelle’s book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works, was published on January 23, 2013. You can purchase a copy through Amazon. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.
Michelle 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. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.