Inviting Love In

to love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance

I spent this past weekend at the Wisdom Healing Qigong weekend retreat. Mingtong Gu is the Master Qigong teacher. At the end of the retreat he asked us all to think of words that described our experience, or what we were bringing with us from our weekend together.

My words were Body Love. I spent this weekend in sitting meditation, practicing how to be in my body and bring loving, healing energy to it, as well as work with my mind to dissolve discomfort and pain through visualization.

Mingtong Gu would describe this process as “bringing light to the areas of discomfort.”
The words I use are “I brought the healing power of love to areas in my body that were uncomfortable.”

I practiced doing my best not to judge my sensations as pain, but rather to notice the quality of the sensations without judgment. By the second day of sitting meditation I noticed the concept of pain returned, yet I was able to bring love to my shoulder and lower back. I noticed my mind’s ability to connect with the Qi, or loving energy, and bring it to the places in my body that I thought of as pain, and the sensations of pain dissolved!

This Qigong weekend gave me more loving tools for my mind and body. I was able to cultivate an increased awareness and consciousness of being in the present moment, in love. I noticed more patience and an ability to share my love with my family.

This retreat reminded me of the healing, loving energy that is always present and available. I just need to remember to invite it in.

How are you bringing more love into your life, body or mind? You can share your stories with the Love Warrior Community by submitting them here.

Blessings on your self-love journey,

Michelle Minero

Join us in the 31 Day Self-Love Writing Contest to win an autographed copy of Michelle Minero’s book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. Read through the Self-Love Posting Guidelines for inspiration on different ways you can focus on bringing more love into your life through the 7 paths of the Self-Love Diet. Read through 2012’s monthly Self-Love Writing Prompts for ideas on topics you can write about to help you focus more on loving yourself, and read through others’ self-love posts for inspiration at the bottom of the prompts page. Share your self-love journey with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Michelle Minero, MFT 3Michelle 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.

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