Last night was a magical night for me.
I had a book reading and signing at The Sunflower Center in Petaluma. As I looked out into the audience I saw women, past and present, from my women’s circle. I saw men from my past support group, I saw my financial planner and his wife, my writing group facilitator and members from my writing group who came to support me. I saw family, immediate and extended, and some of my clients came as well. And a friend I have recently reconnected with from over 30 years ago drove up from San Francisco.
Perhaps even more exciting was seeing a few people I didn’t know. This is encouraging.
I am aware that my passion for this message of Self-Love fuels me with energy. I love speaking and guiding people to experience the healing power of love that lives inside of them.
Last night is a good example of the power that love has to bolster, renew, refresh and fuel me.
Yesterday started early for me. Before work, I went to my daughter’s home to help her since she’s on bed rest. I was able to help out for little over an hour before leaving for work. During my lunch break, I went to the bank to get money so I could have change for people who would buy the book with cash. Right after my last client I went to Kaiser to go to the doctor’s appointment with my daughter. From Kaiser I went straight to The Sunflower Center. This kind of day could be depleting. I consciously chose to think about what I was doing in each instance, reminding myself of the gift in each moment that I was receiving as I spent time with my daughter, my clients, the bank teller and the doctor. By the time I got to The Sunflower Center, I was hungry and getting tired.
I ordered their raw power drink and once I finished setting up for the evening I began to settle in. By the time I sat down to read and connect with everyone who came for the evening, I was full, both physically and emotionally. I felt empowered, grounded and was living each moment in love and passion.
This month of March our prompt was to look for the light and the darkness in each event in our lives. Who Knows? Was the question posed to ask ourselves when we find ourselves judging something as either good or bad?
Going back over the evening I have been unable to find any shadow in the experience. When I do my best to probe deeper, I am aware of my life goal of slowing down and living a balanced life. I will need to carefully plan events like this so that I don’t overdo it. I will also remember that the message is what is important, not the messenger.
My prayer for you is that you will determine your passions in life, or if you have already discerned what your passion and purpose is in this life, I pray that you will take action on it and let it fill you with love and meaning.
Blessings on your Self-Love Diet.
Michelle Minero, the Co-Founder of this blog and the overarching Love Warrior Community published her book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You can buy her book online or at the Petaluma Copperfield’s bookstore. For upcoming events and book signings, starting April 13th, visit Michelle’s Events page.
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.