Self-Love Diet Tip # 28: Silence
Silence is golden. Silence is peaceful, silence is healing. Silence is a fairly new companion of mine.
When I was a teen, I had a transistor radio that was tuned to KYA 1260 radio day and night. I would go to sleep with my music, and wake up to it.
In my mother’s later years after my father died and she was living alone, she would wake up in the morning and turn on the music or the TV. I loved listening to music with her when I would drive up to visit her, but found the background TV noise annoying. She lived by herself and told me she enjoyed the noise of the TV because it made her feel like she wasn’t alone. “I put the TV on because I like the noise, it’s like having company.”
A while back I was driving to work and I was playing my Beatles CD. I love the Beatles, but I had been listening to this particular CD for a while. I switched to the radio. I began changing stations, not finding a song I liked. I turned off the radio. Silence greeted me. It was lovely, it surrounded me and filled all my empty places in a way that no song could.
Silence allows me to be with me. I get to have myself as company, and it feels good.
In my SoulCollage(r) retreats I invite my participants to choose their images and create their collages in silence. They cloak themselves in this soothing silence as they go about the sacred work of listening to their intuition which guides them to choose the images that belong to them that day.
If you are not used to silence as a loving tool, I encourage you to try it more often. If silence is one of your favorite loving actions, I’d love to hear more about your experience.
Thanks for taking the 31 Day Self-Love Diet Writing Challenge, I look forward to reading more of your stories as we come closer to the end of this month.
31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge
January is Self-Love month, and it marks the 4th year that we’ve hosted the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge. You can participate by submitting your self-love writing to be published on this blog. You can submit your writing here. You can also participate by writing your self-love posts on your own blog and linking back to the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge, 2014 blog post and Facebook event. If you don’t start on January 1st, that’s fine! You can jump into the challenge whenever you want.
Win a Copy of Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works
Each blog post you write is one entry into our random drawing to win an autographed copy of my book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You’ll also be entered into our drawing to win our upcoming Self-Love e-products that we’ll be announcing soon.
If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your self-love writing, you can write in a journal or write yourself self-love emails. If writing isn’t for you, simply reading others’ self-love writing can be powerful and beneficial to you on your self-love journey.
I hope you join us, and I’m excited to witness the self-love journey that each of us takes.
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 stores in Petaluma, Sonoma and Healdsburg, California. For upcoming events and book signings, 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.