Today’s Self-Love Diet tip is to find writings that inspire or uplift you, and read them.
I’ve been reading a lot more lately. At first, I began reading at night before going to bed to help me sleep, then I started to read periodically throughout the day as a way to ground and re-charge myself. Recently, I’ve also been reading as a way to self-soothe when I notice my anxiety rising. I also read to be inspired. Reading is a powerful process.
Lately, I’ve been re-reading my mom’s book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. We’re working on creating an e-course based off of her book that we’re going to release at the end of this February. I’ve read this book a lot. I edited the book, and it doesn’t matter that I’ve read it over and over again, it still impacts me the same each time I read it.
Reading her book has really helped me to ground my thoughts, increase my self-awareness and set my intentions for the day each morning.
So, I want you to find writing that you find inspirational, and read it. You may find that reading others’ self-love posts on this blog inspires you. Perhaps reading something you wrote inspires you. Maybe you have a favorite author, book or quotes that are your go-to readings when you need an energy reboot.
Find a writing that inspires you and read it. One step further, read it each morning, or read a different writing each morning, and help it guide where you want to set your intentions each day.
To end this post, I’ll include an excerpt from my mom’s book from the chapter, “Self-Love Prayer, Letter and Manifesto.” My mom began her Self-Love Diet practice in earnest in 2004, and she wrote herself a self-love prayer that she read each morning to set her intentions for the day.
Here is her 2004 self-love prayer. You may want to write your own self-love prayer, letter or manifesto.
Today, I am a strong steady tree that is coming into a new season of growth and fruition. Self-Love is a journey I am beginning in a new comprehensive, conscious way. I’m peeling the proverbial onion to new depths as I come into contact with the lovable gifted person I was created to be before hurtful experiences stunted by growth.
Today is a new day. I commit this day to Self-Love. I commit this day to the power of the mother in me who loves me without reserve. I stand in strength together with Love Warriors of all ages for positive spiritual influence. Self-Love is the answer and self-forgiveness is the path.
I forgive myself today for the part I had in my own demise. I can see the part of me that swallowed whole all of the negative comments, beliefs and messages I received.
It stops today.
I forgive myself today for any mistakes that have caused harm to me, or others.
I forgive myself today for any mistakes I may make in the future.
I have the understanding of humility, which teaches me that I am only human, and therefore perfection is no longer my path.
Humility helps me connect to the imperfection, and glory in everyone.
If I do not judge others, I offer others the opportunity to not judge me.
I understand that I have no control over what others think of me.
Today, I commit to being the best me I can be, letting go of my past need of approval from others.
By nurturing non-judgmental relationships, I create the climate for vulnerability.
Vulnerability offers the incredibly healing power of emotional honesty.
Emotional honesty allows others to see me and invites them to accept me with all of my flaws and foibles.
The experience of another human being accepting me with my imperfections allows me to cultivate self-acceptance and self-love.
Today, I begin this process by being willing to love myself unconditionally.
I will not judge myself harshly.
I ask for divine assistance in remembering that “I AM ENOUGH; I HAVE ENOUGH, AND I DO ENOUGH.”
Please remind me to ask for guidance each day.
Help me to reach out to myself as you would have me reach out to others.
I understand that by reaching into myself and offering love, I am coming in closer contact with you.
Thank you for guiding me to take this time with you each morning. Help me to be a blessing to all I meet this day. Amen.
– Michelle Minero
– Emelina Minero
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.