It’s been three weeks since I started this Self Love Challenge. Every day is a new day of learning. Here are some of the things I’m present to at the moment:
- The different parts of me are becoming more apparent as I continue to embark on this journey, some want to sabotage my efforts and others connect me to the essence of who I am.
- Working with these parts is a continual journey and there is always something to learn from them each time they surface.
- Even when it feels like I could always do more, the fact that I’ve stuck with it this far is worth celebrating!
- Making the practices my own, such as connecting the mantra to the steps I take on my walks, is an important way to personalise and sustain the process.
- Being honest about when things are hard is self loving.
- There is a lot of space to take this process deeper and there is plenty of time to do that, it doesn’t end when January ends.
- Mastering self love is a life long learning.
I have a cousin with a Hummer in Alberta, an aunt and uncle on either side of Australia that don’t believe climate change is happening despite fires and floods, preferring to leave it up to god. I have an activist friend in California who knows better, but wants to leave the country because of the corruption she sees, unable to appreciate the positive movement afoot. It reminds me of a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson “People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.”
Yet we have people in Madison, Wisconsin inspired by what’s happening in Egypt, standing up for their rights. No longer being willing to let cynicism and complacency rule, stepping out into a possibility of the future is that they create not sitting down and letting it happen to them.
So I wonder, where can I stand up for what I believe in and be empowered to create the future I want? Oh yeah, my life! That’s a good place to start. If I am responsible for myself, I am responsible for the world.