I would like to, at this point, sketch out some of the thoughts I have been having about what it means for me to explore Mental Wellness. First, I want to claim for myself, and invite you to join me, that investigating wellness, whether from a mental perspective or physical or spiritual, I am not making a statement that there is something wrong with me. Instead, I am claiming that I want more of a good thing. This slight shift in thinking helps me keep my intentions on the most beneficial path. It helps me stay positive.
I say to myself as I once heard Pema Chodron quote from her mentor…I am perfect just as I am, and I could use a little work. This little phrase is important to me. It offers a way for me to be gentle with myself while I reconstruct a few areas which might benefit from improvement. It directs me in guiding my thoughts toward self-love and away from judgement. Judgement is often one of the things that has created pain for me. It is like an herbicide that is labeled fertilizer. Nit-picking flaws appears to help me see what needs fixing, but in actuality, it keeps me from growing. Self-love then become the sunlight for any part of myself that has been trying to grow in the dark. It allows me to bloom.
Wellness Art-ivity: Rigorous Self-love
This week I invite you to instigate a self-love revolution in your life. Challenge yourself to practice self-love. Self-love begins in the heart and is shown in action, but thought can either help it or hurt it. So become curious about how your thoughts support self-love. Everyone will have judgmental thoughts. It is part of the human condition. But this art-ivity invites you to have understanding and empathy for the mind’s tendancy to judge. Yes, to practice self-love of the judgement….to be gentle with the judging mind. In that way, we help to grow in our ability to love ourselves…even the parts that could use a little work. Then, create a work of art which shares what you have learned from your week’s focus on self-love. Return on Friday to share the link to your response.
I look forward to connecting with you all again. I missed you this week. Feel free to drop a note in the comment box to let me know how you have been.