SelfLove365, Year 2, Day 147: (love)

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I open my heart.
I let you in.
I am seen.
I am heard.
I am held.
I remember what it’s like to be me.
I started out inside another, and now I know why I don’t have to do this

alone.

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SelfLove365, Year 2, Day 146: Movement

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Movement fosters change. Movement IS change.

The only thing I am sure of in this life is change, and in the moments that I am stuck, I know that movement can pull me through.

Dancing allows my body to move, to express, to pluck me out of a frozen state by revealing its deepest joys and sorrows.

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And the winner is…

Anja!

Congratulations, Anja! You win a free copy of Artful Blogging!

Thank you to everyone for your comments – I loved reading about how you celebrate yourselves!

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SelfLove365, Year 2, Day 145: Letting go of fear of PAIN. Acceptance of PAIN.

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Part of my personal motto this year is to FEEL DEEPLY, and that includes the painful stuff, too. I don’t wish to inflict pain upon myself to do this. Well, that’s not entirely true – part of the reason I enjoy getting tattoos is to experiment with how I deal with the physical pain, and to be curious about it. In fact, the last time, I noticed that halfway through the tattoo, the pain turned into pleasure!

However, I do wish to allow myself to feel whatever comes up in the moment. Resisting feelings, as I’ve done in the past, hasn’t worked so well for me; instead of moving through the feeling into something else, I wind up stuck in it. Being stuck, or frozen, leads to fear. Arguably, it’s the fear that leads to the resistance in the first place, but I think more precisely, it’s my reaction to the fear (resisting it) that translates into even more fear. It’s like that saying, “What you resist, persists”. So true. Because I grew up thinking I shouldn’t feel anything (having been told, “Don’t cry”, or “Don’t be upset”), I become afraid of feelings, worried they may take over, that they will become too painful to bear, and that I will never escape. Such is the same with physical pain; when my back is in pain, I have a belief that it will never end.

The more I can build the habit of allowing the feelings to move through me, to see that they don’t last forever, and to know that there is something else to feel on the other side of the pain, then the more I can accept, and let go of, the pain.

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Finished and SOLD!

I painted this at the Lovecraft Gallery last night, and sold it on the spot! Woohoo! I love when that happens!

  

Giveaway!!

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In an effort to actually celebrate the things in my life that I’m happy about (I don’t do this enough!), I am hosting a giveaway to celebrate my article about worth in the current issue of Artful Blogging magazine! This publication is full of amazing photography and inspiring words.

Leave a comment below, telling me how you celebrate yourself, and you will be entered to win a copy of Artful Blogging!

The winner will be randomly chosen on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 11:00 MST, and contacted the following day. Yay!!

SelfLove365, Year 2, Day 144: Ask the Authentic Question

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How do I give more of myself to this world? How can I be more compassionate? How can I get out of my own way? What do I need to do to feel my oneness with all beings? Can I allow this moment to be what it is without resisting or trying to change it?

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