Self-LOVE In Action

Self LOVE is a concept or a practice that is uniquely different to each of us. Ultimately for me, it's been a lifelong relationship with my Self that's evolved over decades from abandoned to awkward, to sporadic, to intimate to devoted. Over the past couple of weeks, we've seen our lives & our world as we know it, turned on its end, as this Virus has encircled our entire planet. It hasn't been lost on me, that this may be the first time in history that the collective family is journeying through the same thing at the same time. Everyone is affected in some way, each experience will look & feel as different as the next, but through this pandemic, I feel we are being shown the radical interconnectedness of us all.


Something that's helped me to navigate the fear was to flip the script by imagining that I chose the experience, rather than the other way around. In this way, I feel like I set myself a personal spiritual test, to stay open & available to receive the lessons. How will I show up for myself? For my family? For my community & Planet? What do I want to represent - fear or LOVE? What new thing will I learn about myself? How can I expand? What do I have that can be of service to another? How can I help?

As most of us find ourselves at home, perhaps navigating your own anxieties & uncertainties, I thought I might share a few of the practices I've been connecting to that are helping me to choose LOVE.

Self Care

Listening to my body & giving it what it needs, whether that be movement, nourishment, work, rest, healing, boundaries, water, Netflix, et al.

Daily Meditation

Meditation has truly been a game changer for helping me show up for myself & my life as my best. Even sitting with your eyes closed for a few minutes (preferably outdoors) & shifting from the mind & placing your hand on heart is a great beginning.

Those that know me, know that Deepak is my zen man.

Click to link to free resources I've been loving up lately

Deepak Chopra Daily Breath Podcast

21-Day Meditation Finding Hope In Uncertain Times

Nature As Nurture

Getting outdoors to move, sit, or simply enjoy the abundant magic & beauty of Mother Nature is my portal to self-care & incredibly centering & replenishing.

Feeling my feelings

Allowing myself time & space to fully process my emotions whether that's through automatic writing, talking with a trusted friend, shedding tears, or holding my own hand through the okayness of not feeling okay. What is not expressed is repressed.

Being

Kind, Patient, Gentle & Loving with myself helps me to be the same with others.

Poetry

Putting on the kettle & reading something beautiful is Self LOVE.

Click to link to favorite Poetic wisdom I've been reaching for lately.

Mary Oliver

Rupi Kaur

Maya Angelou

"Nejma" by Nayyirah Waheed

Movement

daily exercise whether that be walking, dancing, or rolling out my mat. Movement is an excellent release for stress & stuck energy, and connects the dots of mind, body, soul.

Connection

Virtual Cups of Tea with dear friends, Intuitive Readings with Clients, Social Distancing with my neighbors, family walks/dinners/playtime are all doing a fine job of keeping my heart full, elevated & supported.

Music

Listening & playing music versus the news

(also limiting my exposure to media).

Goodness

Noticing, truly appreciating, saying & sharing the good.

Sacred Space

Daily connection with my Sacredness. For me, that translates to conversations with the Moon, pulling cards with my Tarot, Spirit Animal & Oracle Decks. Listening for what has not yet been spoken & catching glimpses of what has yet to be manifested. A deep dive