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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Soul-Full Self-Love Homework

I have recently been assigned to write lists of what I like about myself.  You know, as silly as that may seem, it is an incredible project.  Once I got started, it was so much fun to keep going.  Start all your sentences with "I am."  Then read them to someone.  Then your partner will read them back to you and look into your eyes with conviction that all the statements are so very true.  Grab a tissue, because it is incredibly validating for a trusted friend to look you in the eyes and tell you how awesome you are, adding their own awesome additions along the way.  I spent an hour doing this with my spiritual group last week.  I was so jazzed from the experience I went home and shared a self-love circle with my grandmother, daughter, and friend.  I audiorecorded my grandmother and daughter reading their lists, so they can open up their own self-love anytime they want. 

When sharing this idea with others, a friend said she did this through a marriage class at her church and she and her husband read eachother these lists every day for a month.  What an incredible boost to yourself and your marriage to validated so often.  My teacher says this list will go where you can see it and add to it every day.  Read it daily, have someone read it to you, and watch the miracles unfold within your life.  Here is a sample of my list.  What is on your self-love list today?

I am strong.
I am determined.
I am persistent.
I am a great writer.
I am lovable.
I am loving.
I am loved.
I am beautiful.
I am a creative dancer.
I am a delicious baker.
I am healthy.
I am a healer.
I am helpful.
I am energetic.
I am a sister to all.
I am a great daughter, wife, granddaughter, friend, and mother.
I am a thoughtful, generous friend.
I am an herbalist.
I am creative.
I am inquisitive and ask clarifying questions.
I am forgiving of those who have hurt me.
I am compassionate.
I am a lifelong learner.
I am worth it.

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