How journaling, yoga, and self-love are alike...
Loving yourself is a
practice, just like yoga.
Nobody ever got good at yoga by believing in it.
You have to do it.
Even when it's hard.
Especially when it's hard."
~ Emily McDowell
I love this quote. And I think you could easily swap
writing/journaling for yoga, because,
you can't get to the good stuff if you don't actually practice.
And like McDowell says, it also takes practice to love and appreciate ourselves.
Raised in a culture where we're often taught to look outside for validation, approval, safety, and the measurement of success and happiness (among so many other things), it's no wonder it's hard to access our own self-appreciation, love, and compassion.
It would be great if getting to that state was as simple as reciting affirmations, reading a book on radical self love and body acceptance, or sharing inspirational memes on Instagram. But it's not. And most of us know that, since we've been doing some combination of those things (and then some) for ages.
Because, like McDowell says: we've got to practice.
And that's why I do what that I do. Because to break through all the conditioning and negative self-talk, we have to actively examine the gunk, and work our way out. For me, that happens by writing (duh). (And if you're getting my emails: maybe it's that way for you too?)
Which is why I offer my annual Love Fest writing gathering – this year, on February 23 from 6–7:30pm ET – and why I make it super-affordable (just $25).
I'll share tips and creative prompts, and together we'll practice self-compassion and appreciation (which are the first steps toward of self-love) ... by writing our way in.
At the end of the 90 minutes, you'll have put a lot of your heart on the page, and you'll have a renewed focus on the things you love and appreciate about yourself and your life.
If you'd like to join me for this gathering of practice, support, and guidance, you can register and/or find more information about it here.
And if you'd like to learn a little more about it before you decide, pop on over to the website (or drop me a line; I'll reply).