Welcome to day one of 28 days of Self-Love.
Are you ready to cultivate the habit of Self-Love through creativity, breath, and gratitude? Well, you’re in the right place.
Maybe, like me, you never really learned the art of self-care or what it means to truly love yourself. Maybe you know you totally rock and how awesome you are right at this moment. Or maybe, you fall somewhere in the vast in-between. Wherever you are today is exactly where you need to be. So take a deep breath—
and let’s begin.
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” -Rumi
- Music Inspiration: Erik Satie – Gymnopédie No.1
- Day 1 Exercise: Streaming Gratitude
Find a comfy spot and grab your notebook. Write: I am grateful for… at the top of a fresh page.
Now, focus on things in your life, personal or professional, that you are grateful for and begin a list. There is no right or wrong here. None too big or small. Just begin listing things: piping hot cup of morning coffee or tea, bluebirds at your window feeder, a kind word from a co-worker or friend, a morning cuddle from a child or loved one, etc.
You could set a timer for 3 to 5 minutes if you like more structure. As you get toward the end of the list more things will surface. Strive for 15-20 things you are grateful for.
When you feel you have reached a stopping point, choose the three items that you felt the biggest connection with; the three that made your heart swell. Those 3 are the ones for the creative part.
Additionally, you may incorporate this gratitude exercise into a daily routine, or even weekly. I’ve found that when I wake up, before I crawl out of bed, if I run a mental list of 3-5 things I am grateful for it helps to set the day on a positive note. Though, keeping a notebook of gratitude is wonderfully fulfilling, as well, and can be used for future creative inspiration. Even if only kept weekly.
- Day 1 Create: 3 Line Poem
Take your top three items of gratitude and create a 3 Line Poem. [If you know me, you had to know we would begin with Three Line Poetry.] ;)
You can use all three things and turn it into one poem or alternatively, take each item and use it as the inspiration for three individual 3 Line Poems. If you are not sure what Three Line Poetry is, click the link to see more.
Keeping it simple: Three Line Poetry is typically unrhymed and contains three lines of concise verse. I try to keep mine under ten words per line. There is no specific syllable count. Brevity is key.
Try to use emotive nouns and strong verbs. Discard as many articles as possible. Evoke emotion in the reader by stripping away all the unnecessary words. Adverbs and adjectives are more powerful when used as salt on food, sparingly.
Here is my creative work as a result of today’s exercise:
I am grateful for:
the sun’s warmth.
the kindness of strangers.
finches at my feeders.
3 Line Poems:
yellow palette sun
and moons of disillusion,
wonder slips between palms
I’ve been a stranger
in my own skin,
peeling flesh like an onion
finches at my feeders
startle like my heart
and Earth, she whispers secrets
Another thing to keep in mind here: be true to you. Experiment and play. There is no right or wrong in creativity. Cultivating creativity is just like healing, you will try new things and you will change and grow, but you will still be you. I have always been drawn to the darker parts of the psyche and the whys and hows of the mind, body, and soul. Thus, I gravitate toward the darker side of prose and poetry. Healing does not necessarily mean rainbows and unicorns. It can. But you will not, typically, see rainbows and unicorns in my writing. That is me being true to myself and is not indicative of a lack of healing. When you finally understand who you are as an individual you begin to understand more about the world around you, and you learn that judgment is a sign of fear and a lack of self-understanding. Go gently and do you. Create the best version of you. xx
Love and Ink,
I invite you to share your poems in the comment section below or link to a blog or personal website. Read and comment on others. Introduce yourselves. Get involved. I’m excited to see what all you lovely souls have created. A few other pointers to keep in mind:
- Do what you can each day.
- Go at your own pace.
- Maybe, you don’t pop back in to post stuff here until the next day. That’s okay too.
- There is no right or wrong here.
- Do the exercises and then create at your own pace.
- The personal part of this journey is what you explore and uncover through each of the exercises.
- Don’t fret about the creative segments; they should be fun.
I am grateful for each of you who have decided to join me on this journey of 28 days. Now smile for all your gratitude and the creativity you’ve cultivated today! See you back here tomorrow with another day of Self-Love.