Welcome to day ten of 28 days of Self-Love.
Let’s continue to cultivate the habit of Self-Love through creativity, breath, and gratitude.
the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” —Aesop
- Music Inspiration: Kaleo – Vor í Vaglaskógi
- Day 10 Exercise: Hug Yourself
Yup! Seriously wrap your arms around yourself and give yourself a hug. A real hug. Now take yourself out today, you can take yourself to lunch, or grab a coffee/tea and a treat for yourself at a favorite cafe, or take yourself shopping for a little something: a new book, art supplies, trinket or something else that you’ve been wanting to gift yourself but have been putting off. This does not have to be big.
Now take yourself out today. You can take yourself to lunch, or grab a coffee/tea and a treat for yourself at a favorite cafe. Or take yourself shopping for a little something: a new book, art supplies, trinket or something else that you’ve been wanting to gift yourself, but have been putting off. This does not have to be a big excursion, but you do have to treat JUST YOU to something today.
Then while you are out, pay a kindness or small gesture forward to at least one other person today. This can be as simple as looking someone in the eyes and giving them an honest smile. Compliment someone else on something you notice about them that makes you smile. Pay a coffee or tea forward at your favorite cafe. This really can be anything. Just a simple gesture of giving back for the gratitude you are now learning to cultivate within.
- Day 10 Create: Prose Poem
Now grab your notebook and turn today’s outing into a prose poem.
You are telling a story here but unlike fiction writing, you are going to focus more on the flow and poetics here. Now, I am a bit biased but to me, any good fiction always incorporates poetics to a degree. “Always be a poet, even in prose.” —Charles Baudelaire
So this can seem a tad contradictory, however, this is really about exploration. Finding a balance embracing the flow. You can click on any of the links to explore more prose poems and get a feel for what your individual style might embody.
Don’t forget Shadow Poetry is a wonderful resource to familiarize yourself with different types of poetic form or refresh yourself on the different schemes.
Poets.org and their Poem-A-Day is another wonderful site full of resources and a list of forms.
Here is my creative work as a result of today’s exercise:
Lots and lots of hugs!
Waves of whimsy overwhelm the sodden soul. Things such as laughter become an elusive commodity as we drop our anchors and tread the weary waters of life. Have we forgotten how to swim— We all have our tales of high tide and first loves that have come to an end. We paddled out once, ceremonies and rituals as we partook, disposing greedily of love-ness. Another commodity spent. So we were left to float. Lust in palpable waves. But the moon, guide of the tides, brought to shore with ocher skies and turmeric sands a rebirth. We do our best. Lend our hugs. Tote our woes. The moon will rise. The sun will set. Grains of the hourglass continue to fall. It’s 3AM again the hour of clarity and confusion, but love will always call you home.
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.
Your kindness and creativity are thriving today! See you back here tomorrow with another day of Self-Love.