Welcome to day nineteen of 28 days of Self-Love.
Let’s continue to cultivate the habit of Self-Love through creativity, breath, and gratitude.
1. the visible shape or configuration of something.
2. a particular way in which a thing exists or appears; a manifestation.
1. bring together parts or combine to create (something).
2. make or fashion into a certain shape or form.
“Form is emptiness; emptiness is form” —Buddhist Philosophy ‘Heart Sutra’
- Music Inspiration: Sylvan Esso – Coffee
- Day 19 Exercise: Take Inventory
Take an inventory of what you do to nourish your body. How much water do you drink a day? What do you eat on a daily basis? What kind of supplementation might you need? There is a ton of info out there on diet and nutrition and so much of it conflicting. However, once you’ve taken the time to quiet the mind and center yourself, you will then be able to find the information that best suits your personal needs. We are all different. The key is to quiet the mind and tune into your inner knowingness to lead you to the information that is a correct fit for you and your body at any given time. And it’s a process of finding what works and what doesn’t for you.
I have a lot of wonderful books and websites that have come to me at just the right time in my life because I have asked what changes do I need to make. Here are a few resources I’ve had success with (but find what resonates with you): Dr. Mercola, Medical Medium, Against All Grain, and psst… I LOVE Herbivore these all-natural personal care items are fantastic (and if you use this link provided and enter your email you get 15% off your first order).
Create the outer you to reflect the inner you. Be still and listen to . . . you! Do what works for you.
What you put into your body will manifest on the outside. Eat and drink clean to maintain clear skin and optimal health. Garbage in; garbage out. So take some time today and reflect on what you are using to fuel and nourish your body on a daily basis. Be mindful and think of some areas you would like to improve upon. Even if you can only make one small change (and stick with it) a month, you will see tremendous benefits in the long run. Remember its a journey, not a destination. Baby steps. But each one will get you closer to feeling the best you can in each moment and transform you into the best version of you.
- Day 19 Create: Dialogue Poem
Dialogue poems reflect a dialogue between two people who represent different perspectives on a particular theme, issue, or topic. You can express this in many ways, so get creative. Oh and one more thing, I want you to create a Dialogue Poem between you and the inner you (you and yourself) Yup! You read that right!
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:
Today I am whole.
Dialogue Poem: Heat-to-Heart
The mirror speaks to me
even from over here
a whisper, it says…
it glares, and taunts, and smirks
“your hair is shiny.”
It tries to fool me with a compliment
but then I see—really see—all the lines
the mistakes, the tracks love left,
and so, I step back.
This is the game, we play—ugly
tired, spent, a hack with dust-dry
fingertips and a muse gutted from
my womb of content, a has-been
that never was.
And then I think, who are you?
Then, I decide I don’t particularly like
the dialogue in which we partake
In fact, I don’t like any part of it.
Constant criticism, the slice—a rusty blade
and you laugh
and so do you—
Mirror shatters bone.
My sangfroid intact,
I paint my lips red
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.
Be gentle and love what you’ve cultivated today! See you back here tomorrow with another day of Self-Love.