Welcome to day eight of 28 days of Self-Love.
I just want to say, I am truly grateful to each of you who have come with open hearts and minds to contribute here and cultivate the habit of love through creativity. I absolutely adore reading your contributions each day! I hope each of you has found something, be it small, to take away from this challenge thus far.
Ready for week two? Let’s continue to cultivate the habit of Self-Love through creativity, breath, and gratitude.
1. the action of consenting to receive or undertake something offered.
2. the action or process of being received as adequate or suitable, typically to be admitted into a group.
3. agreement with or belief in an idea, opinion, or explanation.
“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Music Inspiration: Nina Simone – Feeling Good
- Day 8 Exercise: Affirmations
On day four we set an intention and touched on creating an affirmation. Let’s look at affirmations in a little greater detail, today.
Whenever the word affirmation comes up I immediately go to Louise Hay (in my opinion the affirmation queen) and her book You Can Heal Your Life which, I read a million years ago and reread often, is prominent on my bookshelf. Okay, not a million I’m using my melodramatic, creative expression here, or if you wanna get technical hyperbole (see how I snuck in another poetic term *wink*).
Anyhow, that book was originally published in 1984 which according to my son (a few years back) was “the olden days.” Clearly, it was time to educate the young tot. So, set him straight, I did: “1984 is not the olden days. I was ten. I am not olden.”
And I didn’t actually read the book until I was a quasi-adult in my early twenties.
To be perfectly honest though, 1984 does indeed feel like lifetimes ago, now. The book and Louise’s message, however, are timeless and still as relevant, if not more so, than when they were originally published.
Learning of Louise’s passing last year made me reflect on a number of things:
Life is what we make of it. We are given certain ingredients, skill sets, and abilities and acquire others throughout a lifetime. But what do we do with them?
We also experience certain hardships and joys during the span of a life. But how do we react to them?
It’s not what we have or what we do for a living that makes us who we are, it’s what we do while living, with what we have that creates who we become. -grace
So click on the Louise Hay link to explore some affirmations and seek out others on the web. Then create a list of your own. You can use ones directly from her list, or others you may find that you align with, or create your own entirely.
List 10-15 in your notebook.
- Day 8 Create: Anaphora
Anaphora is simply repetition used to create emphasis.
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 brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.
My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil.
I have been given endless talents which I utilize each and every day.
I am a magnet for joy, love, and abundance.
I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.
A river of compassion washes away my anger and replaces it with love.
I release all that no longer serves me and express gratitude for this moment.
I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring.
I am whole, perfect (in my imperfection), strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.
I stay connected to and guided by my inner source.
I release these floodgates; these waters; these tears.
I release the thump and patter of fear.
I release the unrelinquished depth of numb.
And my face and the horrors and the mirror as it reflects.
I release this illusion of time and all the regret.
What whispers, what secrets, what love, forget—
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.
Keep your affirmations close and read them daily as you incorporate the creativity you’ve cultivated today into every day. See you back here tomorrow with another day of Self-Love.