Hello Dear Ones,
I hope and pray that January treated you kindly and, more importantly, that YOU started to treat yourself more gently.
It's February, traditionally thought of as the month of love. I'd like to invite us to reframe February 2018 as "The Month of Loving Yourself." This is the perfect time for you to remember that loving yourself well is the pre-requisite for loving others well.
I've sure struggled with self-love over the years. The very first time came when I knew I had to take better care of myself, but if I did that--before I took care of everybody and everything else—wouldn't that be selfish? Ah, there's the rub! Over time, I came to discover that when I took good care of myself, I had the energy to care for others too. I wrote a short blog post about this the other day. Have you struggled with this, feeling selfish when you do what's best for you?
Today, the word "selfish" is banned from my vocabulary. I prefer the word "self-aware" instead, especially when it comes to taking time to do what my body-mind-spirit needs to be well and happy. Perhaps you'd like to ban the "S" word from your vocabulary too, to free yourself to care as kindly and lovingly for yourself as you do others! Be kindly self-aware, instead!
Here are some readings, resources, & practices you can do this month to help make February YOUR month of Love.
Put yourself on the calendar!
Have you considered scheduling in "me time" and actually writing it down in your planner? Or, better yet, how about using this strategy to help you give yourself the TLC you need?
Download this article I wrote, "30 Days to Loving Yourself More." It contains a February calendar with a square for each day citing something you can do to reinforce your growing practice of loving yourself. Enjoy, and have fun loving yourself more, all through the month!
Continue to read through your free books!
• In Coming Home to Ourselves, read Chap. 3: "Nurture Your Body." Invite yourself to find loving ways to love your body this month. How can you feed it better, move it for longevity, pamper it with kindness, and create self-nourishing rituals?
• In Your Truest Self, read Chapter 5, "I Cultivate Compassion for Myself." This will be discussed in our webinar on Feb. 25.
Helpful Videos in the Month of February
For your month of self-love, you might want to view these videos on my Vimeo channel.
"What is Self-Compassion?"
"Take Self-Compassion Breaks"
"Breaking Habits with Self-Compassion"
Being Enough - A Guided Meditation
At the conclusion of Chap. 6 in my book Your Truest Self, "I Cultivate Compassion for Myself," is a Peaceful Pause for "Being Enough." I have recorded this and turned it into a meditative exercise. I hope you do it, enjoy it, and begin to feel your "enoughness."
Join the February Webinar:
On Sunday, February 25 at 7:00-8:00 p.m. (ET), I will be hosting the 2nd webinar on "Living Gently." We will use Zoom again. I'll send you an e-mail with a link to enter the webinar. As we get closer to the date, I will send you more information on this. The topic will be "Self-Compassion: The Myths and the Magic", based on Chap. 5 in Your Truest Self.
If you cannot participate in the webinar live, no worries, though I hope you will try to join us! A recording of the program will be sent to you.
Results of the January Drawing
I'll be sending you an e-mail in a few days announcing the winner of the January drawing and sharing a short video showcasing the February prize for the next drawing. It's very special and will "cloak" you in LOVE!
As always, I hold you in the highest regard and send you whooshes of big fat, juicy self-love!
"May all beings be at ease."
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
Co-Founder & Co-Director,
Spiritual Guidance Training Institute www.SpiritualGuidanceTraining.com
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The Year of Living Gently
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