S E L F • L O V E
Before I share my response for @iammelwells #SelfLoveWeek Day 1, I want to talk a bit about why this challenge, and work like this, matters so much.
Massive amounts of our resources in time, energy, money and personal power are poured into dozens of industries because of an enculturation that teaches self doubt, self-hatred and lack mentality. From the overt to the subtle expressions of it, this self concept that we are never going to be enough as we are has been wired into us creating disempowerment and fostering an externalized focus for our self worth. In the name of bridging the gap between where we are and what will make us enough we have developed a dependency on products, programs and treatments that will take us from a false state of total lack to ‘almost enough to be lovable and worthy, but never quite there, so you’ll just have to keep coming back for more’. This is the work of calling bullshit on the whole toxic paradigm and reclaiming our personal power, disentangling ourselves from the belief systems and structures that say that we are lacking or unlovable and holding space for others to do the same.
It’s homecoming to the knowledge that each of us, no matter what qualifiers and adjectives may be used to describe us in terms of race, religion, sexual identity or orientation, size, shape, hair colour, personality traits, personal challenges and experiences, inches of cellulite, number of zits, or any other thing, is wholly and completely enough exactly as we are. Full stop.
And now, “one thing I love about myself is...” My resilience and persistence with the process of standing in authentic embodiment of who I am. The perpetual renewal of my commitment to show up as myself more and more fully, in all shades, layers and aspects of myself with grace and humility and to learn through that process how to allow and hold space for others to do the same. It’s a work in progress and the act of self loving has allowed me more space to forgive my missteps and tussles with the unconscious parts of myself and to start over again and again.
Love you all, sweet rebels & revolutionaries. xo