Posts tagged ‘self-love’

April 24, 2018

Fill your cracks with shining gold

Do you value the cracked, chipped version of yourself as much as the polished, perfect whole?

I was reminded of this important but often forgotten mindset after reading the travel memoir The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan. Kim writes:

In Japanese culture there is an art of fixing broken pottery with gold or silver lacquer. The lacquer highlights the pottery’s flaw as a celebrated part of its history. Because the piece has been salvaged and repaired, pulled back from the edge of destruction, it is considered even more beautiful for having been broken…. [N]ow there [is] gold where the cracks used to be.

We can each fill our own cracks with gold, celebrate (not hide) our flaws and reclaim these (im)perfections as beautiful parts of who we are. ♥️

Further inspiration from Kim in The Yellow Envelope:

I could see now that it was possible to live a long life poorly, or a short life well, and that at any moment, one might shift their position and, after years of hibernation, decide to crawl out of the den and live.

 

July 27, 2015

Your body is not your art, it’s your paintbrush

Wonderful words from Glennon Doyle Melton, excerpted from her larger article “Your Body is Not Your Masterpiece,” published in The Huffington Post on May 8, 2014. I encourage you to read the full article; it’s worth it.

Your body is not your masterpiece — your life is.

It is suggested to us a million times a day that our BODIES are PROJECTS. They aren’t. Our lives are. Our spirituality is. Our relationships are. Our work is.

Stop spending all day obsessing, cursing, perfecting your body like it’s all you’ve got to offer the world. Your body is not your art, it’s your paintbrush. Whether your paintbrush is a tall paintbrush or a thin paintbrush or a stocky paintbrush or a scratched up paintbrush is completely irrelevant. What is relevant is that YOU HAVE A PAINTBRUSH which can be used to transfer your insides onto the canvas of your life — where others can see it and be inspired and comforted by it. . . .

Stop what you are doing and say THANK YOU to your body. Right now. Say THANK YOU to your eyes for taking in the beauty of sunsets and storms and children blowing out birthday candles and say THANK YOU to your hands for writing love letters and opening doors and stirring soup and waving to strangers and say THANK YOU to your legs for walking you from danger to safety and climbing so many mountains for you.

Then pick up your instrument and start painting this day beautiful and bold and wild and free and YOU.

September 8, 2014

This full moon, return to yourself

On the eve of the 2014 harvest moon — also a supermoon — I share the lyrics from the song “Return to Innocence” by Enigma.

In this life, follow your heart, and don’t be afraid to take a risk or two. Be well.

Don’t be afraid to be weak.
Don’t be too proud to be strong.
Just look into your heart, my friend;
That will be the return to yourself:
The return to innocence.

If you want, then start to laugh.
If you must, then start to cry.
Be yourself; don’t hide.
Just believe in destiny.
Don’t care what people say.
Just follow your own way.
Don’t give up and lose the chance
To return to innocence.

October 22, 2013

Love your quirks; they’re beautiful

Just be yourself. Let people see the

real,

imperfect,

flawed,

quirky,

weird,

beautiful and magical

person that you are.

              (Mandy Hale)