Happy #ForgivingFridays everyone! Yay! This is an opportunity for you to share about forgiveness & post about it ANY DAY this week! See guidelines below. ❤ You can post whatever inspires YOU to forgive and choose love. Maybe it’s a photo, or a situation you’re struggling with, or a poem (like many of this week’s contributors!), or you can share about loving and accepting a younger part of you like I did.
Today’s Forgiving Fridays is Loving My Inner 12 Year Old.
I started a year-long program last weekend, called “Consciousness, Health and Healing.” One of the reasons I’m doing it is to really love my body and heal any memories around food and feeling fat.
Right now, I’m present to a 12-year old girl who felt shy and stupid (not to mention pudgy). I was in 6th Grade, and I looked up to this group of popular kids. They never accepted me. At the same time, I had a mom at home who was mentally ill. I thought if I could just be popular, I wouldn’t be like her.
I think I made a decision at that time to get skinny. In the next year or two, I developed anorexia, and thus a lifetime (at least up until now) of challenges around food.
It is time for me to deeply, and for the last time, forgive myself. Forgiveness to me is when I open my heart, decide to love, and speak compassion to myself.
I forgive myself for judging my body as my enemy to popularity. I forgive myself for judging my mother as bad because she had a diagnosis. I forgive myself for judging myself for making my relationship with food all important. I let all of this go and I shower that 12-year old girl with caring. I am saying to her right now, “Thank you for being you. I love and accept you as you are. You are beautiful.”
What I want to know is: What would it be like to experience freedom from attachments to food? To my body? What if I eat for enjoyment and as a nurturing resource for living fully? What if I know, with all the cells of my beingness, that I am more than my body?
It is time to fly free, to soar in the arms of love. Like a bird without a care in the world except to live. (Right now, I’m taking little excursions.)
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I have a healing project that includes forgiveness. It also includes taking specific actions to care for myself, such as eating first thing in the morning (rather than putting off food). So, before I wrote this blog, I ate breakfast. 🙂
What area of your life do you want to get free? Do you have action steps you can take now? This Forgiving Fridays, I invite you to forgive, to take a step to love yourself, and open to the exquisite beauty of who you are. ❤
I am grateful for all of you who contribute to Forgiving Fridays. I learn so much from you! Here are this week’s contributions:
Etta of Simply Etta D. gave us a creative combination of quotes and photos that highlight powerful qualities to take action and expand into who we truly are!
Ali of Flashlight Batteries wrote a beautiful poem on forgiveness and how to center herself in love by forgiving her failures – such a courageous sharing. ❤
Bella of ThoughtsnLifeBlog shared a gorgeous kindness meditation and unique tips to help us speak with loving to ourselves and others.
Lorelle of A Mindful Traveller wrote a note of gratitude to a fellow blogger who lifted her spirits right before she was traveling! A great example of being grateful for the little things in life.
Kim of Anotetohuguette gave us a beautiful poem for Forgiving Fridays and inspired me to soothe myself with the act of saying “I forgive”. A first time contributor!
Betcha Didn’t Know! contributed a post on the power of self-love to treat ourselves well. It touched my heart – thank you. A first time contributor!
Stella of Giggles & Tales wrote an exquisite poem on the sacred honor of prayer and how it can soothe us when we are in need of help from the divine in life.
Xenia of Whippet Wisdom contributed a tanka (very cool poem) she wrote on being renewed with love every moment. Plus an amazing photo of her dogs to illustrate!
And in case you missed it:
Anne of Beauty By A Dutch Girl chose an exquisite quote on how peace starts inside each one of us with a decision to forgive – so vulnerable and creative. Thank you so much. A first time contributor!
I’ll end today with photos of me eating breakfast FIRST (yay) and of birds that soar in love. I also wrote a poem on my body and radiant health. See below.
Have an amazing week! I love us all so much.
Guidelines of #ForgivingFridays:
- Every day is Friday! Do a post today or anytime this week.
- Be creative – there’s LOTS of space for your expression! Write a poem, take a photo, post a quote, share your story … what opens your heart?
- Include #ForgivingFridays in your tags
- Create a pingback link to this post so I can find you.
- Have fun – you are awesome!!
Here’s the poem on my body and radiant health ❤ :
HERE I LOVE MY BODY
In this, oh in this world
Where Am I?
Am I this
body, with messages I
do not understand, it
betrays me, no one likes
Control. No, when +
when + when will I
stop to take
Abiding Breath, +
Say, “I love this body
oh I love this body of
Now. Here. Wait, is
The Love, is it? Could it be?
Right in this thing,
That I now don in
clothes of the Beloved.