The other day I was feeling a bit blue.
In moments like this I don’t normally question why I feel the way I am feeling, instead I choose to take the emotion of sadness as a clue that I may need to spend a little time with myself, doing something that makes me feel special. I have found more often than not, the extra TLC I give to myself is just what the doctor ordered to get me feeling like my joy-filled self.
Some of the simple things that I do to help pick me up are:
- I pick or buy pretty flowers and put them in a vase.
- I put music on that I love and dance.
- I take a brisk walk outside in the fresh air.
- I sit outside and have a cup of tea.
- I call a friend.
The other day I did something unique that I don’t normally do. I wrote a love letter to myself. Have you ever taken the time to write a love letter to yourself? If you haven’t tried it, I truly recommend giving it a whirl.
I personally LOVE writing love letters to myself. I find that once I am done and have the opportunity to read it, a piece of me feels a bit more connected and whole than before I took the time to devote to this special practice.
How do I write a love letter to myself?
I start by creating a moment. I take a bath and once I am relaxed, I put some music on that I enjoy. I’ll light a candle, and sit with my journal. I close my eyes for a few minutes taking conscious breaths in through the nose and slowly exhaling out though the mouth, asking what it is that I am wanting/needing to hear to support a feeling of joy and inspiration. Then I write.
It may seem simple to you and you may even think that this process will not work for you. I would love to challenge you on that. I know it will work for you if you take the time to honor the process and create space to actually write a letter.
Why would this process create joy in one’s heart?
The answer for this is really quite simple. There is a lot of energy and attention we give to others, waiting for their approval and validation and so very often we don’t receive what we are patiently waiting for.
If we choose to give ourself a high five and focus on loving ourselves, confidence quickly builds and joy is just around the corner. @intuitionheals (Click to Tweet!)
What does a love letter look like? Imagine you have an opportunity to speak directly to YOU. What would you want to hear?
This is what my love letter looked like:
I wanted to take a minute to remind you how much I love you and that I am here unconditionally to support you and listen to you. Man, life can be brutal sometimes and this is your friendly reminder to not be brutal on yourself. Take a deep breath and know how amazing you are. Each time you choose to focus on the positive a little bit of the world changes- and you know how often you choose to do that. You are amazing. You are such a powerful human. Your kind heart can easily get knocked around in the world you live in, but somehow you keep resetting to love a little bit more — a little bit harder —each and every day.
I am here for you and I will never turn my back on you. You will never be alone. You will always have me by your side cheering you on. I truly believe in you. I believe in the dreams that you hold close to your heart and have the courage to pursue in the world. Some days all will go well and some days all will feel like shit.
Brush it off, Buttercup.
You have many more moments left to live and shine on this Earth. Rise up. When it feels like things are trying to beat you down —they very well may be trying to. That’s okay. Come back to me to help you reset and feel empowered, realigned, and acknowledged.
You are powerful. You are capable. You are worthy of being heard. In every moment of everyday I am here for you.
I have your back and love you very much.
After I wrote this particular letter (through tears and feeling upset), I sat it on the table and reread it with a cup of tea a few hours later. Something magical happened.
Those moments that brought the feeling of the blues earlier in the day were no longer there. Instead a smile was left behind and stronger conviction to stay focused on that which makes me feel creative and inspired.
You deserve to be happy. You really, truly do. So promise me you’ll write a letter to yourself.
From my Heart to Yours,
Robin Lee is a medical intuitive, author, mentor, gratitude advocate, and speaker who has helped thousands of people around the world understand the language of their bodies. Robin believes that our bodies innately know how to balance and heal themselves if given proper care and support. Visit her website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter, where she shares tips, tools, and techniques to honor our bodies and heal our lives!
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