All You Need is Love, Sweet Love-Kindness Challenge Week 1

KindnessWeek1 SelfloveMy Week 1 Kindness Challenge of Self-love had a theme song. Lionel Richie and his Commodores have randomly and quietly been singing lines of Sweet Love to me over and over and over. I inwardly smile each time this mellow song finds its way into my head. It was comforting, supportive guidance. Let me acquaint you with a few lines from this week’s theme song:

 

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh Sweet love (Sweet love, well)

I know you’re searchin’

I know you’re searchin’ for a little love

The Commodores were correct, I was searching. Searching for my definition of self-love by starting with questions.   What is self-love?   What actions are self-loving?   When am I feeling self-love but don’t embrace it?   What is the difference between self-loving and self-centered?   When I am self-loving what does my life look like and feel like?   Does my life improve if I live from and with self-love?  Or does my life not improve but instead naturally align to my spiritual truth?

These questions revealed my truth of self-love. During the week, I experienced self-love as a healing balm, guiding wisdom, and a bunch of good feelings! Each morning, I gently reminded myself to feel self-love. I took a moment to imagine an inner emotional landscape being bathed in self-love.  Of course, it felt enjoyable, but it was so much more than that.

It created a world where unhealed emotions, like depression, fear, and hurt came to soothe themselves. The wounds and traumas that birthed these feelings felt safe, loved, and cared for enough to heal. They were called to the self-loving energy and instinctively opened to heal naturally.

This healing experience had the human sensation of the welcoming effects of the first warm summer-like day. When you feel pulled by the sunlight and warm air to drink it all in by taking a walk or sitting outside. It’s a feeling of refreshment, peace, and relaxation. This is how my unhealed feelings felt in the presence of self-love.

I need to go further with this…my repressed parts, or at least some of them, awakened. I felt unnamed hurts that were always carried with me, loosen up and bathe themselves in the presence of self-love.

My energy of self-love wasn’t only healing the suffering it was guiding me toward activities that were self-loving instead of activities that were distracting or mere habits. When I allowed my attention to follow this feeling of self-love it was like it was waving flags to focus my attention toward the self-loving choice. Each choice was an island and self-love confidently, happily, and purposefully waved her flag, next to the most self-loving choice.

I followed self-loves accurate lead. I needed relaxation and soothing by watching Blue Bloods. This family police drama allows me to spend time with a tight-knit family that supports, connects, and cares for each other. Their struggle and insistence on doing what is good heals and acknowledges a part of me.

Thru this relaxing moment with Blue Bloods, I sensed a very young child part that was ready for healing. This young conscientious part must accomplish grown up tasks that she isn’t developmentally equipped to comprehend. Being a pleaser, she insecurely attempts them while searching the adult faces for validation. The adults don’t fill her needs. This innocent moment in time sets the stage for a lifelong unconscious feeling. An unhealthy sensation of anchoring her little feet and stretching herself to live life years ahead of her emotional development. This adult pleasing part always feels emotionally unbalanced and insecure.

This week the young, stretched thin, insecure part of me was raised to consciousness and acknowledged. The energy of self-love pumped a healing balm thru me thanks to the requests of this week’s Kindness Challenge. While this part isn’t freed from the unbalanced and insecure feelings, yet, it is enjoying being seen and out of subconscious hiding. I can only assume that self-love’s energy will fully heal it.

The Commodores, singing this soothing and healing song of Sweet Love to me this week, offered self-love’s silent healing powers a sound and vibration. I guess the Commodores share the wisdom of the human soul and the Beatles….it turns out, it’s true…All You Need is Love!

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    positivelyappealing

    It’s amazing what can be discovered if we can take the time to focus on it. I also was able to acknowledge and reflect on what I hadn’t realized before by doing this challenge.

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    Julia

    Agreed! I’m surprised that pumping that self-love feeling thru me made such an impact. I took notes a lot of the week and had too much to write about it. I do wonder how I didn’t realize the impact of it sooner. I have a theory that it being part of a community writing project is a magical part of it. Thanks for commenting. I appreciate it!

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    Nashra Usmani

    It does seem easier to make hoixes and decisions when you learn to trust yourself! I feel if songs and the like help you lot in getting those positive vibes, check out a book called ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio, it’s a really light read and is an amazing mood lifter.

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      Nashra Usmani

      I meant choices and not hoixes, sorry! Brain fog.

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    Niki

    Wow! What a powerful reflection, Julia! What a week! I have goosebumps after reading this. Thank you for sharing the self-discoveries and awareness you stepped into this week. May the healing continue! May you have all that you need to support you as you continue on your journey of self-love. What an incredible week! I’m so glad you signed up to participate. Sending you lots of love! <3 <3 <3

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      Julia

      Thanks for your comment and support. Let’s face it, this first week on the Kindness Challenge is a life changer for me. While I believe my individual experience is significant, the catalyst is your challenge. I believe that doing this as part of a group set the stage. Some magical energy of a group….Have a great day!

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    Rosie Amber

    The beginning of a great journey.

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      Julia

      Well, said. Agreed!

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      Julia

      Thanks for your comments. They made my day.

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    Fil

    Beautiful reflections

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      Julia

      Thanks so much.

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    cookiesandmoo

    Beautifully said. I agree that this group challenge is proving to be the catalyst for exploration into our feelings of self love. Good wishes for the rest of your journey.

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      Julia

      Thank you. Good luck to you as well.

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    Deborah Weber

    What a beautiful and thoughtful post! And thanks for planting the Commodores earworm – makes me smile as well.

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      Julia

      You are welcome! Thanks for your kind words. Commodores are a hoot. Loved the costumes in the video.

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