I have been feeling pretty vulnerable recently, so I tried an exercise recommended by SARK, whom I mentioned in my last post as well. SARK recommends writing a love note to ourselves from the wiser part of ourselves, the part she calls the Inner Wise Self. Now, I have to admit that, going into this exercise, I was like “Oh boy. Can you say ho-key?”
And then I tried it. Here is what I came up with.
Dear Sweetest Darling Self,
You are so dear to me. Even in the midst of your fears and uncertainties, you are so dear. I love you forever. Without even trying, you make the world a better, brighter place. Shine on, and let your actions spring from the endless treasure trove of joy within you. I am always here, always by your side, and always loving you.
Much, much love,
Now, it might be hokey, but I really enjoyed writing it and then reading it to myself. (What can I say? I’m sort of a sucker for flattery.) No, but in all seriousness, I think that most of us spend our whole lives looking to others for affirmation and validation. If we are able to find it within ourselves, however, we open up a whole new wellspring of creative potential within us. What’s more, we become more able to offer support to others with true and authentic generosity. When we have enough ourselves, it becomes much more possible to give.
So maybe give it a try if you’re feeling down. It is guaranteed to make you feel uncomfortable and embarrassed at first, but you might be surprised by how you feel when you read the words you’ve written.