What an amazing weekend I’ve had! I ran my first Desire Map workshop for five wonderful women – and it was also International Women’s Day on Sunday! We discussed so many feelings and delved deep down into the changes we all want to make in our lives and it was a real coming together of hearts and minds.
I will write a post about the experience soon, but wanted to share some Weekly Words with you straight away that came from our weekend. To finish the workshop I read out a poem that Charlie Chaplin wrote and thought it would make a wonderful reminder for all of us.
As I Began to Love Myself – Self Love Poem by Charlie Chaplin
As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time
was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this
person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.
As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.
As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do
and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in
my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for
my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew
me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude
a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.
As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since
I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.
As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry
about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING
is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILMENT”.
As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my
mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this
connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.
We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems
with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing
new worlds are born.Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!
Wise words there & ones that we can all learn from. While we are happy to love and nurture others, we are often not willing or able to love and nurture ourselves through fear of being called selfish or because we simply do not know how. We are raised to put the needs of others first and often forget that we are responsible for our own happiness too.
So, this week, I challenge you to be kind to yourself. Put your feet up if you feel like it, do something that makes your own heart sing and be unapologetic for putting your needs first for a change.
Now I am off to do just that…