Hello Self-Care-Ninjas, how are you doing? Have you been lucky enough to see the Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse?
We haven't. Unfortunately, North Norfolk was one of the areas that were cloudy so we only saw the yellow-orange shine of the close by gas terminal on one side and the next town on the other side from our house. So when I enjoyed a cup of tea this morning to give myself a little appreciation of how far I have come in the last year I kept the images I saw on TV this morning in mind.
Self-Appreciation Cuppa and Self-Judgement
My self-appreciation cuppa is one of my tools of self-care (Find out more about it in my "FREE Mini-Guide to Self-Care. Three Easy Daily Habits for Better Wellbeing" which you get when you sing up for the “The Bee Creates Newsletter” here). It means to “parent” myself and to encourage myself to concentrate on what I have achieved rather than what I haven’t. The idea behind it is that this little habit “teaches” my mind to think positively and make me believe in myself. I’ve developed the idea last year in summer when I started a self-care event on my other blog “The Bee Writes…” and while I can’t say I am an expert in positive thinking yet it certainly has made me realise how much I judge my actions in a negative way on a continuous basis.
Mindfulness and self-judgement
Mindfulness teaches us to just be and to learn to let this judgement of our actions go. But while I have no problem to sit still for a while and listen to my breathing or to meditative music this continuous inner chatter telling me I should rather be doing this or that instead of sitting there doing nothing is hard to let go.
But I guess to tell the negative inner chatter to shut up and actually getting to this point is a process and needs practising. And I am not so sure I am practising enough. Well, here we go again: Another judgement of my behaviour…
I have started to wonder how other self-care explorers experience their practice of mindfulness or other “tricks” on how to let go of the inner negative voice. So this week I invite you to a chat about how to let go of our self-judgment with a delicious Italian Hot Chocolate. ( Find this delicious recipe for it over at Carol Anne’s blog “Therapy Bits”).
Let's Chat about how to let go of self-judgement
The questions we could ponder are:
I am going to share my answers in the comments tomorrow and hope to meet you there too over a good cuppa and some lovely music. The music I am sharing today is a song I woke up with. No, I do not have an alarm clock that works with music. I do, however, sometimes wake up and have a song on my mind and this morning it was Hozier’s “Nina Cried Power”. I often listen to it in the bathroom when I get ready for the night and I just love its lyrics. Feel free to share the songs that you have on your mind right now.
Video Credit: Hozier via YouTube
Please listen to his EP here, follow Hozier here and find the Hozier Store here
SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO TAKE PART IN THE MINDFUL MUSIC MONDAY MUG CHAT
~ I invite you to appreciate yourself with a cup of your favourite beverage or the recipe I introduce in this post
~Additionally I offer you questions, exercises and ideas to explore self-care, self-love and self-improvement.
~ I invite you to share your ideas and experiences in the comments or write a blog post about it and leave the link in the comments.
~ Also feel free to visit the blogs of our fellow self-care explorer ninjas.
Now dear self-care explorer ninja’s
Come, chat about self-care
Share some great music
And have lots of fun!
I am not a health professional. My posts describe my thoughts, my experiences and my conclusions about life, mental health and self-improvement. My described actions always go alongside therapy and do not substitute professional advice by a health professional be it a doctor, therapist or counsellor.
I invite you to try out self-care tools, however, if any of these make you feel uncomfortable please stop and do not go further ahead. Also, if any of the tools suggested bring up issues that need dealing with do not hesitate to reach out for professional help. To recognise when you need to stop and when to reach out for professional or any other help is one important part to learn when it comes to self-care.
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