Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen. How has your week been? Have you smelled the roses? What have you smelled? And how do you feel right now?
I hope all is well in your corner of the world. Here autumn seems to have arrived even though we still have a couple of late summer days on the calendar. I have travelled lonely this week on our self-care exploration because Emilia’s laptop has problems and JoAnna has life to live. I am wishing them well and hope all things will sort themselves out perfectly. And I am looking forward to journeying with them again soon.
So, a “smelly” week is over at Music Monday Care and Love and I have indulged myself with a smell of cinnamon. It is one of my most favourite smells. Could be that I am addicted to it because I cannot imagine drinking my cup of tea or my coffee without a pinch of cinnamon. So last week I had an extra pinch and celebrated the healing I have experienced this year.
I had challenged you to find an acapella song that relaxes you and I have re-visited a group I haven’t listened to in a long while: It’s Pentatonix who’s Christmas Songs I do love a lot. However, I am not a fan to start promoting Christmas too early (I leave that to the supermarkets 😉 ). So I chose the song “Halleluja” which touches me a lot every time I hear it.
And what lays in front of us for next week’s self-care exploration?
It is getting colder and many of us come back to reading more in the coming weeks and months. Therefore I am introducing you to a couple of books that helped me a lot on my self-care journey. They are mostly self-improvement books but include many self-care parts.
For me, self-improvement is part of the self-care journey anyway and reading too. I also like to experiment with more unusual paths of self-care which make me question my view of reality. And I hope my suggestions can encourage you to open your mind too:
The Artist’s Way
If you are reading my blogs for a long time you have stumbled over Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” before. Julia Cameron is a US teacher, author, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, composer, and journalist who has developed a 12-week recovery program for our creativity. She mainly works on digging up negative beliefs about ourselves and changing them while allowing yourself to play your way towards a creative life. And “creative” doesn’t only mean art or writing here. It goes from caring for your family in different ways to baking. I have read the book and worked myself through the program three times and each time I learned something new. It is definitely one to explore.
Walking in this world
Walking this world is the follow-up book to “The Artist’s Way”. I have started it a couple of years ago but did not manage to finish it. But it is on my reading list for this year and I still have a little time to read it.
Walking this world concentrates on a tool for creative recovery that Julia Cameron suggests in “The Artist’s Way” which is to walk every day for at least 30 minutes. In her experience that frees up your creative flow and allows you to discover new creative paths. Literally ;-). But it also revisits issues touched in the previous book. I am looking forward to reading it and do the course.
Women Who Run With The Wolves
“Women Who Run With The Wolves” is a book full of stories and fairy tales interpreted from a psychological and feminist point of view. It leads you through stories and fairy tales from all over the world towards your core and the restrictions learned from society. But it also suggests different paths to gain more personal freedom.
If you learn more easily through symbols and symbolic action this book is definitely helpful for you.
Feel Fear And Do It Anyway
There are not many books that have motivated me as much as “Feel Fear And Do It Anyway” by Susan Jeffers to change my life. The main message is that you can’t get rid of fear as long as you live and grow. However, you can push through it with certain exercises and basically with doing stuff. Its humorous language but compassionate understanding of the issues that we carry when it comes to fear just push you forward to go further than you ever dreamed of.
You are a Badass: Now stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life
I basically bought that book because I used to watch “Sin City Motors” and laughed at the continuous use of the word “badass”. Little did I know that it is a great book to encourage you to go for your dream. I also got the suggestion to read “Feel Fear And Do It Anyway” from this mouthful of a book by Jen Sincero. I never thought that a self-improvement book can be that hilarious. But with this one, I laughed all the way through and even started to believe that I could be great. It is set up in 5 “How to…” parts that explain some of the processes that lead you into low self-esteem and what you can do to get over it. Very entertaining!
50 Ways To A Better You For Dummies
I just realised that I haven’t read “50 Ways To A Better You For Dummies” by Doyle Gentry yet. So I can only guess from the chapters what it is about. It basically gives you a short rundown of self-improvement and self-care tools and exercises that change your life if you stick with them. The “For Dummies” books I have read so far were rather funny so I expect this one to be no different.
I have previously mentioned Luise Hay’s mirror work but just recently got the book. This is certainly one that challenges my perception of reality and healing. Her idea is basically that loving yourself unconditionally and telling yourself positive affirmations in the mirror will heal you and guide you the right way. I suspect that her idea of “being healed” doesn’t necessarily mean that you experience miracle health suddenly but that you are happy with your life as it is. However, there are mentions of miracle healings too and I have to admit that I have a lot of trouble believing it. But maybe that is just the problem with my healing 😉
This week’s self-care challenge!
So what could be this week’s self-care challenge? I challenge you to start a self-improvement book This week. It doesn’t need to be any of those I have mentioned. Just choose any that comes to mind or any that you wanted to read for ages. Then set some time aside every day and go for it. You will probably be surprised how it will change your life.
This week’s Music for self-care
And what could we set us to explore when it comes to music? Well, choose a song that changed something in your life. May it be a motivation to do something, may it be you fell in love while it played or it was the song that got you through school. You choose.
So there are only the suggestions left on how to take part.
SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO TAKE PART IN MUSIC MONDAY CARE & LOVE
- ~ I invite you to appreciate yourself!
- ~ Don’t worry if you are not part since the beginning. You can join anytime! We are looking forward to meeting you!
- ~ Preferably appreciate yourself at the beginning of the week but if that does not fit, feel free to choose another time.
- ~ I invite you to do this with music and to explore a self-care activity
- ~ Feel free to write a blog post about your experiences but it is perfectly fine if you just do it for yourself or if you share in the comments
- ~ Also, feel free to incorporate self-care into your everyday life.
- ~ If you write a post please leave your link here in the comments that we all have the chance to cheer you on!
- ~ Go and visit your fellow self-care explorer’s posts & blogs
- ~ I’ll share a round-up & invitation post with a self-care activity & suggestion on what sort of music to share on Sunday afternoons.
- If you want to share your journey in a more private setting: Feel free to join the Google Group: Music Monday Care & Love
NOW MY DEAR READERS,
READ, EXPLORE SELF-CARE
AND CREATE LOTS OF LOVE
Julia Cameron on Wikipedia
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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