What do you celebrate about yourself?
So this is the final week of Imbolc – the Celtic fire festival sacred to the Goddess Brighid, Brigit, Bride of Healing – and one of the most healing things we can do is to honour ourselves in order to be able to honour others from a place of integrity and truth.
After a week of celebrating women with International Women’s Day, Million Women Rise and Mother’s Day, I would love us to take some time to celebrate ourselves as women.
It’s often so much easier to recognise the strengths, gifts and value of other women, and to ignore our own. Especially if we have been brought up in a culture where we were taught that self-honouring was narcissistic and immodest.
Set aside some quiet time this week, ask yourself the following questions and write down the answers in your journal:
What are my strongest qualities?
What are the gifts I bring to the world?
What have been my greatest achievements?
Who have I shown love and compassion to?
Who have I helped in my life?
When have I shown real strength and courage?
What positive feedback have I received from other people?
Many people recommend keeping a gratitude journal to write down everything they are grateful for in their lives, which is a really powerful exercise.
But I would also recommend having a separate journal in which to celebrate yourself, your achievements, your qualities – and all the validating, beautiful things that friends, colleagues or clients might have said or written to you.
Then whenever you find yourself having a wobble, read your journal to remind yourself how special you are and celebrate yourself!
The more we celebrate ourselves, the more we are able to celebrate others.
With my love and blessings