Attention Kindness Challenge participants!
In this post, you’ll find:
- this week’s theme prompt & exercise
- a screensaver for this week’s theme
- the reflection post prompt questions
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Don’t forget to bookmark this post so you can link your reflection post here once you write it at the end of the week.
Week 1 Theme | Self-Love
This week’s kindness prompt is about self-love. Is there anything more kind than love? We often think of kindness in relation to others but we can’t forget that kindness must first start with ourselves. I want to remind you there’s nothing you need to do to earn or deserve love from yourself or others.
Loving ourselves and being able to accept love is our birthright.
This week’s challenge is going to be based on the work of Brene Brown. I absolutely love what she’s doing and the open conversation she’s having. In order to incorporate the benefits of her research and life work into our own lives, we’re going to work on cultivating our self-love. One of the most powerful parts of Brene’s message, in my opinion, is how she highlights that we don’t need to do anything to be worthy of love and belonging but we do need to believe we are worthy of it.
That makes me think of kings and queens. They don’t do anything to be deemed royal, they simply are because of the family they’re born (or married) into. That’s the simplest way I can think of to explain self-love. We don’t have to work for it, do anything to deserve it, prove ourselves, or as Brene Brown would say, we don’t have to hustle for it. I encourage you to cultivate your self-love daily. Make healing, improving, or maintaining the relationship you have with yourself a priority. The relationship we have with ourselves sets the tone for all of the relationships we are in and enter into so let’s build a solid foundation.
The exercise for this week is to take note of all of the ways we think we have to earn or prove our love to ourselves. If you have a hard time, you might try to notice the times you find yourself feeling like you’re not good enough. After you’ve taken a couple of days to observe and take notes, I encourage you to come up with your own personal mantra or affirmation. Whenever you find yourself falling into the habit of thinking you aren’t good enough or deserving of self-love, repeat your mantra to yourself. Some of you might want to write it down and put it on your mirror or screen saver.
Tips on creating your empowering self-love mantra:
Another option is to create a self-portrait. It can be a photo, a drawing, a mosaic, or whatever form of artistic expression you’d like. Make sure the self-portrait is of your royal self and reflects your birthright to love and be loved. Keep this someplace you can look at it as often as needed to remind you of your birthright.
If you can think of a different exercise to incorporate, feel free to do so. ❤
Don’t forget to reblog or share this post using #revofkindness so we can get as many people to participate as possible! ❤
Reflection Prompt | You pick the day to post!
At the end of this week, post your reflection. Write about what your experience was like. What did you struggle with? What surprised you? What did you learn? What will you stop doing? What will you work on? What will you start doing? If you created a self-portrait, feel free to share it if you feel comfortable. Be as transparent as you feel comfortable with your reflection, you’d be surprised by how many of your readers will be able to relate to how you feel and who you might encourage.
Use the #revofkindness tag on social media and Rev of Kindness tag on WordPress to help spread the word about this challenge.
Be sure to leave the link to your reflection post in the comments once you publish it or link back (WORDPRESS BLOGGERS ONLY, non-WordPress link backs don’t appear in the comments). Those participating on Facebook, you can post your reflection on the thread I have on my page each week for the challenge.