My friend Emily wrote a beautiful post on self-care that challenges the soft sound of it–partly inspired by Bone Deep! But mainly inspired because she is awesome.
Most unhappy people need to learn just one lesson: how to see themselves through the lens of genuine compassion and treat themselves accordingly. — Martha Beck
I have spent the last year feeling ugly. Not skin-ugly but soul-ugly. Dorothy Parker wrote, “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.” And I some way I felt this characterized me.
Sometime in the spring of last year I stopped writing because I feared the things that would come out would be ugly, angry and dark. Those were the things that were coming out in my relationships. I felt overwhelmed by fear and anxiety and I felt completely abandoned. That feeling of abandonment turned to anger, and anger turned to resentment. It was a deeply painful time and writing about it felt like spoon-feeding people my pain.
I’m a pupil of the likes of Julia Cameron and Laura Doyle, so I thought the answer was better self-care. I…
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