I am doing the exercises in the book Finding Water by Julia Cameron. This is her third book in the series under The Artist’s Way.
I stumbled upon the book, and having been resuming my Morning Pages, weekly Artistic Date, as well as weekly walk. My spirits are lifted. I am inspired once more.
In week 3 of 12 – Uncovering A Sense of Support, we are invited to write a letter of encouragement to ourselves. This is mine:
You have lived through hell and back. You can do anything you set your heart and mind to. You have thrived where others have said you’d fail.
You showed them because you had such a strong belief in what you were doing – from becoming a sexologist, the importance of your work, the value of your writings, and your videos.
You have great acumen and at times, you have been ahead of your time. Don’t let a small thing like being being judged or the fear of it stop you now. You’ve been through so much. What is this thing now ahead of you? Nothing.
Just a pebble in your way. Step over it. Look ahead. If you stumble or fall, get up. Try again. Get over yourself. Get out of your own way. You are a winner, a survivor, a leader. You lead by leading you first. You can survive this too.
One day, you’d look back and laugh at even this. Share your stories. Tell them. Shout them from the mountains if you have to. These are your stories.
You’re precious. Your voice, your stories, your heart, your very being. All of you. Keep going.
I love you, Martha, even when you think nobody else does. You’re safe. You’ve always been, and always will be.
Try this exercise. It’d give you some perspective, as it did me. If you liked this letter, feel free to replace my name with yours. It’s OK by me as this would be in service to you. Much love. 🙂
Who is Martha?
Dr. Martha Tara Lee is Founder and Clinical Sexologist of Eros Coaching. She is a certified sexologist with a Doctorate in Human Sexuality. She provides sexuality and relationship coaching for individuals and couples, conducts sexual education workshops and speaks at public events. She is the author of the book Love, Sex and Everything In-Between, and the host of the weekly radio show Eros Evolution on OMTimes Radio. For more, visit www.ErosCoaching.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.