How to Create a Self-Compassion Plan for August 30th

Are you ready for August 30th, National Grief Awareness Day?

Or will it be, one of those dreaded days? A giant pothole you can’t avoid so you’re trapped-until-it’s-over?

Create a self-compassion day

A day where YOU are the one who does whatever you choose (within Covid limits). What will it: Look like? Sound like? Feel like?

What do I mean by: Look like? Sound like? Feel like?

Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, the famed dreadlock guy in the movie, The Secret, created this process years ago. I still play the CD of his melodic voice once a month to truly ‘listen’ for Love’s Guidance to answer the question: “What’s Mine to Do?”

Use these revised steps to discover: “What Does August 30th Look Like? Sound Like? Feel Like?

  1. Find a quiet place where you can be with your journal and pen.
  2. Bring yourself out of your busy mind into your brave heart.
  3. Breathe in through your nose, feeling the temperature of the air. Then out through your nose, feeling the temperature of the air. Repeat 10 times.
  4. Now remember a time in your life when you were loved, or cherished, or adored by someone. Maybe a grandparent, a parent, an aunt, teacher, or older sibling.
  5. Allow this feeling to enfold you. Comfort you. Ooze into every cell of your body.
  6. Write, “What does Grief Awareness Day Look Like?”
  7. Repeat step 2. Breathe another 10 times. Allow images to come, whatever they are. And let them be.
  8. Then write those images, words, or thoughts with your non-dominant hand.
  9. Shake out both hands. Return to that feeling of being adored and loved.
  10. Now write, “What does Greif Awareness Day Sound Like?”
  11. Repeat step 2. Breathe another 10 times in and out through your nose. Allow sounds to come to mind. What someone might say via phone, email, or text? What you might say?
  12. Then write those words and sentences with your non-dominant hand.
  13. Shake out both hands. Return to that feeling of being adored and loved.
  14. Now write, “What does Grief Awareness Day Feel Like?”
  15. Repeat step 2. Breathe another 10 times in and out through your nose. Allow images and feelings to come into your awareness.
  16. Then write those down with your non-dominant hand.

Remember – “Grief is an Inside job.”

We are ALL in Personal, Cultural, and Global Grief. It’s different for each one of us.

Please help me bring Grief Awareness to the greater community. Take a photo of your journal and email or text it to me. Let me know if you give permission to share your plan or if it’s for-my-eye-only.

I will post your self-care plan on the Beyond Your Loss Facebook Paged. And, with your permission may even share it on the AMNW program, August 26, 2020.

Love all around, above, below, to the left and to the right, before you and behind you,

Georgena

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