Invitation Post for Music Monday Care & Love (22-28.7.18)

photo credit: theHiyL.com via rakeback4.me. Description for visually impaired readers: a low bench on the beach in front of a little sea and lots of blue sky with birds. An elephant and a sloth sitting with their backs to the reader. On the top right it says: “Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective.” ~ Doe Zantamata

Ladies & Gentlemen,

The Bee proudly presents the new “Music Monday Care & Love” formerly known as “Music Monday Blog Party”.

I am thrilled to go on an adventure with you. The adventure of finding exactly the right way of self-care for each one of us. We are all so different, come from different backgrounds, have different experiences and different points of view. But chances are if you turned up here you are in need of a little community support when it comes to appreciating your life’s path.

At the beginning of this year, I wrote a post called “HOW I AM GOING TO ACHIEVE MORE SELF-ESTEEM” where I laid out my ideas to give my self-esteem a boost which led to the Music Monday Blog Party. Much has happened since and I would love to tell you that I have achieved it all and am a champion in self-esteem, self-care and self-love. Truth is though, there is no straight line and step by step manual that shows you how to change from low self-esteem and self-care to a healthy way of seeing yourself and caring for yourself. It’s a process. It goes forward and backward and in turns and upside-down. As I said at the beginning it is an adventure.

I had some time to do nothing, and bring things into perspective, and I learned one thing: self-care and boosting your self-esteem is a highly personal experience, and you need to pick and choose which tools, exercises and things help you just right. And you need to try them out. Some feel strange and funny and some come easy. However, if you do not give yourself the chance to experience them you can’t pick and choose because you do not know what they do to you.

And often we don’t even know where to start. Also, doing it alone often ends in not doing it at all because our inner critics are strong characters and are so so so persuasive. Here is where “Music Monday Care & Love” comes into play.

photo resource: ushaprabhakar description for visually impaired readers: shadow of two people on swings with their backs to the reader. There is sky and sea behind them. Underneath it says: “Shared Joy is double joy, Shared Sorrow is half a sorrow.

I invite you every week to join me in giving ourselves a little TLC. Take some time out to appreciate how far we have come on our journey, and to celebrate what we have achieved. But also to discover a self-care tool, exercise or just something that makes you feel in love with yourself. Because I believe only if we appreciate fully who we are, are we able to go out and do good things for others.

Music Monday Care & Love will start really basic, and then we’ll build up a repertoire of self-care “gadgets” that we can incorporate into our daily lives. It would be great if we could do this together because shared experiences are so much better. We can keep each other accountable for our self-care so our inner critics don’t get a chance in hell to get in our ways. And we can share some great music along the way. What do you think?

resource/photo credit: BusinessInsider.com Description for visually impaired readers: Oprah Winfrey on a stage with a microphone in front of her and open arms. It says: “The More you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

I believe in what Oprah Winfrey says in this picture and what’s fine and dandy for Oprah surely is something to aspire for for us? That is why we are going to celebrate our lives, discover self-care and share some great music along the way with Music Monday Care & Love.

So what are the suggestions to take part?

~ I invite you to appreciate yourself!
~ Preferably do this at the beginning of the week but if that does not fit, feel free to choose another time.
~ I invite you to do this with music and to explore a self-care activity
~ Feel free to write a blog post about your experiences but it is perfectly fine if you just do it for yourself or if you share in the comments
~ Also, feel free to incorporate self-care into your everyday life.
~ If you write a post please leave your link here in the comments that we all have the chance to cheer you on!
~ Go and visit your fellow self-care explorer’s posts & blogs
~ I’ll share a round-up & invitation post with a self-care activity & suggestion on what sort of music to share on Sunday afternoons.

The new Music Monday Care & Love posts will have two parts:

  1. This weeks invitation part with the self-care “gadget” that we can explore and a music suggestions
  2. Round-up of everything that happened.

This week it is the other way round because it is the initiation and nothing to round-up yet.

Resource: QuotesBerry.com Description for visually impaired readers: The bottom third of pictures shows a sandy beach with waves and sea. Top two thirds cloudless sky. It says:” Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you won and all the fears you have overcome.

Thank you for your feedback

I want to thank Carol Ann from Therapy Bits, Emilia from My InnerMishMash and JoAnna from Anything is Possible! for their brilliant feedback. It has helped me a lot to figure out where to go with the Music Monday Feature.

Music Monday Care & Love Invitation and music Suggestion (22-28.7.18)

This week we’ll get ourselves an elephant and a sloth and…

LOL no… well you can, of course, if it makes you happy… but…

Ok, seriously!

For this week I suggest to just take some time out of your Monday (or every day if you feel like it) and just sit and do nothing. For most self-care exercises or tools, this is the beginning. Just be. Take notice of how you feel, how much your inner critic or mind chatters away, what both say and how easy it is for you to do so. Just sit and be. Do nothing like those two adorable creatures in the picture at the beginning.

I suggest you do this with some music. It can be meditative music if you are into this sort of thing but any music that helps you just to be is good. Feel free to share your music choice and your experience with just being with us either in a blog post or in the comments. All are welcome.

And just for good measure the suggestions to take part again:

~ I invite you to appreciate yourself!
~ Preferably do this at the beginning of the week but if that does not fit, feel free to choose another time.
~ I invite you to do this with music and to explore a self-care activity
~ Feel free to write a blog post about your experiences but it is perfectly fine if you just do it for yourself or if you share in the comments
~ Also, feel free to incorporate self-care into your everyday life.
~ If you write a post please leave your link here in the comments that we all have the chance to cheer you on!
~ Go and visit your fellow self-care explorer’s posts & blogs
~ I’ll share a round-up & invitation post with a self-care activity & suggestion on what sort of music to share on Sunday afternoons.

Now my dear readers, go, explore self-care and create lots of love for yourself and others!

Disclaimer:

I am not a health professional. My posts describe my thoughts, my experiences and my conclusions about life, mental health and self-improvement. My described actions always go alongside therapy and do not substitute professional advice by a health professional be it a doctor, therapist or counsellor.

I invite you to try out self-care tools, however if any of these make you feel uncomfortable please stop and do not go further ahead. Also, if any of the tools suggested bring up issues that need dealing with do not hesitate to reach out for professional help.

To recognise when you need to stop and when to reach out for professional or any other help is one important part to learn when it comes to self-care.

Please look here if you need further guidance:

UK:

Mind

NHS

USA:

MentalHealth.gov

Canada:

Government of Canada

 

12 thoughts on “Invitation Post for Music Monday Care & Love (22-28.7.18)

  1. I love that poster about remembering all we have faced and overcome. It’s been quite a lot now that I think about it. Sometimes I forget to breathe, but singing helps me regulate my breathing. Singing always makes me feel better. This afternoon I felt sluggish and didn’t know why. Sometimes I need to rest and do nothing but I’d already done that today. And even when I rest, my mind can be busy. Singing helps with that, too. So I got my guitar and practiced some songs I’m working on for church. And I got energized! One song I sang was “Morning Has Broken” which is both a traditional hymn and a Cat Stevens song. Here’s the latter version. The piano sounds like drops of sunlight. https://youtu.be/we-n-Zmglt0

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  2. I am so happy to joining in your Music Monday Care & Love, will soon make my own post and am thrilled to do so. And what great descriptions of photos you made, they’re very graphic and exact and the pictures sound awesome. As for doing nothing, it has always been an issue for me, I always need to do something, even if not actively, then at least my brain is always steaming, hummind very loudly and, usually, overthinking. But I think this hot weather we have now can help with just being and not doing anything particular and for no particular purpose. OK, I’m off to write my own post now. 🙂

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    • Hi Emilia, thanks for the feedback. I am training myself to do this for all photos even though I haven’t figured out yey, how to do it from my phone. But I’ll get there. Glad to have you with us. As for the doing nothing: I’m in the same boat even though I always found it easier when listening to music. So let’s try it together. Sometimes it’s just a question of practising until it works.

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  3. Reblogged this on My Inner MishMash and commented:
    Do you feel like you need to be more self-loving and self-caring? Do you like music and find it helpful, healing, or soothing? If so, join Music Monday Care & Love at the Bee’s. Share your favourite music and grow to love yourself, more, and care for yourself better. 🙂

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