Day 2: The Small, Beautiful Details
DAY 2: THE SMALL, BEAUTIFUL DETAILS
There is something within us all that we find amazing but often need an invitation to notice it.
TODAY, PAY ATTENTION TO A SMALL DETAIL OF YOUR BODY AND CELEBRATE WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT IT.
And don’t give me that “But, Rachel, I don’t have anything I like.” Yes, you do!
We are trained to downplay our favorite parts because we think it’s selfish or arrogant of us. Downplaying is the fear of being judged, believing “who am I to be happy with myself when I look like this?” There is nothing arrogant about feeling joy, happiness, or confidence with a certain body part.
So start small if you feel like that’s where you’re at right now, and it’s completely perfect anywhere you start. Maybe you have fabulous hair, glittering eyes, a smile that lights up a room, or strong legs you dance around with? Maybe you are able to give yourself fun, creative manicures. Appreciating the smallest parts of ourselves flows outward, eventually, to the whole. Share how you feel, but I do offer you the space and daring to post a self-portraiture (a.k.a. selfie). It might be scary, but MTLCourse is loving and non-judgmental.
When you share your beautiful detail, describe why you love it. Dig deep here, and don’t be ashamed to promote a beautiful part of you. Don’t overthink it either!
Now, this challenge might make you squirm, but I’ve purposefully put it early in the class because it’s teaching you something about where your comfort zone is. Work with whatever uncomfortable feeling you may experience; lean into it, and use the power of the group to help you share and open up a little more.
If you need some inspiration to get into this activity, read Maya Angelou's incredible poem “Phenomenal Woman,” and channel the energy.