is for selfies
I had no idea when I signed up to play in Amy Palko’s Summer of Self and Soul, a daily practice of taking selfies, that it would turn out to be such a profound and sacred practice of self-care.
For someone who can see the soul self of others in all their brilliant colors and divine beauty, I literally could hardly bear to have my own photo taken, let alone look at it. And yet this practice, in a mere six weeks, has shifted all that. First I was awash in curiosity, then immense self-compassion, and now such lovingkindness toward myself. I can look at and see all the physical flaws, all my body issues, all the ways age has shown up and surprised me with her touch, and I can see the sacred, I see the divine, I see the banal, I see facets of my gem self. And whatever shows up in my camera lens, in the journaling I do about that image, in the altering I do to find another facet, in the altaring I do to honor all my selves – I send myself love. And is there better self-care than that?