The author of The Mindful Woman, Sue Patton Thoele, gives us gentle practices for restoring calm, finding balance and opening our hearts. She brings the child out in us with the practice of appreciating what we do and say, or refrain from doing or saying with the reward of a GOLD STAR. Lets say your dealing with some depression or grief, you may GOLD STAR yourself for getting out of bed that day, or the boss or the kids or the husband is driving you crazy, you deserve at least one GOLD STAR for not raising your voice. GO FOR THE GOLD!
Buy yourself GOLD STAR stickers—the bigger, the better.
Have fun appreciating yourself and do so with over-the-top generosity.
Each day, give yourself one or more GOLD STARS for:
…something you said
…something you did
…something you wisely left unsaid or undone.
Give at least one other person a verbal (or actual) GOLD STAR.
…You teach others to appreciate you by first appreciating yourself. This is a mindfulness affirmation for self-care.