I am lucky to live in a community that offers a variety of spiritual experiences. Last Sunday, after I went to my formal religious observance, I attended a weekly spirituality group conducted by residents in a long-term alcohol and drug rehabilitation center near where I live. The theme for this day was Surrender.
Singing, Dancing, and a Car Wash
Residents sang original songs and covered popular ones. Some spontaneous dancing included someone who imitated Bruno Mars and outdid the real Bruno Mars. In short, it was lots of fun. But the fun was amid some tears.
When we returned to sharing, I was surprise to hear a resident offer that he had learned surrender meant he had to do more than go to a car wash if he wanted to be clean and sober.
He shared that he had been to several rehabs that helped him look good on the outside, but this one—the one where this meeting was held—was the first that showed him how to detail himself on the inside.
Next Up: Girly Thoughts
The men laughed knowingly at his insight, but the women … well, with us it hit a different cord. Our reaction was more of a shudder, because as women we are so conditioned to pay attention to the outside.
Think about it. You receive ongoing messages about being thin, staying young, smiling constantly, and you internalize this into what I’ve named girly thoughts: your own toxic soup of blame, self-doubt, and self-sabotage that distract you from realizing that “perfection” isn’t about looking perfect on the outside, but about taking care of yourself on the inside.
You may have been one of the women who (like many in this rehab) tried to silence this toxic self-talk through booze or drugs, eventually finding that drugging this voice doesn’t work. Coming to that realization helps you understand that if you really want to be seen as beautiful, you need to treat yourself … well, beautifully, and not beat yourself up.
How to do this?
Car Washing Your Insides
Do you really want to take better care of your car than you do of yourself?
Of course not. You know you deserve better.
So try this:
Yes, you can car wash your insides by no longer indulging your girly thoughts. Now wouldn’t that improve your ride through life!
Remember, you’ll find more ideas for getting rid of your negative self-talk in my two latest books, The Girly Thoughts 10-Day Detox Plan: The Resilient Woman’s Guide to Saying NO to Negative Self-Talk and YES to Personal Power and The Resilient Woman: Mastering The 7 Steps to Personal Power.