This February I began my grad school research sequence that will ultimately end in my thesis. After much debate my group decided on the topic of optimism, self compassion and healing intention as a tool for personal transformation and healing. It is a big topic but I am ready to dive into the information. We are at the beginning stages of writing our literature review with the existing research on the matter.
Between my thesis and Integrative Nutrition classes, I am up to elbows in interesting, empowering reading. I find myself getting really excited by notion of loving yourself enough to take really, really good care of yourself. I know how challenging this can be, especially as a busy woman constantly receiving messages by mainstream society that do not support this.
The more I surround myself with people and information that support this way of being, the easier it becomes to put it into play. Each Friday I would like to share an organization or piece of writing supporting self care, compassion and wellness for women. Nothing can beat actual experience in putting these practices into play, but knowledge (and link love!) is power!
The 100 Women Project is the first such group I would like to share with you! This project was started by a mother and daughter team of Integrative Nutrition graduates. They work with women to give them the tools to access their own health and happiness. The hope that the women they work with will take what they learn and share it with their friends and family creating a ripple effect. How great and empowering is that?!?! By working on your own health you can positive effect the lives of those that you love.
You can also find The 100 Women Project on Facebook. They are hoping to have someone in each state participate in their work. It is like have a little female health and happiness seed planted in each state :) Once they reach this goal, they will be hosting a little spa giveaway.
(Fyi: I received no incentive from The 100 Women Project to write this post. I just think they are that cool!)
I hope this makes sense. Sometimes I get so excited by all this awesome health empowerment that I don’t properly articulate myself. What do you think? Can we “heal” ourselves with positive intentions and self compassion? Does taking care of yourself influence the health of those around you?