And what is it saying?
I don't know about you, but so often that inner voice is telling me "You can't do that." Or "You're not good enough.You're crazy. You're stupid. You'll fail just like you always fail." Where does this voice get off? Where did it COME from? Who is it to tell me ANYTHING?
But don't we too often listen to it? This voice - which is an amalgamation of every negative bit of feedback we've ever received from ANYONE (even people we don't particularly like or respect) - somehow has a lot of power. But it shouldn't! We'd never let anyone talk to someone we loved the way we constantly speak to ourselves, whether as we describe ourselves self-deprecatingly in the company of friends (always pretending we're joking), or internally in our heads, where only we know how terrible are our thoughts.
Recently I reminded a friend who was down on herself just how amazing she is. How her obstacles and challenges are not character flaws, but things she has to deal with. We all have things to deal with. They don't define us. They are just things we need to attend to.
But it's easy to let them define us, isn't it? A mutual friend of the friend mentioned above told me I should "bottle that stuff" - the comments I had shared, reframing our friend's opinion of herself. What I really had done was remind her of WHO she was. She was letting others' opinions about her various circumstances inform her opinion about herself. When all she really needs to do is be herself. To the fullest. And she is beautiful. And perfect. We all are.
So this "project" is all about encouraging free reign of YOUR beauty. Your SELF. Seeing it, loving it, expressing it. When you allow yourself to just be YOU to the fullest, what happens? What can you inspire? What can you achieve?
By the way, like most of us, I am much better at making others feel good about themselves than I am at doing it for myself. So in the midst of all this, if I can remember to be myself to the fullest as well, what will happen?
Let's all find out together. I think it's gonna be awesome.