Self-Care Challenge (Day 363): Unearthing My Core Desired Feelings

The Desire Map book cover

Obviously, I’m on a Danielle LaPorte kick.

After listening to the audio version of her book The Firestarter Sessions (Amazon Associate Link) last week, I realized that I was still craving more. I hadn’t quite pinpointed my core desired feelings, and it was clear that I needed to dig deeper.

The Desire Map (Amazon Associate Link), another of her inspiring books, sounded intriguing to me, and after deciding that I couldn’t live without it, I persuaded my husband to make a quick detour to Barnes and Noble. (Nope, this time I could not wait for Amazon Prime. I know, I know.)

This book is the perfect blend of creativity, spirituality, and common sense. In fact, this unique goal-setting approach–which focuses on feelings rather than metrics–is quite disruptive. Move aside, SMART goals.

But identifying our core desired feelings is just the first step. After blowing the dust off of those innate desires that have been living within us since birth, we have to do some work. We have to seek out environments that generate those feelings. We have to find and explore opportunities and experiences that cultivate those feelings. And we have to surround ourselves with people who nurture those feelings within us.

It’s a softer form of goal-setting. And while I know that it’s not for everyone, it speaks quite loudly to me.

My self-care activity for the day was to distill my core desire feelings down to three words–words that will serve as my guidepost for the coming year. If it doesn’t make me feel beautiful, open and warm, then it simply isn’t going to work for me.

Beauty

Openness

Warmth

What are your core desired feelings?

 

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