I think it's very important to commend you on that you started searching for what was missing instead of dwelling inside of that hole. It's very easy to do. And you lose hope and all happiness in that hole.
Also, WOW! I think it's great that you use creative prayer in those ways!
Other ideas? Well, I used to hold a monthly get together for women at my house and I had different themes. Exploring your innerself was always the idea however.
Our first meeting for example, we finger painted
) It's always a pot luck deal at my home, and I typically allow alcohol for those who enjoy a glass or two of wine. However, hard liquor and major drinking are never appropriate. But that's a personal choice.
Every month a new idea would be formed, sometimes painting, sometimes poetry, sometimes acting out a play, sometimes playing hide and seek in the yard. Some way to return to that goodness and innocence of childhood inside of us and reminding us to treasure ourselves as if we were our own children.
Also it's very important to have a personal ritual so to speak. A bubble bath every night for 30 minutes to an hour. Take yourself out ocassionally to a movie, or dinner, maybe even lunch if you can.
Treating yourself but not going beyond your means to do so.
I think it's important to put a little money aside each month for a really nice spa visit or massage. Again, treating yourself, caring for yourself.
One lesson that is very important is to treat others the way you wish to be treated. But the following lesson is just as important.
Treat yourself the way you wish others to treat you. People tend to go by how you treat yourself generally. If you hate yourself, they won't particularly like you either. If you love yourself, it most certainly shows and people will tend to love you too. And, I know it's been said over and over again, but if you love yourself, you give yourself license to also love others
Anyone else have ideas or thoughts? These are just a few I like to mention on a regular basis.