…what is holding you back or making you feel bad and take steps to change it, baby steps if you have to. Are you not honoring your body? Are you neglecting it by not giving it fresh air or movement/exercise? Take a walk or do 10 minutes of gentle stretching. Are you punishing your body with overeating or excessive use of low vibration substances such as tobacco or alcohol? Look for ways to skip or cut back on these things. Be really proud of yourself and give yourself a big pat on the back for every step you take toward your highest good.
Everyday for one week, substitute one meal for a salad and see how you feel at the end of the week. Not a salad smothered in dairy and cheese, but freshly chopped greens such as romaine tossed with a homemade dressing and maybe a small amount of raw veggies such as grated carrots or sliced radishes. My favorite healthy (and satisfying) dressing right now is Dijon vinaigrette:
1tsp Dijon mustard
1.5 tbsp red wine or apple cider vinegar
1.5 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp of agave nectar or brown rice syrup (optional, to add some sweetness)
Fresh vegetables carry tremendous amounts of Prana, or life force energy. If we find ourselves only eating dead (processed foods) or heavy foods such as dairy, there will be a noticeable lack of lightness, of the spark of life, in our life.
In just 5 minutes a day, you can really change your whole life. You can do this when you first wake up, right before you go to sleep or anytime you need to “reset” a negative mindset and steer your thoughts in a more positive direction. Choose what you’d like to focus on (weight loss, drawing in your highest good, a stress-free day), relax and spend 5 minutes focusing on just that. I like to lay down and breathe deeply, then imagine how I would FEEL having the thing I desire. Your goal is to FEEL really good after doing this. An example: for weight loss, how does it FEEL to put on those skinny jeans? How do you feel going about your day in them? Imagine in detail what each part of your body looks like in it’s smaller state. Visualize that extra fatty tissue just melting away. I try to imagine the outsides of my arm, leg, etc. moving inward, toward the bone as if all those extra stored calories were being drawn in to be burned up as fuel by my body instead of waiting around in storage. I can usually feel a tingling sensation when I do this. I do this at night and go to sleep feeling very good about my strong, healthy body.
Here are some of my favorite affirmations that I repeat to myself all through the day. I mix and match them, unless I have time to do a 10 minute intensive, such as while relaxing, on my way to work or anytime I am stuck waiting in line, etc. For 10 whole minutes I say one affirmation outloud, repeating the same phrase like a mantra. If you are in a waiting line it’s ok to say it silently, but out loud is the best!
Everyday in every way, I am getting better and better.
My life is rich in beauty and happiness and it shows on my face.
Show me clearly how I may best serve Thee. Show me clearly how I may best use my innate talents and desires to create my perfect life.
I see the world through eyes of joy.
I am well.
One of my favorite teachers, Louise Hay, says,” If doubts or fears or negative thoughts come up, just recognize them for what they are—old limiting beliefs that want to stay around. Say to them gently: Out, I no longer need you. And then repeat your positive affirmations again. That which we constantly affirm becomes true for us.”
I have found that last statement to be very, very true.
This one is tough for some people. Some people have never thought to see themselves as a friend, or a person to be loved and cared for. Imagine that your mind is like your mom, and your body is her responsibility. What does a good mom do? She tells her child that she loves them often, and makes sure they get her best possible care. They trust her to do what is best for them. Would she heap piles of fast food and sweets on their plate as nourishment? Give them only 4 hours of sleep and then out a full day of work in front of them, pouring energy drunks down their throat to force them to get through it all? Or burn their lungs with tobacco or poison them with drugs and alcohol? No! In this way, we cause our body not to trust our mind to make the best choices for us and it creates a serious disconnection. How successful is a ship when the captain (mind) is giving orders that harm the crew? So we need to change all of that. We need to convince our spirit that our mind and body are on the same page. Start by looking yourself right in the eyes in a mirror and saying (out loud) “I love you.” Repeat it a few times. Try “Help me to be the very best I can to you.” Your body will respond. It may be in something simple like causing you to reach for celery instead of Reese’s Cups for a snack, or asking you to take it for a walk before you plop down in front of the tv for the night.
These are things that have worked very well to change my life. And, by starting small, it never feels overwhelming.
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