02 Nov

Reaching your Goals: Self-Improvement and Success

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Recognize your own path – when it comes to reaching your goals and improving your life, you need to be the leader. You are in control of what you want and your goals should come down to you and you alone. Just because your Dad wants you to be a lawyer and your Mom wants you to have 5 children does not mean this is what you have to do- it’s your life and thus, you are the boss.

Disassociate yourself from negativity – in the same way positive thoughts lead to positive results, negative thoughts leads to negative results. Negativity may be all around you- bitchy co-workers; unhappy neighbors; a depressing partner. Disassociate yourself from those types of people. You are in a happy, positive place – no negativity allowed.

Define your goals clearly – goals are what make life worth living. Think long and hard about what you want to accomplish and how you are going to get there. Make steps, include financial costs and put in as much detail as possible – the more defined your goals are, the easier they will be to achieve (and the more rewarding when you get there).

Push jealously aside – when you watch someone on a parallel path reaching their goals a lot sooner, it can be hard to sit back and be happy for them. But this is what you are going to have to do. Getting rid of this envy and resentment is a big hurdle in improving your self. But, once you overcome these feelings, you are a lot closer to reaching a state of Zen-like success.

Use visual reminders as boosters – being able to clearly see your goal can help motivate you and keep you focused on your game plan. Many people will post a picture of their ‘dream body’ on the fridge when they are trying to lose weight. Others will use their ‘dream car’ as their computer screen saver at work when those tough days get them down. A visual reminder can boost your motivation and drive to succeed.

See yourself at the end – as mentioned above, visualization is vital to reach your goal and improve your self. This is why it’s important to visualize yourself there. See yourself fitting into that size 10. Feel the breeze on your cheeks as you drive that sports car. Seeing is believing.

Use timelines – tracking your success can help you put your goal into perspective and see how far you’ve already come. It’s important for self-improvement that you recognize your feats and be proud of what you have doing, or are planning to do.

Reward yourself on the way – be happy with your progress. Whether your goal will take you twenty days or twenty years doesn’t matter- the important thing is that you are doing it. You are getting there. To keep yourself motivated every step of the way, you need to reward yourself with small treats. Be proud of how far you have come and prepare for the journey ahead.

Make room for failure – it can’t be a smooth road all the time- there has to be plenty of bumps along the way. In fact, it is these bumps that make the road worth traveling. Failure is a big part of our lives and we need to learn to live, love and laugh at failure rather than give in to it. Henry Ford once said that every failed attempt is just another opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. Failure is experience and experience is power.

 

 

23 Oct

Self-Improvement Tips For Your Spirit, Mind and Soul

Being healthy is not merely about your body. In order to completely improve yourself, it’s important to boost your mind, spirit and soul as well.

Develop tolerance and patience – people make mistakes, that’s a fact of life. The first step to discovering peace with society and improving yourself is simply by developing an understanding for those things around you that you can’t control or change.

Meditate – you need to make time to meditate for 15 minutes each day. If you don’t like the thought of meditating, practice taking deep breaths once a day. This could easily assist with circulation and decrease your measure of stress.

Volunteer – volunteering for a good cause is not only beneficial to your psyche, but also for others. Find something you are excited about and look towards volunteering your time or some money. There are so many charities and organizations that would actually love your help such as the SPCA, Breast Cancer Awareness and the Salvation Army.

Discover The Secret – The Secret is not something that everyone agrees with. However, a number of the messages are vital to your self-improvement. You control your own future, no one else does! For more self-improvement tips, consider exploring other spiritual self-help books which could provide relief
for your mind and spirit.

Write down your thoughts – writing not only serves to stimulates your brain’s activity, additionally it works like a great de-stressor. Start a journal so you can keep track of your thoughts whether you are feeling down or not. Invest in a well-made journal to enhance your creative juices.

Read – Find some time on the weekend to curl up on the couch with a good book. This simple pleasure is not just relaxing, it can also be stimulating by taking you to a place you might have never been before.

Think Positive – Positive thoughts lead to positive outcomes. Surround yourself with positive energy and this energetic vibe will of course be infused into your lifestyle and daily habits.

Plan ahead – there are various things in life that just happen. They can be annoying and/or frustrating but that’s just the way it is. This might include a traffic jam on your way to work or a long line at the post
office. If you are prepared for these factors, then you will be able to handle these annoying situations a lot better. Consider giving yourself an extra 20 minutes to arrive to work, just in case your run into the rush hour traffic. It’s healthier for your psyche to be sitting in your car thinking “good thing I planned ahead and left 20 minutes early” rather than stressing about being late for work or an appointment.

Do something for others – selfishness and self-improvement never mix. Taking others into consideration will benefit yourself and you can share your knowledge & wealth others.  Boosting your sense of self while helping someone else. The small things can really make a significant difference in how you see your self worth, and lifting other peoples moods.

Stimulate your brain – grab a crossword puzzle or enjoy the Sudoku in your morning newspaper. These fun little games are quick to do while keeping your mind sharp.

Find daily alone time – between work, the kids, your spouse and your friends, it may seem like you don’t get a single moment to yourself. Find that moment, it is very important! This could be as easy as shutting the doors and taking a 20 minute bath. It is important for you to find time to decompress, reflect and relax and it really is best done without any distractions.

As you can see there are many ways to improve yourself & others at the same time. Never stop learning & improving your skills to be healthy all the way around. In this way, you could possibly encourage others to do the same.

06 Sep

How positive affirmations can change your life

Having a positive attitude is the key to being happy and leading a successful life, our thoughts play a huge role in how we feel and positive thinking leads to a confident person happy in life, while negativity leads to low self-esteem and you missing out on so much in life. We so often talk ourselves out of things without even realizing we are doing so, everyday hundreds of negative thoughts drift freely through our mind, we put ourselves down too much and sow the seeds of doubt. There is a small simple tool that you can use throughout the day to help to change these negative thoughts and instil a more positive way of thinking; using daily positive affirmations can change your life drastically for the better. They can make you more confident, more aware, more sure of yourself and change your life in many more aspects for the better.

What are positive affirmations?

Positive affirmations can be used throughout the day anywhere and at anytime you need them, the more you use them the easier positive thoughts will take over negative ones and you will see benefits happening in your life. An affirmation is a simple technique that is used to change negative self-talk that we are rarely even aware of doing, into looking at your life with a more positive attitude. Most of us have for many years bombarded ourselves with negative thoughts so changing your thoughts and the way you think won’t happen overnight but if you stick with affirmations they will work once you have retrained your way of thinking. There are many different affirmation techniques for dealing with different situations in life and the most popular and successful are listed below.

The mirror technique

This technique helps you to appreciate yourself and develop self-awareness and self-esteem, you should stand in front of a mirror, preferably a full length one in either just your underwear or better still naked. Start at your head and working down your body say out loud what it is you like about areas of your body, for example you could say “I like the way my hair shines, the slight differences in color where the light hits it” or “ my eyes are a lovely shade of _ _ _ _. They sparkle and glint; my eyes are a wonderful feature” take the time and go slowly over all your body building up a more positive image of yourself.

The anywhere technique

This technique can be used anywhere and whenever you catch yourself thinking a negative thought, when you realize you are having a negative thought think of yourself turning down a volume knob inside your head so that you turn it down low enough so as not to hear it any longer. Then think a positive affirmation to replace the negative and turn the volume back up repeating it to yourself.

The trashcan technique

If you have negative thoughts write them down on a scrap of paper, screw the paper up into a ball and throw it into the trashcan, by doing this you are telling yourself these thoughts are nothing but rubbish and that’s where they belong.

The meditation technique

Find somewhere quiet where you able to relax for 5 or 10 minutes close your eyes and let your mid empty of all thoughts and feelings. Begin to repeat your affirmation to yourself over and over again while concentrating on the words you are repeating and believe in what you are saying.

 

27 May

Why Should We Be Grateful?

Being grateful is one of the best traits that you should strife in obtaining in your. You should remember to give gratitude for all the things that you have obtain in your life, whether is is big or small. Being grateful is a wonderful way to attract more positive things into your life. This includes being thankful for those persons who bring positive support to your life.

Potential Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude will also offer you with valuable benefits that you can make use in your entire life.
It is not enough to say the words “thank you” to someone who did something good to or for you.
It is also important that you show them how you really appreciate the things that they have done
for you.

Better Moods and Less Stress

If you have ever noticed, most people that are truly grateful are happier than those people who are not. It is also true that grateful thinking has the ability to improve your mood throughout your day.
Gratitude reduces depression and anxiety. In order for you to enhance your moods and eliminate
those unwanted stresses, notice things that happen around you that bring good feelings or outcomes, say “I am grateful for….” & really feel it!

More Gain, Less Pain

Being grateful will also help you obtain a wide variety of health benefits that include a stronger immune system, lower your blood pressure and reduce the possible risks that stress can have on your body.

Better sleep

A better sleep is one of the things that you need to be thankful for since not everyone experiences
a good nights sleep. In order for you to attain the personal power perfection, you need to be grateful even for those simple things that come into your life.

Stronger Relationships

Expressing gratefulness to your close friend or partner has the ability to enhance your relationship bonds. This can also help you decide which relationships to continue & which ones have run their course & is time to end those that do not bring positive benefits to your life.

In order to protect your personal power, being grateful to every single thing that comes into your life is really important. The potential benefits of gratitude that are stated above can greatly help you in appreciating the real aspects of personal power perfection.

25 May

Loving Yourself Basics

Loving yourself is considered as one of the most important factors that you must know and possess. Just like what the bible says “love your neighbors as you love yourself”. In this phrase, you can understand that you need to love everything around you including yourself.

The following are some of the basics on how to start loving your own self to attain the significance of personal power perfection.

Get Rid Of  the Anger and Grief

According to most researchers, this is the first factor that you need to follow. In order for you to move passed this first step, you write a journal that contains things that might still be upsetting you about things that have happened in your past.

After you have written down everything you have thought of, tear the page up & through it away! This might sound silly but I’ve done this & it really does work to clear these feelings out of you.

In this way, you can easily wash out the anger and grief that you are feeling inside. This kind of process is also known as catharsis, it simply means that you want to purify yourself until you are completely pure. It is a kind of cleansing process that is highly recommended to clean your soul’s dirt.

Forgive

The next step that you should do is to forgive yourself for all the things that you have done wrong or think you might have done wrong. When you completely forgive yourself, it is the perfect time to forgive other people for the things that they also done to you. In order for you to completely forgive yourself, you need to let go all the bad memories that hurts you in the past and continue a brighter life in the future.

Build Positive Experiences

To completely start loving yourself, every single day of your life, you can start each day by writing in your journal positive things about yourself.  You can also write down good things that you admire about people who are part of your life.  Then when  you go to bed, reread the list you made that morning, in this way you will fall asleep with a positive frame of mind.

Keeping these suggestions in mind will serve as your helpful guide in changing your life in a positive way. And remember, this is a new skill you are working on so if you stumble, don’t give yourself a hard time about it. As Dory says in Finding Nemo…”Just Keep Swimming”

 

30 Apr

You Can Design Your Life

The other day, after looking at my calendar and seeing how jam packed the upcoming week, month, year was, I started to feel panicky. The days are full. Completely full. They are the kind of days where I wonder how it’s all going to get done. They are the kind of days where I know it can’t all possibly get done. They are filled with to-dos, check lists, calls, and emails, writing deadlines, and work, work, and more work. They are the days where I move from one task to another – mindful of getting each one finished but not particularly mindful of the bigger picture and how I fit into it and how this is all part of my purpose. I didn’t see much downtime on the schedule or much self care or much space for being. And I could feel my chest begin to tighten.

Sometimes, in these moments of overwhelm, I need to move away from it before I completely go into hysterics. I can feel my soul crying out that it needs me to slow down, and so I either lie down and pull the covers up or go to the couch, wrap myself in a blanket, and turn on the TV – which is what I did on this particular day.

Oprah was on, and she mentioned that years ago she was telling Jerry Seinfeld that she was really tired, that she wasn’t looking forward to going back to her show (which at that point still had several years left to be on the air). He told her to stop whining and realize that she had the power to design her own life. Because of that conversation, she made the decision to end her show and to create space in her life to do the things that she wanted to do – the things that fed her soul.

A light bulb went on in my head, and I realized that this was the exact message that I needed to hear right then. I, too, have the power to design my life. We all do. If there is something that I don’t like about it, I can change it. Maybe not immediately, but I can begin taking steps to remedy whatever is hurting my soul.

For me, not having enough time to myself – time to go within, write, reflect, and BE – was weighing heavy on my heart and making me not super excited about my life in general. When I looked at the schedule, I was missing from it. And I knew that this was something that I had the power to change.

I create my schedule. And so if I’m not on it, I can change that. I can move appointments around or shift how I run my business in order to make sure that my own needs are met. If I look at something and feel that it no longer feeds my soul, I can take it out of the schedule or at least make plans to eliminate it in the near future.

This is something that I knew, but I hadn’t taken action on. And sometimes, all it takes is hearing it from a loving messenger (for me, in the form of Oprah) to wake us up and help us to take action.

I hope that I can serve as a loving messenger for you right now.

Is there any part of your life that you aren’t happy about – that you would like to change? Would you be willing to believe that you have the power to design your own life – that you can start right now to begin making changes to create whatever kind of life you want? 

You can start slowly – begin with awareness. Start by just imagining what your ideal life would look like. And then take baby steps to begin making it your reality.

I’m looking at my schedule in a completely different way now. And I love seeing that I’m back on it – big pockets of downtime where I can have some space and time for myself.

That feels amazing. And I’ll be much more present for others when I’ve honored my own needs in this way.

I hope you’ll take some time to reflect on your own life and see how you would like to design it. It matters because you matter. 

Hugs,

Jodi

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Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

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08 Apr

Ripples of Love – Free Printable Poster!

I believe that we can change the world. 

I do.

And it’s not necessarily with what we say or what we do. It’s not necessarily with our actions or our accomplishments.

Our ability to change the world goes much deeper than that – it goes all the way down to the core of our being.

Our ability to change the world resides in whether we allow love to flow out of our hearts and into the lives of every person that we encounter.

That’s all. And that’s everything. Truly.

I believe that we each have this amazing light at our core – this inner flame that is fed by love. And when it’s ignited, it has the ability to light the entire universe.

And I believe that it’s our choice if we will reject this love or feed this love.

Imagine living in a world where you were greeted with love, where you received endless love everywhere you went, where you were constantly filled with love by everyone you interacted with.

How would you feel?

Loved, right?

I would imagine that you would feel full and grounded and light and free all at the same time. I would imagine that you would be so excited to take this love that you’ve received and share it with others – to allow it to ripple out into the entire world – reaching one person at a time.

I would imagine that the way you saw the world would begin to change. And I would imagine that the way you saw others would begin to change. And I would imagine that the way others saw you would begin to change as well.

It starts with love. And it ends with love. 

It’s all about love. 

That’s all. And that’s everything. Truly.

I know that it isn’t always easy to open up to love. I know that it can hurt horribly when we get our hearts broken. I know, truly I do.

But I also know that love is everything – it’s our purpose, our reason for living, our essence, our way that our soul speaks to us, our connection with others and with the entire universe. 

And if we have closed off our lifeline to all that is, then we aren’t truly living. We are simply existing.

And I want more than that for you, for me, for all of us.

I want each of us to fully experience life – to fully experience love.

And it starts with one smile, with one act of kindness, with one step into the land of vulnerability.

This is where I live, and it’s honestly a wonderful place.

Are things in this special space perfect all of the time? Of course not. My heart still gets broken, and I still shy away from being so open from time to time. But I always come back because I know how wonderful I feel when I am here.

And I know how many lives my love can touch when I allow myself to be in this love-filled space.

I have seen the ripple. And it’s absolutely amazing. I have seen lives change because I am living with an open heart. And so I know that this is true. I know that we can put so much more love into the world simply by choosing to.

I know it.

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I created a poster to encourage each of us to continue putting ripples of love into the world!

You can click here to print it out. It measures 8×10 and is saved at high resolution.

It’s my gift to you because I have seen how powerful of a healer and a connector love can truly be. I know how much my own life changed when I opened my heart and let the love pour out, and it’s my hope that this will help each of us remember how powerful we are and how our love has the ability to change the world.

 

Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

 

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09 Mar

How Do You Define Self Care?

Article by Jodi Chapman

 

“Self Care” is one of those phrases that gets thrown around so much that we can become desensitized to it. We all know that we’re “supposed” to practice self care. And we’ve all heard the oxygen mask example in relation to self care. (How if you’re traveling with a small child and there is a problem with the airplane’s cabin pressure that you’re supposed to put on your oxygen mask first. Because if you aren’t breathing, you aren’t going to be much help to your kids.)

So we know that self care is important. We know that it’s a practice we should get into the habit of. We know that we’ll feel more whole and energized if we do it.

But what does self care look like exactly? Because we’re all so different, your idea of self care is most likely very different than mine.

I’m a huge believer in defining our vision for ourselves and our lives and then moving toward making that vision reality. With that in mind, I would love for all of us to take a few minutes right now and define what self care means to us. I would love for us to create a vision of what our life looks like when we’re taking care of ourselves each day.

I’ll share my vision here, and then I would love for you to share either all or part of your vision in the comments below!

What Self Care Looks Like for Me:

  1. I get plenty of restful sleep.

  2. I make space in my life for simply being.

  3. I honor wherever I am – emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually.

  4. I do at least one thing every single day that’s just for me.

  5. I get hugs from my sweetie. And I give hugs to him and also to my cats.

  6. I drink a green smoothie each day.

  7. I take my vitamins every day.

  8. On sunny days, I sit outside for a few minutes and soak up the warmth.

  9. I wear comfortable clothes that feel good on my body.

  10. I light a candle each day and pull an Angel card – keeping my connection with the Divine.

  11. I spend time alone each day writing from my soul.

  12. I sing, dance, and laugh.

  13. I set clear boundaries, and I give myself permission to say no.

  14. I play games with my sweetie, especially our nightly round of Backgammon.

  15. I surround myself in a love bubble and make sure those inside are loving and supportive.

  16. I stop when I’m tired.

  17. I honor my need for quiet time and reflection, and I build it into my schedule.

  18. I am conscious of my thoughts and give energy to those that I wish to nourish.

  19. I do what I can and make peace with what I can’t.

  20. I listen to my soul, and I allow it to guide me.

Okay, now it’s your turn! 

What does self care look like for you? 

I would love to read your answer in the comments below.

And now that we have our clear self-care vision, we can begin making this vision reality!

 

 

Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

 

Website      Facebook      Pay-What-You-Want Ecourse       Free Ebook

 

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“Self Care” is one of those phrases that gets thrown around so much that we can become desensitized to it. We all know that we’re “supposed” to practice self care. And we’ve all heard the oxygen mask example in relation to self care. (How if you’re travelling with a small child and there is a problem with the airplane’s cabin pressure that you’re supposed to put on your oxygen mask first. Because if you aren’t breathing, you aren’t going to be much help to your kids.)

So we know that self care is important. We know that it’s a practice we should get into the habit of. We know that we’ll feel more whole and energized if we do it.

But what does self care look like exactly? Because we’re all so different, your idea of self care is most likely very different than mine.

I’m a huge believer in defining our vision for ourselves and our lives and then moving toward making that vision reality. With that in mind, I would love for all of us to take a few minutes right now and define what self care means to us. I would love for us to create a vision of what our life looks like when we’re taking care of ourselves each day.

I’ll share my vision here, and then I would love for you to share either all or part of your vision in the comments below!

What Self Care Looks Like for Me:

  1. I get plenty of restful sleep.
  2. I make space in my life for simply being.
  3. I honor wherever I am – emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually.
  4. I do at least one thing every single day that’s just for me.
  5. I get hugs from my sweetie. And I give hugs to him and also to my cats.
  6. I drink a green smoothie each day.
  7. I take my vitamins every day.
  8. On sunny days, I sit outside for a few minutes and soak up the warmth.
  9. I wear comfortable clothes that feel good on my body.
  10. I light a candle each day and pull an Angel card – keeping my connection with the Divine.
  11. I spend time alone each day writing from my soul.
  12. I sing, dance, and laugh.
  13. I set clear boundaries, and I give myself permission to say no.
  14. I play games with my sweetie, especially our nightly round of Backgammon.
  15. I surround myself in a love bubble and make sure those inside are loving and supportive.
  16. I stop when I’m tired.
  17. I honor my need for quiet time and reflection, and I build it into my schedule.
  18. I am conscious of my thoughts and give energy to those that I wish to nourish.
  19. I do what I can and make peace with what I can’t.
  20. I listen to my soul, and I allow it to guide me.

 

Okay, now it’s your turn! 

What does self care look like for you? 

I would love to read your answer in the comments below.

And now that we have our clear self-care vision, we can begin making this vision reality!
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/heartofthesoul/2014/02/how-do-you-define-self-care.html#2ssQToSxfo7ILzjf.99

“Self Care” is one of those phrases that gets thrown around so much that we can become desensitized to it. We all know that we’re “supposed” to practice self care. And we’ve all heard the oxygen mask example in relation to self care. (How if you’re travelling with a small child and there is a problem with the airplane’s cabin pressure that you’re supposed to put on your oxygen mask first. Because if you aren’t breathing, you aren’t going to be much help to your kids.)

So we know that self care is important. We know that it’s a practice we should get into the habit of. We know that we’ll feel more whole and energized if we do it.

But what does self care look like exactly? Because we’re all so different, your idea of self care is most likely very different than mine.

I’m a huge believer in defining our vision for ourselves and our lives and then moving toward making that vision reality. With that in mind, I would love for all of us to take a few minutes right now and define what self care means to us. I would love for us to create a vision of what our life looks like when we’re taking care of ourselves each day.

I’ll share my vision here, and then I would love for you to share either all or part of your vision in the comments below!

What Self Care Looks Like for Me:

  1. I get plenty of restful sleep.
  2. I make space in my life for simply being.
  3. I honor wherever I am – emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually.
  4. I do at least one thing every single day that’s just for me.
  5. I get hugs from my sweetie. And I give hugs to him and also to my cats.
  6. I drink a green smoothie each day.
  7. I take my vitamins every day.
  8. On sunny days, I sit outside for a few minutes and soak up the warmth.
  9. I wear comfortable clothes that feel good on my body.
  10. I light a candle each day and pull an Angel card – keeping my connection with the Divine.
  11. I spend time alone each day writing from my soul.
  12. I sing, dance, and laugh.
  13. I set clear boundaries, and I give myself permission to say no.
  14. I play games with my sweetie, especially our nightly round of Backgammon.
  15. I surround myself in a love bubble and make sure those inside are loving and supportive.
  16. I stop when I’m tired.
  17. I honor my need for quiet time and reflection, and I build it into my schedule.
  18. I am conscious of my thoughts and give energy to those that I wish to nourish.
  19. I do what I can and make peace with what I can’t.
  20. I listen to my soul, and I allow it to guide me.

 

Okay, now it’s your turn! 

What does self care look like for you? 

I would love to read your answer in the comments below.

And now that we have our clear self-care vision, we can begin making this vision reality!
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/heartofthesoul/2014/02/how-do-you-define-self-care.html#2ssQToSxfo7ILzjf.99

“Self Care” is one of those phrases that gets thrown around so much that we can become desensitized to it. We all know that we’re “supposed” to practice self care. And we’ve all heard the oxygen mask example in relation to self care. (How if you’re travelling with a small child and there is a problem with the airplane’s cabin pressure that you’re supposed to put on your oxygen mask first. Because if you aren’t breathing, you aren’t going to be much help to your kids.)

So we know that self care is important. We know that it’s a practice we should get into the habit of. We know that we’ll feel more whole and energized if we do it.

But what does self care look like exactly? Because we’re all so different, your idea of self care is most likely very different than mine.

I’m a huge believer in defining our vision for ourselves and our lives and then moving toward making that vision reality. With that in mind, I would love for all of us to take a few minutes right now and define what self care means to us. I would love for us to create a vision of what our life looks like when we’re taking care of ourselves each day.

I’ll share my vision here, and then I would love for you to share either all or part of your vision in the comments below!

What Self Care Looks Like for Me:

  1. I get plenty of restful sleep.
  2. I make space in my life for simply being.
  3. I honor wherever I am – emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually.
  4. I do at least one thing every single day that’s just for me.
  5. I get hugs from my sweetie. And I give hugs to him and also to my cats.
  6. I drink a green smoothie each day.
  7. I take my vitamins every day.
  8. On sunny days, I sit outside for a few minutes and soak up the warmth.
  9. I wear comfortable clothes that feel good on my body.
  10. I light a candle each day and pull an Angel card – keeping my connection with the Divine.
  11. I spend time alone each day writing from my soul.
  12. I sing, dance, and laugh.
  13. I set clear boundaries, and I give myself permission to say no.
  14. I play games with my sweetie, especially our nightly round of Backgammon.
  15. I surround myself in a love bubble and make sure those inside are loving and supportive.
  16. I stop when I’m tired.
  17. I honor my need for quiet time and reflection, and I build it into my schedule.
  18. I am conscious of my thoughts and give energy to those that I wish to nourish.
  19. I do what I can and make peace with what I can’t.
  20. I listen to my soul, and I allow it to guide me.

 

Okay, now it’s your turn! 

What does self care look like for you? 

I would love to read your answer in the comments below.

And now that we have our clear self-care vision, we can begin making this vision reality!
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/heartofthesoul/2014/02/how-do-you-define-self-care.html#2ssQToSxfo7ILzjf.99

13 Nov

Music’s Healing Power — The Perfect Therapy

You’re about to be wheeled in for surgery. You’re very nervous, and nothing anyone says is going to make you feel better. Finally, someone turns on some incredibly soothing music. You finally feel the peace wash over you and you know everything is going to be okay. Is it just a feeling, or does music actually have any influence over your health?

The evidence is stacked up strongly in favor of music’;s healing power! A positive link has been found for those suffering from things like autism, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and Tourettes.

Why Does Music Have a Healing Effect?

There are neuroscientists who are working to discover exactly why music has healing powers. After all, it’s pretty amazing that it can stimulate certain areas of the brain, speed healing, and decrease anxiety and increase optimism.

There are different components to music that can have an effect. Pitch, harmony, frequency, melody, and rhythm all effect the brain in different ways. We know that some of the brain locations are involved in helping to heal and soothe the body as well.

The brain can be taught and stimulated to perform better — and it seems that music is the perfect vehicle to do that.

Musical Therapy

There are around 5,000 registered musical therapists in the United States. Their services are used to soothe people, stimulate recovery, and more. As we now know from scientific evidence, music has an actual physical effect on the body as well.

What Can Music Heal?

Music can be beneficial in just about every circumstance. However, scientists are looking into some specific uses where it has been found to be particularly effective.

Those who have had strokes often have trouble with their speech. It’s thought that the act of singing or chanting can increase their fluency! It also has a strong effect on optimism and a positive outcome in recovery overall.

In fact, the same effect has been seen with those who stutter. Music and singing can completely take the stutter away for a time. This is a great relief and a definite boost for someone who is tired of stuttering.

Parkinsons disease affects movement. The rhythm of music can be a great help because it can stimulate the brain to allow more movement. It can help a person with Parkinsons disease to move smoothly and vibrantly!

Memory is one of the biggest areas of study for music’s healing power. Research in the area of Alzheimers disease has been particularly promising. While it doesn’t take away or lessen the disease, it can help to stimulate memories for the patient.

It’s apparent that music has a special place in both our hearts and our minds, since even those who have nearly completely lost touch with reality can recognize and sing songs they have loved throughout their life.

Music has also been tested to be an amazing de-stressor. You’ve probably seen its effects yourself! You can come home and pop in your favorite CD at the end of the day and the worries that troubled you during the work hours instantly melt away.

The Science Behind Music’s Healing Power

However, there is science behind this and its healing power. Dr. Mike Miller of the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, set out to study this.

He used high-tech imaging to measure blood vessel size while listening to music. What he found was that the lining of the blood vessel relaxed and opened up. It also produced chemicals that help protect the heart.

There is a catch here. It has to be music the person enjoys! If they do not, the vessels close up. This is a stress response — the opposite of what we want.

Music can heal indirectly as well. You see, stress can have terrible effects on the body and mind long term. It can cause the blood vessels to become rigid, which does not allow the blood to flow freely. Arteries can harden as well. Blood pressure can rise overall. All of this is a recipe for heart attack and stroke!

Stress has a negative effect on the immune system as well. People who are stressed tend to get sick far more often. Those who are stressed often experience fertility and performance issues. Stress can even lead to anxiety and depression. It’s an all-around bad mixture for the body!

That’s why we see such positive effects from calm music. Music can make you feel great! When your mood improves, the stress gets chased away. It follows, then, that listening to music consistently can improve your health because it eliminates the factor of stress and its effects on the body and mind.

Hospitals Recognize Music’s Healing Power

Many hospitals and doctors are starting to recognize the wonderful healing effect music can have. They know that it can reduce stress and anxiety. It can help improve the recovery period — and it’s incredibly cost effective.

You can try this as well! There are so many ways you can integrate music into your daily life. Whether you have a condition you feel could be helped by music or not, music can positively affect your mood and overall health.

Researchers do note that you should change up the music you listen to. That way, it is kept fresh and alive, and the effects remain strong. You are now in a great position because you know that music can be so beneficial. If you should ever need surgery or to overcome an illness, you’ll be well aware of the amazing benefits music can hold for you.

It’s a great thing that music’s healing power is not only being studied, but utilized. We’ve used music to heal since the beginning of time — it’s part of who we are. We will come to learn much, much more as scientists dedicate their time to this important area of study. Even more important, however, is that you make music therapy a part of your everyday life.

…and you can start your music therapy today with The Most Relaxing Music in the World!

Share the video below with those you love! If you know someone who is stressed or healing, the chances are high they could use some healing power. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to the wonderful effects music can have on your body.

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14 May

10 ways to unlock your intuition!

It’s not often I come across something as unique and enlightening as this, and when I get to offer it as a gift, that’s icing on the cake!  Did you know that you have a magic wand in your pocket? An inner compass that will align you to your highest path and potential, that you can consciously access and apply?

It is your ultimate ally!

This magic wand is the gateway to your unlimited self, and all the wisdom, love and guidance you need to craft your life optimally!  It is the innate tool within you that swings wide open the doors to True Success; success that reflects and expresses your inherent gifts, talents and soul’s calling. This mysterious power will give you access to higher realms of awareness beyond five-sensory perception.  It is your most treasured resource, and lies latent and untapped, waiting to be unleashed within!

Here’s just some of what you’ll discover:

*The four primary intuitive channels

* The most powerful way to shift your consciousness

* How to get the intuitive ball rolling right away

* The vast and magnificent overseer of your multi selves – past, present and future, conscious and subconscious.

* How to decode the whispers in your physical reality

* The highest vibration in the universe & how to meld with it

* How to ‘create the space’ for your intuition

* Wisdom beyond the intellectual capacities of the mind

* What will initiate your receiving guidance

* The antidote to the ego virus

* And so much more

Discover how in this transformational FREE report: “Unlock Your Intuition