If you get up today and see your shadow, will you go back into your burrow for 6 more weeks of winter?
It’s easy to get up in the morning and feel like our shadow is dragging us down. It can take a lot of work to change our mind from that dark and sometimes negative-chatter-gray-matter hole to feel good and happy about ourselves and our lives. Our minds and thoughts won’t change themselves, we have to consciously make the change and see that spring - sunshine, butterflies and flowers bursting from the earth - and from our hearts, is coming soon!
So, start today. No matter what shadows seem to have been heavy on your mind and life, take a deep breath and release them. It’s February! It’s the month of love! Every month is the month of love of course, but this month it’s all red and pink and all over the place. So, do things this month to kick off a new year of falling in love with yourself. Yes, that’s what I said! Fall - in - love - with - your - self!
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserve your love and affection.” ~ Buddha, 563-483 B.C.
WHAT DOES FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF MEAN?
It means staying above ground, out of the dark mental and emotional places, and loving who you are, no matter what. I means dealing with those “shadows” of the past or parts of ourselves that are hard to like sometimes, or that are scary or feel out of control.
“Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it.
Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it.” ~ Thaddeus Golas
DECLUTTER OLD THOUGHTS
This month, the month of love, make it a point to declutter any thoughts that keep you from taking good and GREAT care of yourself. Think of it this way - if you were madly in love with another, your child, or . . . your pet!, think of the things you do for them that you don’t do for yourself!
And, falling in love with yourself is especially important if you have children… remember, you are their role model. What are they learning from you about self-image, self-love, self-esteem?
Right now list 3 things that would make you feel more relaxed, loved, happy, joyful and/or peaceful. Now, go do them or create them. Don’t wait for others to “get it” and do it with or for you. Start doing and being it for yourself. When you open your heart and refresh your mind to yourself about you, you will notice life around you changing because of it! (It’s never about anyone else. It’s always just about us!)
You deserve the BEST — and from yourself first.
“I finally realized that being grateful to my body
was key to giving more love to myself.” ~ Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine
IT’S ALL ABOUT RETRAINING YOUR BRAIN!
The neuronet in our brains is a massively powerful system that collects your thoughts, beliefs, stories and feelings and creates patterns and pathways, “neuropathways” that become “habits.” We start being and doing the same things over and over because we keep thinking the same thoughts over and over. We aren’t going to change if we don’t help our brains out by retraining them every day to follow the new patterns, thoughts, beliefs and choices we really want to make.
Try new things; meet new people; step out of your routines and ruts.
“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” ~ Oscar Wilde
THIS WORKBOOK WILL HELP YOU LET GO AND MAKE THE CHANGES YOU DESIRE
My book Letting Go With All Your Might is a great tool to help you do this. It has over 40 exercises in it to help guide to into and through the changes you desire. See more about this workbook that is used by counselors worldwide for their clients and patients due to its easy to follow instructions, stories, illustrations and keys for surrender to the old and creating the new.
READY FOR SOME PERSONAL COACHING?
If you need help staying accountable to your changes; if you need to “let go” of old patterned thoughts, beliefs, habits or experiences that keep you stuck and dissatisfied with your life; if you would like to make some major, or even small changes in your life and need support and guidance, I want to help you make them. Let’s heal the world, one joyful heart at a time - starting with yours!