Hello everyone! I'm back after a long illness and dealing with other issues in my world. So happy to be writing again! Working on several new projects so stay tuned!
In the meantime, I have been reading a wonderful new book called The Joy Factor by Susan Smith Jones, PhD. It's written so beautifully. Full of inspiring quotes and great advice. She says there are 10 sacred practices for radiant health. The first one is to live your best life. (Isn't that what Oprah says?)
Quoting from the book, "When you change your attitude about yourself from negative to positive, everything else in your life will change for the better." I've been pondering this a lot. I tend to denigrate myself often. I tend to use negative self talk and keep a constant conversation with myself that, I believe, is very destructive. I feel unworthy or unloveable and this bleeds out into my world in a negative way.
Louise Hay tells us to look at ourselves in the mirror each day and say, "I love you". And mean it! I find that difficult some days. She suggests starting with just your eyes if you can't say it to your whole being. Then each day expand your vision until you are looking at and loving yourself fully and wholly.
When you find yourself saying negative or self destructive things about yourself, try and turn it around and bless your body. Put a smile on your face. Laugh at yourself. Meditate. And definitely give up control of how you "think" you look or act and know that as long as you are in God's grace everything you do and are is OK. Commit yourself to be the best you can be and let the rest go. It doesn't do you or anyone else any good to hold on to this negativity.
In her book, Smith Jones suggests cleaning out closets and drawers. Planting beautiful flowers in your garden, eating healthy, exercising. Clearing any energy that is negative in your life and replacing it with positive, beautiful, light filled people and things. Honor your body and honor the space you live in. Treat yourself with respect and dignity. Find a good doctor who really listens to you. And doesn't just medicate you every time you have a complaint. Listen to your body when it is in pain. Find the real souce of that pain and treat it holistically if you can. Drink plenty of water. Get a good night's sleep. All these things will contribute to well being.
This will also give you new energy to face the world with a brighter light. And when you shine bright light and love on on yourself and others it will return to you 10-fold. Isn't that what we all want? Fabulously joylicious!
By the way, I highly highly recommend this joyful wonderful book.