Do you ever think to yourself, “If only my situation (or another individual) would change, my life would be great?” It would be wonderful if the circumstances or people in your life could change for the better, but it doesn’t usually work that way. If you want to see improvements in your current experiences, you must stop waiting for things to shift in the outer world and recognize that the change you're looking for will come from within YOU. When you begin the journey towards healing yourself, all the other people and circumstances in your life will transform in relation to you.
Ask yourself, “Am I willing to take the steps needed to create my own peace and happiness?” If you answered “YES”, then breaking free can begin today. You can be the hero of your own life story, one day at a time, when you get the support you need to nurture yourself through each stage of your evolution and begin to love yourself as you heal your own life.
Waiting for things to be different is a wearisome, frustrating course of action. But embracing growth in the areas of your mind, body, emotions and spirit is exhilarating. It can be a positive challenge that shifts your world into an essential, interactive journey. The moment you become willing to flow with the process, something powerful happens. You open a doorway to learning how to release the blocks and barriers that have been getting in the way of you discovering your own power, inner wisdom, and strengths.
If you feel an emotion—an old, repressed, hardened chunk of emotion or a more recent one that has arisen along the path, you can free it and the belief that is attached to it: I am unlovable. Life has to be difficult. I am not enough.
When you release the stale emotional energy of the past and the false beliefs linked to it, your spirit ignites and your body shifts. You experience a cleansing and detoxification. Transformation takes place on several levels. In time a new lesson comes to light. You awaken to the truth that you can choose happiness, freedom, forgiveness, and self-love. Soon you come to a more evolved awareness about yourself, about life. I am lovable. Life is intended to be simple, easy, exciting, and adventurous. I am liberated to be at peace. I have choices about my experiences. I can reveal my heart and soul to the world. Then, right before your eyes, the change that you've been waiting for happens, but it happens as a result of your own evolutionary process—not because something or someone outside of you transformed.
Trust the process of healing yourself. Honor it, respect it, revere it. When you start to love yourself more each day, it's astonishing how your life continuously gets better. You feel better. You look healthier. You become connected to your soul purpose. Money is available as you need it. Your relationships improve, or the negative ones melt away making space for positive supportive people to come into your life.
Taking charge of your life experiences leads to a remembrance of how incredibly wonderful you truly are and always have been. Welcome the changes that can be yours. Let the universe help you, as you become willing to take an active part in creating your well-being.
Show up and watch, as all you need is revealed to you one step at a time. It's your moment to sparkle and shine.
This article was originally published in the May 2014 edition of Natural Awakenings Magazine on Women's Wellness.
What is stress?
"Stress is the body's reaction to harmful situations ... whether they’re real or perceived. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. This reaction is known as "fight-or-flight,” or the stress response. During stress response, your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises. You’ve gotten ready to act. It is how you protect yourself." ~ WebMD
Each of us experiences stress in a completely personal way and exhibits the signs and symptoms of stress in a unique fashion. No matter how stressed you are, it is highly unlikely that you will be obviously revealing all the emotional, physical, and behavioral symptoms of stress. Most people tend to show patterns of symptoms according to how badly stressed they actually are. Learning to recognize your personal early signs of stress, and taking effective steps at that point to cultivate a relaxation response within yourself, can support you in avoiding heading down the path of creating more severe symptoms later on.
The following are possible stress related symptoms that you can experience according to WebMD:
Emotional symptoms of stress include:
There are steps you can take that can help you to reduce stress, change your response to it, or regain a sense of control in your life. Finding effective outlets for your anxiety and frustration needs to be considered by each individual. Make time to think about and the personal activities that excite you, increase peace of mind, and manifest joy in your life. Whatever you choose, it needs to be something that you are going to really enjoy and doesn't feel like a punishment to yourself.
The following are some simple ideas to inspire you:
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This is a simple yet profound daily spiritual practice for uplifting your spirit. You can set in motion your journey to a tranquil, centered state of gratitude by following the steps below:
1. Begin this sacred time of stillness by watching your breath as you quiet your mind and free your heart to listen, to love and to grow. You are united in a consciousness of oneness in the silence … relax and let go. Allow loving thoughts and feelings of gratitude to surface. With your eyes closed, make a tight fist while taking a deep inward breath, and then open it as you slowly exhale. Repeat this exercise several times as you allow the energy of gratitude to surround you and stream through you.
2. Touching your thumb to your index finger, picture something that you're sincerely thankful for in the present moment. Imagine it clearly and give thanks to Divine Love for it.
3. Touching your thumb to your middle finger, take a trip backwards in time to the recent past and recall something you feel genuinely grateful for that happened during that period in your life. Visualize it clearly and feel thankful for how this experience has blessed you.
4. Touching your thumb to your ring finger, gently catapult yourself into the near future and think of something that you desire to affirm is waiting for you there to enjoy. Envision it clearly and give thanks for it.
5. Touching your thumb to your pinky finger, imagine something that transcends all space and time that you're deeply grateful for in the here and now. It could be God, the angels, or life itself. Convey repeated thanks for it.
This easy five-finger sacred ritual is intended to support you to enter into an uplifted state of true peace and fulfillment. When you express gratitude for the blessings in your life on a daily basis, you fan the flames for continued good to flow forth from Source into your existence. Your energy responds to the mental practice of gratitude, encouraging abundance to grow larger and brighter in all areas of your life.
This week I invite you to hold a space in time to explore the most intimate human connection you will ever have – your connection with yourself.
From birth until death you will spend more time with yourself than with anyone else. Therefore, it is in your best interest to put some energy into developing the deepest relationship you can possibly have with the magnificent being at your inner core.
Each morning take about five minutes to stand in front of a mirror and lovingly look into your own eyes, as you say to yourself out loud, "I love and approve of you. You are Love and Light, Divine in nature. You are beautiful and wonderful exactly as you are. You are loved wholly and completely. You are Divine Love called into being. You are a bright Light in the world. I love being you!"
As time passes, you will acquire an appreciation and fondness of your own company. You will begin to understand that you are a valuable companion. You will discover new and wonderful ways to enjoy your own friendship. Loving yourself makes living less lonely and fills your life with limitless opportunities for serenity, joy, and sensational satisfaction.
My Inner Bliss™ Daily Affirmation:
“I allow myself to cherish the seconds, minutes, and hours I spend with me. I am deserving of my own loving attention. I celebrate the beautiful creation of Spirit that I AM!”
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Thank you God for the little things that make my life so special. Thank you for a delicious cup of morning coffee. Thank you for the lovely flowers blooming in my organic garden. Thank you the dogs that cheerfully greet me at my door. Thank you for the beloved friends and family members that fill my days with their love. Thank you for my beautiful home. Thank you Spirit for all these blessings and more. I enthusiastically thank you with my whole heart and soul, for these little gifts in my life.
Amen and with infinite joy.
Mantra meditation is one of the tools I use to help others to awaken to their silent super power. I believe spiritual practice is essential to reclaiming and working with your sixth sense. Meditating gives you an opportunity to clear your mental airways so that messages of intuition can be heard. Meditation will help you release the prattle of thoughts, ideas, worries, concerns, and things on your need to-do list that muddle your receptive awareness. When you regularly sit peacefully and do nothing, you can achieve the inner stillness that is a prerequisite to letting your intuition guide you to fulfillment and flow.
To meditate, find a quiet comfortable place where you can sit in a relaxed manner, with your spine erect, for five to twenty minutes a day. Let your thoughts quiet and concentrate on a mantra. As thoughts come into your mind, gently but firmly allow yourself to let them go and return your concentration to your chosen mantra. You can meditate in a comfortable chair, by a lake or stream, in a forest, out in your yard, or anyplace you choose that supports you to unwind and go within.
Here a few examples of modern mantras:
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"I open my mind and heart to the miracles of self-love."
What does it mean to love yourself? To do kind comforting things for and to yourself? Is it making time to get a massage, having lunch with a dear friend, buying yourself a fancy car or new clothes? Yes, sometimes. But true self-love is much more profound than that. Cultivating self-love and compassion for yourself means loving and embracing all that you are today ─ your thoughts, feelings, beauty, your age, mistakes, flaws, and imperfections, your power, sense of humor, intelligence, as well as your unique and different way of viewing the world around you.
Deeply loving yourself means not only accepting, but really adoring, each and every part of you, the entire package as a whole, and knowing at your core that you're valuable, important to the Divine Plan, deserving of great good, and lovable. It means being your best friend when life is going your way, as well as during those challenging and difficult times when it isn't as you would like it to be. Really loving yourself means that you stand by and up for yourself if that is what you need to do.
For many years I lived with a shielded heart. My patterns of self-hatred began long ago in my abusive childhood. There came a time in my healing journey when I simply could no longer consent to endure my lack of self-love. I had talked about self-love. I read books about the topic and went to workshops. I fed myself daily positive affirmations that I loved myself while looking in a mirror. It sounded good, but it still wasn't ringing true deep within me. I couldn't feel the words I was telling myself and my life still wasn't fully reflecting back to me these new beliefs. I realized then that I had to actually begin practicing the art of self-love. It was time to start loving myself the way I desperately wanted others to love me. This became the next step on my path.
To live in a harmonious way, one where love is given and received in balance, loving yourself isn't an elective along your journey. It's a main course in Awakening 101. In order to tune in and listen to the whispers of your heart that let you know where you're being guided ... to be present for your thoughts so you can comprehend what you really believe ... to honor and live with an open heart center with full awareness of your oneness with Spirit ... you must first put into practice love for yourself.
Have you let yourself down? Do you reject aspects of who you are? Do you hide behind a mask fearful of revealing your authenticity? Let yourself see the truth, feel if that's correct. Then, do whatever you can to begin to fully learn to experience love for yourself exactly where you're at right now.
Learn to value how you show up and the way you deal with things. Love your one of a kind way of stretching, expanding and evolving as a spiritual being having a human experience. Love where you've been and what you've done. Forgive yourself if you made a lot of mistakes during the process of waking up. Even God can't change your past, but with Divine help you can create a better future. One that is filled with light and love for yourself and others.
Love your present moments. Love how you look, what you think and feel. Love every detail of the body temple you chose for this lifetime's adventures. Love the break lines in your heart and the radiance that flows forth from the river of wisdom that came to be because of the history around those cracks. Love your errors, and love all the good that you've delivered to the world. Love it all, beautiful soul. Love all of your sweet self.
Begin your day with this simple prayer for Divine Love:
Sit in your sacred space, focus gently upon your breathing. Breathing in and out fully and deeply several times to bring about a state of tranquility within your mind and body. Then, surround and protect yourself with the magical pink light of the universe. Place your hands across your heart center and begin to feel the energy held within. Visualize this radiant rose-colored love filling up your entire being as you recite this blessing.
Dear God and Beloved Angels,
May love enter my life and fill my heart and soul. May the magic of love continually inspire me to radiate warmth and caring to myself and all those who touch my life.
Begin your daily meditation practice by taking a moment to relax and BREATHE. Breathing in through your nose and breathing out through your mouth. Giggle. Give yourself a HUGE hug. Say: “I welcome a wonderful life.” Smile. Breathing in say: “I know that I deserve a wonderful life.” Breathe. Say: “I willingly accept the highest and the best in my life.”
Now, gently close your eyes and shift your attention to your chosen word for the day, using it as a mantra, repeatedly saying it to yourself out loud for as long as feel intuitively guided. Then, allow yourself to flow into the silence for a few minutes as this word works its way down into depths of your being.
Do this exercise for 21 days and feel your heart lighten. As you consciously release and let go of hurt, pain, negativity, and suffering, by focusing your meditation time on one of the above characteristics of the soul, you allow your heart to melt into the flow of Divine Love that is your birthright.
Place your hands upon your heart center and concentrate on your breathing for a few moments, quietly inhaling and exhaling through the heart. Once you feel deeply relaxed, speak these words aloud:
"I open my heart wide to receive the love of God. As I receive God's love as universal supply, all of my affairs are healed. I realize and accept the healing power of the Universe as love, and I allow the healing power that is love to penetrate my life. I readily accept the healing power of love in my life and I know that as love, God is my limitless and abundant supply made manifest. I feel the outpouring of God's love in my body, mind, emotions, and spirit. I sense God's love in all of my affairs, and I know all is well." ~ Author Unknown
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Michelle Mullady is an internationally known spiritual life coach, best-selling motivational/inspirational author, master energy therapist, angel intuitive and transformational healing workshop leader. Through in-person and online consultations, workshops, events, radio appearances, and writing for 20 years, she helps others reclaim their physical energy and personal joy and find their life’s direction. She lives in San Antonio, Texas where she operates her thriving private practice, Intuitive Living, dedicated to the highest healing and awakenings possible for each individual client.