Happy Independence Day! Celebrate your freedom, your life by embracing YOU and understanding what makes you tick. You are your best advocate and your worst critic, so get in touch with who you are and tap into your inner voice. Be kinder to you.
We are so hard on ourself with mantras like; ‘shouldn’t’, ‘need to’, “quilt’ and poor body image. We tend to focus on what is wrong vs what is right. We are constantly living in the past or future, forgetting to be present in the here and now, enjoying the moments and the accomplishments. I subscribe to Lissa Rankin, MD’s “Daily Flame” which is a daily brief email from “your inner pilot light”. You too can receive it atwww.lisarankin.com. A recent Flame struck a cord. “When your marker of ‘success’ requires certain series of achievements, it’s easy to get caught up in the game of constant winning. But when does it end? When are you satisfied? When do you take a moment to be grateful and celebrate your life and achievements?” Let today be enough, let who you are in the here and now be enough and each day start fresh and new. Understand who you are, how your past shaped you and what your goals and aspirations are, but enjoy the process, the moment of NOW. Be grateful for each day, each accomplishment and each opportunity for growth and love and spiritual awakening.
A few ways to understand you and what makes you tick:
1) Understand your Archtype, as Caroline Myss likes to reference. Go to www.Archtypeme.com to take a quiz and discover yours.
2) Understand your Dosha, which is your bodily humor that makes up your constitution according to Ayurveda. to take a quiz, go towww.doshaguru.com/doshaquiz.
3) Understand your love language. An article in “Prevention“, July 2013 discussed this and the importance of understanding what your love language and your partner’s is. It can be several languages, but one is primary.
words of affirmation
acts of service
My friend, Ruth, send me an awesome article on the power of Self Compassion. a Harvard psychologist, Christopher Germer, wrote a book called, ‘Mindful Path to Self Compassion”. In it he discusses 5 ways to bring self compassion into our lives: through physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and relational pathways.
Comfort your body. Eatt healthy, rest, self care, walk.
Write a letter to self. Describe a situation that caused pain or blame. Acknowledge feelings.
Give yourself encouragement. Be positive to self vs critical.
Practice Mindfulness. Be aware of self, non judgmental, observing of thought s and feelings and actions.
Do not be afraid to look in the mirror and shift, change and move forward. Life is constantly presenting us opportunities for self reflection, be it people we react to that are mirroring things back to us, situations that bring discomfort or avoidance. Do not be afraid to acknowledge the things that make you you, warts and all. They are what make us US- important spiritual beings in this universe. SO, celebrate YOU- ALL of you. Happy Summer! Happy Independence!
My Dad’s Flag flying off stern of his boat, ‘Priority’ by Eric Tolo