Looking ahead to 2017, and I couldn’t be more excited.
I have dreams, goals, ‘resolutions’ like the rest of you, some big, some small (which I will share in another post!) …But they aren’t just for the year ahead, or the next five, ten years. They are for right now. For everyday. I’m not going to list all of them right now, as the thoughts below lay the foundation for everything. I believe that when you are centered, whole and balanced you can achieve anything you put your mind to. A little too optimistic? Yup! But I choose to be this way, and will always see the good in things.
Finding yourself and making peace with who you are is the way to feel most confident. You just start to know yourself better, your strengths and weaknesses, and confidence comes from being comfortable with that. I am not perfect, and neither are you. When we accept this, life gets a whole lot easier.
A few of my thoughts for the hours, days, months, years ahead / / You are going to be bright 2017 and full of magic.
The power of forgiveness is very important. We’re all humans and we all make mistakes— even little things like looking at someone the wrong way, or snapping at someone. We are only human , and again not perfect. But forgiving yourself and asking for forgiveness from the person creates an energy shift. It’s another thing I pray for —‘Please forgive me if I have said anything to anyone that has hurt someone. Please allow them to forgive me and allow me to forgive myself.’ Even those that we find challenging to be around are sometimes the people that need the prayers/thoughts the most. If you’ve had an intense conversation with someone, a good thing to do would be to say to them, ‘I forgive you, and please forgive me.’ We all say things sometimes to hurt people, so it’s important to forgive and have peace with others and forgive and be at peace with yourself.
POWER OF YOUR MIND
People don’t even realize the power the mind has over the body in the way you perceive things. Change your thoughts, change your reality. Words are powerful—every thought and every word we think has an effect on the body. So you can be like, ‘Ugh, I can’t believe it’s raining outside,’ or you can be like, ‘We really needed that rain, it’s going to be so much clearer and brighter tomorrow.’ It’s not about being delusional (or crazy happy all the time), but just changing your perspective and understanding that there is a positive and a negative to every situation.
HEALTH IS WEALTH.
Everything you put into your body creates who you are. Every cell is composed off the foods/drinks you choose to consume. Again, I’m not a purist as I do believe life is about balance. I choose to eat organic, whenever and wherever I can, and will not consume junk or processed food. I do still use some non-natural beauty products (mascara) and eat some non-organic foods (hello $4 organic cucumbers, I’m talking to you). Simply, you are what you eat, and there are certain things I will not budge on ( canned, processed, HFCS laden food) or GMO injected foods. But yes I will enjoy dark chocolate, organic popcorn, will eat yummy home baked goods and dance until 2am. Because life also must include fun for one to be healthy and happy in body, mind and spirit. Maybe my ‘fun’ will be different from someone else’s, but it works for me.
CHOOSE YOUR EMOTIONS
David Hawkins was a philosopher that developed a map of the levels of human consciousness called the Scale of Consciousness. At the bottom he has ‘guilt,’ which has a vibration of around 30, meaning it’s the worst kind of feeling. Apathy, grief, fear, and even desire, anger, and pride are below the level of integrity. Above that—and this is where people become better versions of themselves— you’ve got courage, neutrality, willingness, acceptance, reason, love, which is at 500, joy, and then peace and enlightenment. In his book, Power vs. Force, (which I’ve read parts of! When I borrowed it from a friend!) he talks about disease, which is dis-ease — not being comfortable — and happens in the lower states of mind. Being human you can’t escape these emotions, but what he says is when you feel anger or guilt or fear or whatnot, let yourself ride that emotion, not dwell in it. Ride it, feel it out, and then choose something else— because you have a choice.
GOING OFF MY PREVIOUS POINT . . .
You don’t have to be 100% strict with yourself. It’s about balance, being kind to yourself, and knowing what works, but not feeling like you have to do everything. For me, it’s 90% health-conscious and 10% indulgence. I try to avoid saying ‘always’ and ‘never,’ because we’re human beings, and it’s not always possible. But to be educated and aware of what you’re doing before you do it, is the key to happiness.
It seems so simple, but is often the hardest thing to do. We hold on to thoughts, emotions, jobs, relationships, homes, even people even when they aren’t serving us. We’re creatures of habit, so letting something or someone go will change things, it will shift things, and we don’t like to be uncomfortable and out of our comfort zone. It’s easier to sit in something that is negative, than it is to make a change! How crazy is that. I know too many people who are unhappy in their job, relationships, and life in general, but they can’t seem to break free, fear is paralyzing. I know this first hand. This won’t happen overnight, and I do believe it’s a daily practice. I’m letting go all the time! Emotions, thoughts, situations that aren’t serving me any longer, because I’m making the choice too. It’s not always easy, and sometimes it is…
NOT BEING AFRAID TO DREAM BIG
HA! I know this sounds silly (but very honest), that often times I stop myself from dreaming super big. As crazy as it sounds, I fear being successful or achieving great things. I can’t do that (write a book!), or go there (take a dream vacation), or afford that (insert many things). I don’t know where it comes from, but it’s something innate. I always think that I’m so lucky just as I am, and have so much abundance in my life, when others don’t have a roof over their head, or food to eat, and here I am dreaming big. I do know it’s simply a switch in the way that I look at is, as I do not look at success as financial, not in the slightest. I see it as doing the things you are most passionate about for a living, and helping others. Further, the harder I work to live my dream life, the more I can help others, and on a much larger scale.
I will leave you with these 2 things:
My mantra for the New Year
- ‘Please illuminate me. Please open my heart chakra. Open my aperture and uplift my consciousness so that I can be the best version of myself.’
2) Comparison is the thief of Joy. Our world is flooded with millions of images, and social media has robbed us of giving our presence, time and even sleep (!) I want to encourage you to take a step back and just be YOU. Spend time with yourself, and create the life that you want, and believe that you can create and achieve it. You are worthy enough to live your dream life. Of course we will always be met with obstacles, and things aren’t always rosy, but we do have the power of choice, and for that we are eternally lucky.
Happy New Year Beautiful Souls! Wishing you nothing but the absolute best for the year ahead. I’m working on so many wonderful things for 2017, in which I truly hope to expand my reach, and help as many people as I can. One step, one person, one smile at a time…