It’s easy to feel that the things you want are always just ahead of you, not in your life now. And yet – you likely have and do things that your past self wished for. While gratitude practices are in vogue right now for a good reason – appreciating what you have has been proven to lead to a feeling of greater happiness – they also help you ENJOY the small, simple, sensual pleasures of everyday life by keeping your focus on what you have now rather than gazing ahead at what you don’t. Let this list inspire you towards appreciation of a tiny detail of your life today that brings you joy.
It’s easy to get caught in the trap of planning and research and never actually go for your dreams. This video and article with Derek Halpern both offer a wealth of inspiration and tips to stop planning and start taking action. I invite you to check this out and then take a step towards just one of the items on this list today!
One of my favorite reads from Psychology Today is this article that parses out the psychological differences between fashion and style – or “self-knowledge and self-confidence expressed through what you choose to wear, a life-affirming expression of your character and spirit.” Far from frivolous, style can be a powerful expression and affirmation of your self-identity. Put yourself out there a little more than usual today, and make a strong choice in your style, creating an outward expression of your spirit.
I talk with women every day who are torn between a desire to positively influence the world but reluctant to draw attention to themselves and their offerings for fear of appearing shallow (look at me = self centered) or worse a narcissist. As women, many of us struggle with promoting ourselves in a way that feels comfortable. This article offers some solid tips on authentically inviting others to take notice of your accomplishments.
Vicki Noble created the Motherpeace Tarot Deck in the 1970s which became a popular tool of divination for thousands of women (including myself). It’s been four decades and a whole lot of shifting in popular culture for this feminist deck of earth-based magic to adorn the high fashion runway on Dior-made clothing. A true sign of the times: the inner lives of women as acts of beauty, power, and magic in the world. Read More
What does it mean to access your higher self? To tap into the world mind and create fresh vision that moves your life forward? Jean Houston, the originator of the human potential movement, offers an essential guide to the wondrous and tragic,dimensions of the human psyche in her book The Possible Human.
No matter what your spiritual beliefs are, consider that there might be a higher self, or simply another part of you that exists in your subconscious mind that knows the way. A part of you that believes in you, fully accepts you, and is your greatest fan. I invite you to set aside 10 minutes today to sit in silence. You can meditate if you wish, or simply sit and allow your mind and body to be still. Out of this stillness, ask your Higher Self, that wise subconscious mind, if she has a message for you.
The medicinal benefits of meditation and yoga are now firmly established in scientific literature. From reports released by major hospitals to peer-reviewed articles from major institutes, we can now confidently say that regular practice of meditation and yoga, which are grouped into a category (in medical terms) called ‘relaxation-response techniques,’ directly affects physiologic factors such as heart rate, blood pressure, stress, anxiety, oxygen consumption, and more. Read More
Eu Maior (Higher Self) is a Brazilian feature-length documentary presenting a fresh look at self-knowledge and the pursuit of happiness. The filmmakers interviewed thirty individuals with distinct backgrounds, including spiritual leaders, intellectuals, artists and professional athletes. The images are captivating and the dialog penetrating. It’s worth a deep look. You can view it at no charge here on Vimeo.