Archive for November, 2011

Staying true to your path during the holidays

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The holidays can test your ability to stay true to yourself, especially around family and old friends who may have perceptions of you that are no longer true—or never accurately reflected who you are at your core. Remember that everyone’s perception of you is colored by their own lens. The only person who really knows who you are and what you deeply value and desire is you.

When you listen to your inner guidance with the support of Spirit and nature, you strengthen your conviction to express the deepest and most authentic parts of yourself.

This week, give yourself the gift of …

  • Discerning what you care about at a heartfelt level. Speak with others from a place of your values, not just your opinions. You’ll find it easier to connect honestly with others, and to respect yourself even if people close to you disapprove or disagree.
  • Stepping into your own power. Before visiting with family or friends through the holidays, take a few minutes in solitude to offer thanks to yourself and those in your life who have helped you become who you are today. Visualize a ball of light in your abdomen and see it expanding and spreading throughout your body. Know that this light—the essence of who you are—is stronger than any external expectations.
  • Listening to your inner voice even when you’re in conversation with others. If you start to say something that doesn’t reflect who you are, pay attention to the voice within and let it guide you. Know that your honest expression is your gift to the world.
  • Releasing any expectations. Take a few minutes to journal about the expectations you hold for yourself and the holidays. Ask yourself, “What’s true? What matters? What parts of these expectations can I let go of?”

 

 

 

Giving thanks…to yourself!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

This week, we encourage you to start off the holiday season by giving to yourself what you give to others: gratitude. In countless and immeasurable ways, your inner light makes a difference in this world. And your simple acts of courage and kindness are unique expressions of your deepest self.

Acts of courage can look a lot of different ways. For instance, when challenged to do something outside her comfort zone, Nancy decided to call her estranged sister, who lives in another state. The two hadn’t spoken for several months, so Nancy set herself up for success.

With an intention to limit the phone call to about 15 minutes, she called in the middle of the day, when she could gracefully use work as an excuse to end the conversation. Also, she was realistic in her expectations; her desire was to establish a connection, not to completely heal the relationship.

The phone call went reasonably well, and Nancy ended the conversation not only a step closer to her sister, but aware that she can do more than she might have thought before. And she also had another big reason to thank herself…for expressing herself with love.

This week, take a few minutes each day to think of the ways you’ve been courageous enough to be yourself…and to consider new ways of extending yourself to others. It will make the holiday extra meaningful as you put yourself in the equation of gratitude.