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5 of the Best Self-Care Practices for Real Change

Deep Self-Care

Do you associate self-care with physical activities like a restorative nap, a soothing bath, or time in nature?  Maybe, to you, self-care means buying something nice for yourself, or pulling out a coloring book to reduce stress.

Physical self-care is important, indeed.  If you’ve established a healthy body care routine, you rock. It takes self-love, self respect, and determination to successfully do this.

But sometimes, physical self-care can be like a band-aid that falls off after a few days, before your wound is healed, if you never take the time to look deeply within. It doesn’t necessarily reverse unhealthy beliefs, debilitating thoughts, and disabling emotions.  In fact, your healthy routine might even fall away when you inner dictator gets the best of you.

A complete approach to self-care needs to include ways to heal your wounds, support a budding sense of positive self-esteem, and encourage you to express your own voice.

I call this deep self-care.

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Just the Best: How to Stress Less, Under-Calendar, Face Your Cravings & More

I don’t know everything that’s happening astrologically (could it be the 5 planets in or near retrograde?), but I feel like a wave of intensity hit me at the start of April and has hardly stopped for a second.

Has it been that way for you too?  If so, you’re not alone.  At least, I’m with you.

Whatever’s happening, I trust we can see this through and be all the better for it, if we commit to caring for ourselves, authenticity, and courage, even if we’re only able to take the tiniest of steps.

With this in mind, I’ve included articles on how to turn down the volume on stress, simplify your life, and fortify yourself in this edition of my favorite self-improvement and personal development articles.  Here’s to building our resilience, staying aligned with our truth, and expanding our compassionate presence.

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How to Let Go of Your Stories & Be Happy Again

Self-Responsibility | Self-Empowerment | Intentional Living

If you want to let go of your stories, all those unhappy thought patterns and emotional quirks that permeate every part of your life, ones that are based on false beliefs about yourself, you must decide with complete conviction on these two things:

  • Your thoughts create your experience of the world.
  • You have the power to change your thoughts.

Complete conviction won’t come immediately, it’s something you’ll need to develop over time.  But you can, in an instant, make a commitment to align with these truths as best you can.

Your Thoughts Create Your Experience of the World

Let’s look at what these two phrases mean.

First, when I say your thoughts create your experience of the world, I’m not speaking about the Law of Attraction, which I don’t subscribe to.  Here’s why:

4 Reasons I Don’t Believe In the Law of Attraction.

What I mean is that our ordinary mind filters everything it perceives outwardly and inwardly so you rarely, if ever, see things as they truly are.  You simply see things as you believe them to be, based on your habits, beliefs, and conditioning.

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Are You Ready to Live a Heart-Centered Life?

Heart-Centered Life

The popular phrase “heart-centered” contains at least two distinct meanings.

It can mean electing love and compassion as the guiding principles of your life.  Or it can mean living in alignment with your “true” self – your values, your calling, your experiential wisdom, your intelligence, intuition, and instinct, and the messages you receive from your body.

Both forces can comfortably abide within the same person, but that doesn’t mean they always do.  Being true to yourself doesn’t automatically encompass living from love and compassion. It can simply be a narrow focus on the self and an attempt to secure your own good life.

At the same time, as we begin to uncover our true self, often a sense of love and compassion naturally arises for others.  When we see how we’re bound up in all sorts of false ideas about our self, ones that consistently cause us to hurt, we can’t help but realize it’s the same for others as well.  We’ll naturally want freedom from this insanity for others as much as for our self.

In this piece, I’m using “heart-centered” to mean being true to yourself. 

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The Best Always Well Within Posts 2016 & What’s Ahead

Banana Plant | Big Island, Hawaii

What a year!  On a purely physical level, I felt challenged.  At the same time, it’s been a year of deep healing in the realms of emotion, mind, and spirit. I enjoyed periods of sweet bliss too.

And, like you may have experienced as well, I grappled with the undercurrent of tension and periodic shock waves that come with living in rocky and uncertain times.

Here are some personal highlights from my year:

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Set Your Goals & Create Your Shining Year 2017

Create Your Shining Life 2017 Planners

It’s getting close to the time of the year when goal setting, planners, and diaries come to the forefront of our minds, isn’t it?

When it comes to goal setting, as you’ll see from the numbers below, it’s easy to let the process slide or write down your goals and never look at them again.  I tend to be a little lose when it comes to the things of this world myself.  I know I need to gather my yearly goals in one place, where I can easily revisit them to remember, re-inspire myself, and review my progress.

I especially enjoy using the Create Your Shining Year Workbooks {partner link} for this purpose. The workbooks are artsy, colorful, and fun.  But, equally important, they ask all the right questions so you can take your business or your life or both to the next level.

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