Does anyone else tend to feel bad for having â€œme timeâ€? Have you ever been getting your nails done and thought, â€œwhy am I spending money on this when I could be donating it to charityâ€? I know there is always part of me that feels guilty for pampering myself, but I work hard and I need to start feeling more comfortable with taking care of myself, as should you.
Icons in Your Life
I know many people who have religious alters in the their homes. I like to have Jesus around looking down on me, especially when I think one of the girls on the third floor of my complex is possessed, but thatâ€™s a story for another day. What is it about having icons around that make us feel good? Religiously, it fills us with a sense of security when we feel that the spirit is with us, in our homes, keeping us safe, but what about other icons and altars? Ones that are solely based on good vibes, mojo, juju or whatever you want to call it. How can we surround ourselves with icons that we connect with on a higher level?
Color Me Happy
If youâ€™ve ever taken a basic psychology class, one of the chapters always covers colors and how the mind perceives them. I remember sitting in this class in college and discussing why we connect with some colors, what feelings certain colors evoke, and why some people have an opposite reaction to them. I, myself, was completely adverse to warm colors. Yellow, Orange, and Red? Please get me out of this room! They made me anxious and uncomfortable. But when you think about those colors, they are normally associated with sunshine, happiness, love… It was good to learn though, that I wasnâ€™t the only person who had the opposite reaction to these colors.
Ground Yourself in Nature
Personally, the best therapy for me has been nature. Iâ€™ve done the whole â€œcouch timeâ€ thing and while it helped me through a really dark time, now there is nothing that helps me ground myself more than stepping outside. Hiking not only helped me lose the majority of my weight, it allowed me to distress, think, and ground myself. Using nature as a grounding element is a form of meditation. You donâ€™t have to be still but itâ€™s best to be quiet. Listen to what is happening around you and listen to what is happening in your head and in your heart. LISTEN. That is what itâ€™s all about. The vibrations of the universe will ease your soul. If you have anxiety, instead of curling in a ball, take your shoes off and go stand in the grass. If you live by water, put your bare feet in earthâ€™s natural water. Your life, like the ocean, has high tides and low tides. Nature has such amazing healing properties if you open yourself up to them.
I believe in many things. I believe in God, nature, the universe, and energy forces… I believe that nothing is random and that everything and everyone is connected. You donâ€™t have to be religious to believe in something greater than you and me. Having a belief and a higher understanding of the world around me has helped me live life more fully. Feel a connection between you and the world around you. Believe in good karma and positive energy and your life will be more balanced and abundant. The Secret tells us, â€œIf you knew how powerful your mind was, youâ€™d never think another negative thought.â€ Open yourself up to the possibilities the world has to offer. Believe in something greater.
If you donâ€™t need it, get rid of it. If it doesnâ€™t serve you, let it go. This is easier said than done, but itâ€™s also vital in living a balanced life. I believe that things that donâ€™t serve you build up into negative energy over time. This goes for things and people. Thereâ€™s a reason you feel good after youâ€™ve cleaned up clutter… itâ€™s a form of cleansing. Itâ€™s also a good practice to sit down and thing of how to purge every so often. Are you building up a lot of â€œthingsâ€ that you donâ€™t necessarily need? Are you not putting your belongings away? Do you have people in your life that donâ€™t make you feel good?