Two years ago I developed a morning ritual of writing one page of spontaneous affirmations in my journal as an uplifting way to start my day. I’d make myself a cup of tea, find a sunny spot in my home (whenever I could), and sit down and write what came to mind. I’ve learned over the years that it’s the feeling an affirmation gives you that fuels its expression in your life so, over time, I crafted a list of affirmations that made me feel hopeful, excited, and instantly inspired.
I’m just getting back (late last night) from a trip to Italy with Michael. It was our first real vacation since his illness and we had an amazing time. I need to digest the experience, so, while I do, I thought I’d share a little wisdom from our Facebook community. Before I left, I invited people to offer their favorite little treats – the simple things that make life enjoyable on a daily basis. We had lots of great ideas. Take a look at some of them and add something new to your daily repertoire this week!
I’ve just finished moderating a 6-week web retreat with Geneen Roth, author of Women Food and God. I accepted Geneen’s invitation because I loved her book, respect her as a teacher, and wanted to learn more about food as a doorway to a deeper relationship with myself. I’m so glad I did. The course was eye opening, mind shifting, and provocative in all the right ways. Here are just a few of the lessons I learned from the experience. I hope they speak to you.
This week, after taking some time off to spend with a friend visiting from London, I was reminded of something important: I need to stay focused on solutions rather than problems. One morning, after discussing the gulf oil disaster at length, I noticed that I felt exhausted and depressed for the remainder of the day. When I thought about it, I realized that this has been happening more and more as I’ve watched the story unfold.
This week’s newsletter is one I run every year around this time. It’s for students who are graduating (and for us adults who need a reminder about what really matters in life). I hope it inspires you to stand tall, express your talents boldly, or to take a big risk. Here are the seven lessons
This morning I visited our farmer’s market to get some fresh vegetables and to see what kinds of treasures the local artists were offering. I love this summer ritual and look forward to seeing familiar faces, hearing music from neighborhood bands, or learning about the new businesses that have joined our community. As I sat on a bench with my friend Nancy, eating a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie, I overheard a conversation between a mom, her daughter, and the mother’s mom.
I’ve just finished the “I Can Do It” conference here in Toronto and, before I go to bed, I wanted to share some of my notes with you from an extraordinary documentary that was shown at lunch today. The movie was called, Doors Opening, and it’s the story of the work Louise Hay did with men who were suffering with AIDS in the mid eighties. During a time when most people literally shunned these men, Louise welcomed them into her home and her heart, and taught them how to heal. The film is a moving example of the power of love – both self love and the selfless love of a woman committed to being of service. Here are several things Louise suggests we do in order to love ourselves more:
"Every thought you think and every word you say is an affirmation for your future." - Now think about. Really think about it. If each of us spent one entire day noticing our thoughts and words, chances are we'd be a little concerned about the future we're creating. For most people, negative thinking and talking is a way of life. But not anymore, thanks to Louise Hay.