I've just returned from spending the weekend at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA, where I had the pleasure of teaching with Dr. Joan Borysenko, author of several books including her most recent, "Saying Yes to Change," and Dr. Jonathan Ellerby, author of the new book, "Return to the Sacred." We held four gatherings throughout the weekend that focused on self care and spiritual well-being.
"Your sensitivity is your greatest gift. Protect it."
Last night I went to see a movie with a group of friends. I'd heard wonderful things about the story from people whose opinion I respect, and I was so looking forward to enjoying the film. However, within twenty minutes of watching, I made a decision to leave the theater.
Before March rolls around and I start receiving calls for interviews from magazines working on spring stories related to sticking with New Year's resolutions, I thought I'd offer you a little shot of inspiration early this year. It's from a story I shared in 2007 that spawned a great list of ways to stay motivated.
I can't believe we're starting a whole new year of fun in our Life Makeover Community. This year is dedicated to your Extreme Self Care and I'll be challenging you to raise the bar on how you make choices, how you interact with others, and how you honor your precious time and energy. It won't be easy, but it will be worth your while - I can promise you that.
I don't know about you, but I'm happy to say goodbye to 2008. Although it's been a year of tremendous growth and positive change, I'm ready for a fresh, new beginning where I can deepen my practice of extreme self care and establish a renewed sense of optimisim and hope for our collective future.
Every book I write presents me with a challenging and unexpected opportunity to practice what I teach. By now I've learned that I should always count on something happening that will force me to engage in an intensive study on the subject of each chapter. What you're now reading was no exception.
"When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor." -- Norman Vincent Peale