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Indigo mandala with quote - "You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection" ~ Buddha

Do you lack confidence and worry about what others might be thinking of you?  Do you struggle with low self-esteem?  Do you believe that self-care is self-indulgent? Have you been putting your needs at the bottom of the priority list?  Do you then feel resentful later?  Be honest.

In actuality self-care is the first step towards self-respect and self-esteem.  And if you don’t respect yourself, well then, who else will? You’ve shown them how to treat you.

This week’s blog is all about the joy habit of respect and why it’s one of the key doorways for remembering your joy.

You see, when you honour your sacred self you begin to live more fully in the high vibration of joy energy.  And as I’ve said before, that’s where all the magic happens.

But where to start?  If you’ve never been taught how to nurture your spirit you’ve never really paid attention to the signs your body has been trying to tell you.  You’ve forgotten how to listen.

The back of a man looking over glassy waters and sunsetting sky

When you learn how to tune into your body, you begin to hear the messages not only from your physical self but from your emotional and mental bodies as well.

Before you begin though, it’s really important that you honour where you are right now.  Acknowledge that nothing is broken and that you’re good enough just the way you are.  Thank your body for being there for you.

Then make a commitment to listen when your body is sending you a message.  Promise to honour its wisdom and not ignore messages that are warning you of situations, people or things that will not serve your highest good. Trust the messages. Your soul doesn’t lie.

One of the best methods I’ve found to hear these messages more clearly is through slowing down and breathing.  Take your hand and place in over your heart.  Feel it beating.  Slow your breathing down. Now begin to ask your body what it needs.  With practice you’ll begin to trust its wisdom for matters of the heart, the body, and the spirit.

A great book to put in your self-care library is Deepak Chopra’s “What are you hungry for?”.  This was instrumental for me as I began my journey of weight loss, as it guided me towards a new way of looking at the extra 85lbs I had been carrying for years.

I’m also a big believer in making massage an important self-care habit.  I was blessed to have a great therapist for many years and my wellbeing was demonstratively improved because of Nicole.

And I love walking.  As an early riser, I walk for about 45 minutes every morning and often again in the late afternoon.  I don’t wear earbuds and listen to music. Instead I listen to my body and its breath. I tune in. It’s very meditative.

The legs of a woman in hiking boots standing on a log in a fall forest

A fantastic book I just started reading by neuroscientist Shane O’Mara is called “In Praise of Walking”, in which he explains how walking benefits not just the body, but the brain as well.  He goes into great detail about the science behind why walking improves your mood, your creativity, and your cognitive abilities. When I read about the benefit to my cognitive abilities, I really took notice. For people like me who are in their sixties, everything that we can do to stay sharp and prevent dementia is an essential self-care practice.

So my friend, please find time every day to love yourself.  It is the greatest gift of respect you can give yourself.

And until next month, keep your frequency high, your mind open, and your joy ever expanding!

Love from your Joy Mama,

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P.S.    If you haven’t already read my book Being Joy™, it’s a simple 40-day practice of replacing old self-defeating beliefs with new empowering joy habits. As your vibrational frequency increases, you’ll not only experience more joy, but you’ll also be a beacon of hope for others who have forgotten their own joy.  Please join me on this important Joy Revolution by ordering your copy today!

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