Have you ever wished that life wasn't so difficult? Or imagined how easy it would be if you had more money, a different job or a better body?
I have. Many times.
When I was younger, I desperately wanted to lose weight. I daydreamed that if I had the perfect body, then my life would be perfect too.
Looking back, I'm deeply grateful for my health and weight challenges. Being overweight, along with having chronic asthma and eczema, created the necessary discomfort required to look beyond the conventional route, so that I could find my own path to healing.
Pain in your life always comes with an important message. It shows you there's a different way. Life is telling you that you are not yet living your full potential or being true to yourself.
So, if you're ready to live a fuller, more truly aligned life, here are 10 ways to get started:
1. Start with self-love.
Start with learning how to love who you are today, including your amazing body. From a place of self-love, it becomes so much easier to see what's serving you, as well as what is not.
2. Stop dieting.
Dieting, deprivation and guilt are all forms of punishment. Instead, focus on nourishing your heart and spirit. Do what you love, then spend your time doing more of that! Do you love writing, drawing or singing? Do you harbor a secret wish to go traveling? Do you love to get together with friends for coffee and cake? Whatever brings you real joy, focus your time and energy on those things.
3. Sincerely try to know yourself.
Spend time getting to know yourself. Ask yourself the bigger questions. What are my strengths? What are my passions? What do I love to do more than anything else in the world? How can I spend my time doing or being that? Real magic happens when you listen to your intuitive guidance.
4. Learn how to trust.
This includes trusting your intuition, other people and even life itself. The more that you can learn to trust in the Universe around you, the more you can relax and enjoy your life, knowing that everything is going to be OK in the end.
5. Say no.
Give yourself permission to say no to the obligations, expectations, shoulds and musts of others in your life, so that you can spend time doing the things that are important and really matter to you.
6. Say yes to yourself.
Say "yes" to the things that make you feel good. Embrace more peace and less stress in your life. Say yes to play and creative self-expression.
7. Get outside your comfort zone.
The more you go beyond what is comfortable, it's natural that fears and doubts will arise. Step into courage and be courageous. Tell yourself you can do it. And believe in your heart that you can do it. Because you can!
8. Be kind to yourself.
Speak kindly and encourage yourself, as if you were speaking to a small child. Use positive affirmations. Celebrate the little achievements in your day, and let yourself feel really proud of yourself. Aim for progress, not perfection.
9. Take baby steps.
Just for today, make one small change or improvement to your life. Repeat it until it becomes ingrained and feels natural and normal.
10. Start your healing journey.
Give yourself permission to do the things that are meaningful for you. Listen to your heart so that you can begin transforming your deepest pain into your own beautiful gift.
If you want to start your own healing journey, you can download for free the first chapter of my book here.