Tag Archives: self-love

a metaphor for NO

15 Jul

I had a vision this morning.  Imagine a boundless ocean – cerulean…calm. I watched a woman slowly immerse. Her loose fitted white gown translucently reflecting the sea’s blue-green and mimicking her movements as she fought to swim to the top. I looked up, I could see her point-of-view.  Suddenly, I was she. The lights shining through the water’s surface diminished as the distance enlarged between us.  Tired of fighting, I paused. It was then I felt something heavy attached to my right ankle – it was weighing me down. I looked to see what it was. There were so many hands gripping me… so many people. (07.11.11 journal entry)

The meaning of the vision was clear and simple to understand. Watching the woman from a distance and then suddenly seeing it from a point-of-view perspective let me know that other women would be able to relate to what I saw.  Many of us have an inclination to nurture and get involved beyond what is healthy for us personally.  The hands gripping my ankles in the vision represent the people, projects and distractions in my life, and the fading lights were my own hopes and dreams slowly slipping away. Continue reading

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health…where to start?

27 May

healthy, happy and freesoul positively me opens the doors for many conversations surrounding spirituality, being positive, self-acceptance, love, being thankful, and life in general.  I wanted to take a moment to address our health and remind us all (because I think we already know) how important it is to take care of ourselves.

Yesterday I had an opportunity to spend time with an inspirational young lady (I’ll share more about her at a later date) who is heading up an effort supportive of women who are living with HIV/AIDS in the Denver area.  We started with a wonderful lunch consisting of several tasty salads, and I was reminded of the importance of my health.  We had rich conversation about healthy families, parenting, healthy self esteem and attitudes.  It is amazing how all of these tie together.  Healthy bodies included.

I have a tendency to start off strong, whether it be working out at the gym or eating healthier.  For one reason or another I end up only being able to testify about “the time when I…” Of course I have my strengths just like you, but I seriously want to eat healthier without falling off of the wagon.  My reason is clear.  I know my body is God’s temple.  Staying as healthy (mentally, physically and spiritually) as I can allows me to live a quality life, especially as it relates to the work I believe God has given me to do.  Yesterday’s luncheon inspired me. We must be healthy so we can support one another.

Am I the only one?

I believe many of you have something to share about health.  What has worked for you? What tips or resources can you tell us about? Do you have any healthy recipes?  How do you make time? What are your greatest challenges?

I hope you will share your thoughts.  We all have some answers. What are yours?

peace and continual blessings to each of you…

choices, what do they tell us?

6 May

Of course I can’t speak for you – I can only tell you what my choices have revealed to me about myself.

As I reflect on the choices I have made throughout my life, I can see how many times I have sold myself short, primarily because I didn’t see myself as God does. My choice of relationships was just one indicator (among many) of someone who didn’t see her own worth.

As I observed trends in my life, I decided my choices needed to shift. I understood that my lack of self worth was the lens I used to make many choices. I spent many years fighting to overcome the whole “I wish I was shorter, I wish I was taller, I wish I had straight hair, I wish mine was curly, etc., etc.,” syndrome that many women experience. I finally settled into my own skin.  I finally learned to love the skin I am in.

One of my favorite scriptures can be found in Psalms 139: 14 (KJV) I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well. I love this scripture because it reminds me of my value, not in comparison to other women or media images, but in relationship to the great care God took to create me … and you.

I am writing to you from my heart this morning. It is important to me that every woman and every young girl understands and acknowledges her “own” worth. We are all “fearfully and wonderfully made.” We all have something awesome to offer this world and valuing ourselves is one giant step towards living purpose filled lives.

As I move forward in life, I am determined to make choices that reflect my confidence in God, and myself.

What do your choices tell you about you?