This week’s class:
Get The Right Fuel
Be Bravely You
Unleash Your Inner Firestarter!!!
Get The Right Fuel
Firstly, to have positive self-regard, a strong sense of sense, you need to place yourself in a frame of mind you are able to think positively.
This is why being around the right people is important, spending time in places condusive to wellbeing, but also being conscious about what you are feeding yourself.
The element of fire is related to the solar plexus chakra, this is where we take our fuel and digest it. So making sure you are eating foods that nourish you and fueld your digestive fire is so important, especially at this time of year. Think about what’s it’s seasonal and what is going to warm you up, make sure of herbs and spices, and do some slow cooking to really maixmise favour and depth in foods.
Eat a Rainbow! Get plenty of colour on the plate. Diversity is key to sustaining your interest. This season is the ideal time to challenge yourself with some new recipes, get inspired, and use the darker nights to get creative in the kitchen.
Even if it’s just for you, try to think “how can I best nourish myself right now?”. It’s sends a strong message of postive regard for yourself, and remember, “when you love your body, it will love you right back”.
Take your time with your food, and refelct on how well you feel after eating certain things, how well you have digested, how satisfied you feel, and how long it takes before you get hungry again. Take a mimndful, curious approach to how you eat. There is no one-sits-fits-all way of eating, but rather a case of finding out what works for you.
You know when you are eating well when you have the following things in check:
Just notice how certain foods, times you eat, and how you eat affects how you feel. You will soon becoem self-aware enough to make good decisions for yourself, and this will make a huge difference to how you feel physically and emotionally.
Also think about what fuel you are putting into your mind. The brain is a very powerful computer, and it responds quite impressively to what you are feeding it, so make sure you’re feeding it the good stuff.
When you need a little extra motivation, and positive thinking, try listening to inspirational speakers, people that pique your interest, whether it’s in the car, or in the kitchen. Try to stay away from negative messages, news, gossip, violent films, and anything that saps your spirit.
I’m a huge fan of Wayne Dyer for this purpose, and this video below is ideal for the element of FIRE, and for the next section, which is about having the courage to be you!!
If you’ve got a little more time, I’d recommend his film “The Shift”, which is available for free on YouTube. Especially if you’re feeeling stuck, and in need of a restoring your faith in yourself and in life. This will also change the way you look at things, and it’s a really good watch too.
2. Be Bravely YOU!
You know you’re different to everyone else. Perhaps you’ve always felt different. That you didn’t fit in?
Well, guess what? We are all different! That’s what’ so blooming special about the world, the beautiful tapestry of diversity.
So often we try to hide who we are, because we don’t want to stand out in a crowd, we worry we may be judged…. yet this is our strength. It is our uniqueness that makes us so special, so why are we dulling our sparkle when we were meant to shine!
It’s a long process towards self-acceptance, but we can begin with baby steps.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I like to use a mind map for this exercise, rather than a list, and be creative about it, using colours, even photos.
With a blank sheet of paper or card, write your name in the middle in a circle, and around it write down all the qualities that you have that make you unique. If it’s negatively stated, try to re-frame it as a positive, seeing how it may also be a good thing.
For instance, many of us that are highly sensitive often see this as a negative trait, but it’s actually our superpower – it allows us to be emapthetic, but also highly tuned to what’s going on around us, and we pick up on things that others may have missed.
Don’t stop until you have filled the page and feel pleased with it. Put it on the mirror or somewhere you will see it everyday, and even the words to form affirmations.
For me, when I need a bit more fire in my belly, I remind myself I am a warrior!!! Honestly, it helps.
This playlist I put together on Spotify, was also useful when I needed to be courageous, and I needed to fuel that fire with some long walks with music! The words when sung outloud are affirmations in themselves, and the music helps you get moving, which helps shift the stuck energy too!
3. Unleash Your Inner Fire-Starter!
“She’s on fire!”
Have you ever noticed how someone starts to really come alive, and glow from the inside out when they are embarking on a challenge?
I saw it in my friend Fiona the other day when I saw her for the first time after she returned from climbing Kilimanjaro. I saw it in a pair of newly coupled friends last night, whom had just realised they were meant to be together. I saw it in a friend talking about her kinesiology studies, which, as a single mother, had been challenging to make happen.
It’s heart-warming to see, it’s that feeling when all the planets seem to have aligned at last, and that’s it, you’re on track.
There’s a reason for that and it’s called “dharma”,
I first learned about “dharma” from Deepak Chopra in his book “The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success”.
Here’s what he has to say about it:
The Law of Dharma or Purpose in Life
Everyone has a purpose in life . . . a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal.
I will put the Law of Dharma into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:
1. Today I will lovingly nurture the god or goddess in embryo that lies deep within my soul. I will pay attention to the spirit within me that animates both my body and my mind. I will awaken myself to this deep stillness within my heart. I will carry the consciousness of timeless, eternal Being in the midst of time-bound experience.
2. I will make a list of my unique talents. Then I will list all the things that I love to do while expressing my unique talents. When I express my unique talents and use them in the service of humanity, I lose track of time and create abundance in my life as well as in the lives of others.
3. I will ask myself daily, “How can I serve?” and “How can I help?” The answers to these questions will allow me to help and serve my fellow human beings with love.
Finding your dharma can take a lifetime, but these questions will help you set your short term intentions, which will move you closer towards your dharma.
You may also find it useful to sit in quiet meditations whilst you consider the answers to these questions, perhaps in front of a fire, or using some instrumental music to enhance the process.
Or try this….. it really does seem to work!!!
Now go on baby, light your fire!!!