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First of all, one thing that I learned when I was reading A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle its that your main purpose in life is to be yourself and live your life. Pure and simple. I know this isn’t always easy to wrap your head around cuz it doesn’t feel like you can just be yourself and that would be enough but this is truly your primary life purpose and learning to love yourself and love your life will just make the most difference. But if you mean your life purpose as in what your dharma is ...
When considering your Dharma in this life… Know that we all have a purpose in life, our own special gift, a unique talent to share with others. It's the sharing of this gift with others that ignites the fire in the soul and lights up the spirit. - The Numinous
Or, what it is you were put on this earth to do, what will feed your soul and fulfill you, here is a couple journaling prompts that might help you figure it out.
A twist on the someday/today list (borrowed from Minimalists, introduced to me by Jocelynne Flor on Instagram)
In my case, in the first column title SOMEDAY, I wrote down all the things I wished to accomplish and have in my life. For example, I wrote “have a loving family; give love to the world; inspire young souls; help people in need; stand up for what I believe in; be the change I wish to see in the world; make others smile; save a life, etc.
In the second column, TODAY, I wrote down one way I am already doing this thing or having this thing or working towards it. For instance, for inspiring young souls I wrote that I make youtube videos; for stand up for what I believe in I wrote that I make conscious choices about who I want to be, etc.
Then I decided to take this prompt even further and on the following page, I started creating mind maps around the main someday items on my list. around the main “purpose” that I wrote in the list, I wanted to list all the actions I could take to do or have what I wanted. I realized that some of these items were parts of other larger items.
Around the purpose “give love to the world”, I wrote live without judgement (which was one of the items in my someday list), help people in need (also on my someday list), celebrate differences, stand up with the marginalized, do what I love, show love, respect and compassion, raise kind children, and left space for other actions.
Around be the change I wish to see in the world, I wrote be love, be vegan, be low-impact, be kind, be non-judgemental, be spiritual, be healthy, be happy, be successful, be in love, live mindfully, live intentionally, life minimally, love myself, be gentle.
Around save a life, I wrote share my story, rescue a dog, donate my organs, donate blood, adopt a child, foster. It doesn’t mean I will get around to do all of those things or that I will be able to be all those things all of the time but it gives me a clear idea of the actionable steps I can take to be more and do more of what fulfills me.
I hope you enjoyed!
Watch my video on the subject: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQP365n4Jvk
So today I'm sharing with you what I have learned while reading Gary Chapman's The Five Love Languages book for my Year of Happy series!
The book starts by explaining how everyone has a love tank and what determine whether your love tank is full or empty is the perceived amount of love you are given, especially by your significant other. It also explains the difference between the "in-love" experience we go through at the beginning of a relationship where everything is perfect and all is good and when reality settles in, you face obstacles and the daily routine sets in and real love can begin. According to Mr. Chapman, real love is a choice, we must decide to show love to our significant other, or their love tank will become empty. And for them to perceive the love you are giving them, you must communicate in their love language which may very well be different from yours. You must both learn to speak each other's love language for your relationship to flourish.
Here are the 5 love languages introduced by the author :
#1 Words of Affirmation Verbal compliments, words of appreciation, encouragement, using kind words rather than nagging or sarcasm, forgiving...
#2 Quality Time Giving your undivided attention to the other, finding activities you are both enjoying, having quality conversations, self-revelation...
#3 Receiving Gifts Physical, visual symbols of love, thought rather than cost matters, gift of presence/self...
#4 Acts of Service Doing what the other wishes you to do, avoiding criticism and demands as those lead to resentment, request by love rather than manipulate by guilt or coerce by fear...
#5 Physical Touch Holding hands, kissing, hugging, having sex, etc...
In the book, you can find an extensive test that both you and your partner and yourself may take to figure out your primary love language, but you can also most likely figure it out by...
Find out your love language here : http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/
Watch my video on this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=i783Hr2a4cw
Hey everyone! I am back today with another video for my Year of Happy series and today I want to address the topics of self-love and body image in a new Heart to Heart Talk video! Before we get started, I want to say that I am by no means considering myself to be a self-love guru or anything but I did make significant progress in my self-love journey and I am hoping to share that with you all today along with introducing you to a few people who made a big difference for me! Enjoy!
1) Accept yourself
The first step of my self-love journey was probably accepting myself the way I was. I spent most of my childhood and adolescence trying to be like everyone else, trying to change myself. So the day that I discovered that it was ok to be who I was and that shouldn't be ashamed of that and shouldn't try to hide that, I took a giant step towards self-love.
2) Forgive yourself
Through the years of trying to be like everyone else, I made a lot of bad decisions and wrong choices, so once I realized that, I was really upset with myself. But then, I realized that without making those mistakes I wouldn't be who I was today, and where I was, that these mistakes had taken me where I needed to be and I needed to stop regretting and resenting myself for them and just forgive myself and move on.
3) Believe in yourself
I grew up in a family where dreams were out of reach and there wasn't much hope for the future. So a big step towards self-love for me was recognizing the beauty of my dreams and allowing myself to believe that I could reach them!
4) Know that what matters is how your body feels
So recently I gained a bit of weight, and Tim and I had a vacation planned to Cuba for reading week. I felt really self-conscious and uncomfortable to the point where I wanted to simply cancel the vacation to avoid having to be in a bikini with the extra weight on. Then, I started to realize how ridiculous it was for me to pass on such a nice and well-deserved vacation because of the way I looked. I am not saying I'm 100% ok with my body, but I shouldn't let it ruin my vacation you know... I also underwent a major mindset shift where I started seeing my body more for what it could do than for what it looked like. By what it can do, I mean lifting weights and running, and other mechanical stuff like this but also the wonderful processes that human bodies can do like thinking (neurons communicating) and digesting (creating and utilizing energy from organic material), etc. Our bodies are wonderful machines! P.S. Check out Kelly Um, she is a wonderful human so inspiring and so beautiful!
5) Surround yourself with people who can support you
As I mentioned earlier, my family wasn't exactly supportive of my ambitions, so the day I met like-minded people who saw the world the way I did and believe in what I could accomplished, it made me feel so much better. I had finally found a support system that could help me believe in my dreams. Surrounding yourself with people who can help you realize your true worth is a big help when struggling with self-love.
Anyways, that's what I had to share for today, I hope you enjoyed!!
Watch my video on this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpNj-8yNpp0