Me too! Looking for a movie, I came across Eat Pray Love and watched it for the second time. I saw it years ago before my Spiritual Awakening. At that time, what I knew about the movie was that she had gone on a journey of self-discovery. Not realizing that she was going through her own Spiritual Awakening because the movie focuses on her romantic life more than her journey of self-love that brings her peace. I may have to get the book…but my light bulb moment last night was recognizing this was the journey I had been on for six years without leaving my state.
I didn’t have to journey around the world. We don’t have to go anywhere. The journey begins and ends inside of us. What changes is how we perceive things, people and situations around us. It is an inner journey. Mine began with the loss of what I thought was my goal: teaching English.
We don’t have to go anywhere. The shift is within us. Not outside of us, where we are physically. Were we are spiritually and emotionally is the starting point of the journey. Depressed, lonely, living in fear and recognizing that we want more from our lives. Getting right with ourselves. Loving who we are and the gifts we have. Allowing ourselves to take time to heal and learn the things that bring inner peace. Letting the fear fall away as we love ourselves and connect with Source and our Higher Selves. Listening, receiving and acting on the inspiration on our soul that brings us joy.
Letting of of others’ expectations and setting boundaries with people for what we want in our lives is not a crime. Allowing yourself to take the time to put your energy in activities, people and causes that bring you happiness and peace are essential for well-being.
Let me say that again, “You get to do and have what you want.” Give yourself permission to say, “No.” You do not have to give of yourself every time you are asked or made to feel like you ‘should.’ Only give from your heart and receive heart centered offerings as you move forward from your new perspective.
Change takes time. And this is a journey with no true destination. Letting go of criticizing, judgement and fear of failure based on others’ standards will release you. We are all moving toward happiness. Being and doing from the expectation of having what we want in our lives from a heart-centered space will bring joy, happiness and inner-peace.
- Living in the Now. Taking each moment for what it is. Letting go of worry or expectation that things are other than what they are ‘right now.’
- Having gratitude. Being grateful for each thing, person, or situation you have that is helping or teaching you.
- Praying. Asking God, All That Is, Source, Goddess, your higher self for what you need.
- Meditating. Getting quiet and center yourself to receive the feeling, knowingness, inspiration that is being given to you.
- Forgiveness. Letting go of the idea that a past situation could be other than what it is. Accept and let go for yourself and everyone else.
Self-love is not something we are ever taught, but without it we cannot love another in a healthy or productive way. Love yourself!