“When we truly care for ourselves, it becomes possible to care far more profoundly about other people. The more alert and sensitive we are to our own needs, the more loving and generous we can be toward others.” Eda LeShan
Most of us have been taught that it is more noble to give than to receive. While giving can be a wonderful, heart-warming experience, giving too much of our time and energy can be detrimental to both our physical and emotional health, leading to anxiety, overwhelm and burnout. Take this quiz to see if you are giving it all away.
I force myself to do things even when I don’t have the energy to do them.
I ignore my body’s “no” signals when I think someone’s needs are greater than mine.
I hate conflict, so I’ll do whatever it takes to avoid it, which often means doing something I don’t want to do.
I feel obligated to answer the phone when it rings even when I don’t want to.
The amount of time I spend listening to others far exceeds the amount of time that others listen to me.
If I don’t answer all the emails I receive I feel guilty.
In order to provide luxuries for my family I work more hours than I want to.
I schedule my work time around my clients’ needs rather than around my own.
I can’t say no when people in need ask me for money.
When I’m out to dinner with people who have less money than I do, I feel obligated to pick up the check.
I volunteer for my place of worship or other organizations even if I don’t have the time.
People won’t like me if I say no.
I’m the person everyone calls when they need help: a babysitter, chauffeur, or someone to fill in at work.
My children’s happiness comes before mine. I’ll do whatever it takes to make them happy.
I have a hard time saying no to my partner because I want him/her to be happy, even if saying yes makes me unhappy.
I feel selfish if I don’t share what I have with others.
If you answered true more often than false, you may want to find ways to create more balance in your life by getting clear on your values and priorities and learning more about boundary setting.
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WEEK ONE ~ AIR WEEK ~ Clearing Your Mental Body. Clearing Mental Blockages to Excellent Health In the first seven days of the program, you'll focus on clearing mental blockages and barriers that hinder your well-being. You'll also conduct a health assessment and an inner and outer clutter clearing. If you choose only one thing to do for your health, it should be to learn to breathe deeply and fully. During this week, simply focus on your breath. Fill your lungs as much as possible and then exhale as if you're releasing air from a balloon. Throughout this week focus your awareness and attention on the air that surrounds you. The Air element is also associated with inspiration, literally to inspire. This can take the form of what you read, what you think about, and even what you listen to.
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WEEK TWO ~ WATER WEEK ~ Clearing Your Emotional Body Water is a great metaphor for emotions and the many transformations possible; from ice to mist or raging river to clear mountain stream, this is the week we cleanse and rejuvenate our soul. It's a myth that good people don't have negative emotions. However, emotions are truly negative if you suppress them or dump them on someone else. Carrying around excess baggage (unprocessed emotions) doesn't promote excellent health. During this week, drink plenty of water. Many health problems can be reduced or even eliminated if the body has enough fluid to cleanse and purify itself. Pay attention to the water that is all around you. As much as possible, share the emotions you experience this week with others, as it can have a powerful impact on your health.
Day 8. Your Body Believes Every Word You Say Day 9. Is This Who You Are? Day 10. What Are Your Energy "Zappers" and "Juicers"? Day 11. Exploring Your Relationship with Your Body Day 12. Being Still/Doing Nothing Day 13. An Attitude of Gratitude Day 14. Choosing Your Body
WEEK THREE ~ FIRE WEEK ~ Clearing Your Spiritual Body In the first seven days of the program, you focused on clearing barriers that hindered your health. Usually the greatest blockage is fear, and this is the week when you'll be confronting this emotion. The fastest way to transform your body is through action, but it's easy to hesitate to make changes because of fear—fear of discomfort, of failure, of the unknown, and even of success. Fire Week is the time to look at your fears and take action to overcome them. This week deepens your awareness of the light that's around and within you. Pay attention to the different types of lighting. Fire represents change and transformation, so this is the time to take risks and try relating to your body in different ways.
Day 15. Releasing Fear from Your Body Day 16. Taking Risks and Expansive Self-Love Day 17. Facing the Shadow Day 18. Being Present and Practicing Forgiveness Day 19. Facing Your Death/Embracing Your Life Day 20. You Are the Force Day 21. Fanning the Flame of Your Body's Creativity
WEEK FOUR ~ EARTH WEEK ~ Clearing Your Physical Body – Bring balance to life. For and the week ahead, spend time focusing on the earth. When you are outside, for instance, pay attention to the ground beneath you. Even if you're walking on a sidewalk, take a moment to connect with the soil beneath the concrete. Be aware of the foods you eat that grow from the earth, especially root vegetables. Focus upon the intimate connection that your body has to Mother Earth and the fact that when you leave your physical self, it will again return to the earth.
Day 22. Connecting with Your Body Day 23. Body Detox Day 24. Staying Grounded Day 25. Radiating Love Through Your Cells Day 26. A Home for Your Body Day 27. Creating Fabulous Health for Your Future Day 28. Dance Your Prayers The Quest – Beyond the 28 Days
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We look at clutter and how it affects our life and our energy and then start doing something about it either in baby steps or giant leaps, whatever you are ready for!
Project: Overview, Values, Prep for next week Collage Daily Lessons:
Day 1. Life Assessment Day 2. Making a Commitment to Change Your Life Day 3. Clearing Clutter in Your Bedroom/Bathroom Day 4. Where Are You Now in Your Life? Day 5. Clutter – Energy Up/Energy Down Day 6. Lightening Up – Letting Go / Clutter Clearing Day 7. Exploring Your Soul Mission In Life
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Travelling without the right partners might take away from the journey so we lovingly take a look at your relationships, your patterns and how you relate to the world and your Creator. You will learn how to slow down, watch for signs, release victim like thinking so you can choose your best life and go for it!
Project: Soul Mission Collage, Prep for next week Spirit Stick
Daily Lessons: Day 8. Exploring the Turning Points in Your Life Day 9. Examining the Meaning You Give Your Life Day 10. What are Your Energy "Zappers" and "Juicers"? Day 11. Exploring Your Relationships Day 12. Be Still/Do Nothing Day 13. Attitude of Gratitude Day 14. Release Victim Thinking/Choose Your Life
WEEK THREE ~ FIRE WEEK ~ Connect with your beautiful intimate Spirit within. On most journeys one could imagine the travelers late at night stopping by the campfire and sharing stores about their travels of the day, well not this one, don't get too comfy just yet, think walking on fire (metaphorically speaking) think confronting fears, taking a risk, stepping out of your comfort zone! Flames move and dance, as will you. We are going to take
to take the "what if's" and transform them into 'how can I's" so you can rise from the ashes and fly. As we rise up we will tap into our creativity and add color, expression, abundance to our Spirit.
Project: Create a Spirit Stick
Daily Lessons: Day 15. Confronting Fear/Developing Faith Day 16. Taking Risks Day 17. Facing the Shadow Day 18. Being Present/Saying Yes to Life Day 19. Facing Your Death/Embracing Your Life Day 20. Your Spiritual Allies Day 21. Fanning the Flame of Your Creativity
WEEK FOUR ~ EARTH WEEK ~ Clear the Physical Clutter – Bring balance to life. Your beautiful Spirit needs a loving nurturing home a
temple, and a sacred place it can be at one with and this is the week for defining the home for your soul. This journey will not end when you come home; it will allow you a new vehicle to commune with your soul. You will learn how to connect with nature to benefit your body, your home and soul. We look ahead, envision and create fabulous futures for you and members of the group then complete the week encircled in love with a heart of light!
Daily Lessons: Day 22. Connecting with Your Body Day 23. Body Detox Day 24. Using the Physiology of Your Body Day 25. Awakening the Natural Forces Within You Day 26. A Home for the Soul Day 27. Creating a Fabulous Future Day 28. A Circle of Love