This time of year always sets me to thinking: what will I change? what can I do better? what do I want to accomplish?
I look for signs. The meaning of a horoscope. A reading from an intuitive. A message from the angels. Words and symbols that cross my path.
There are a lot this year. All seemingly pointing to the same thing.
“When the time comes to love yourself well,” Andrea Gibson said in the quote I posted here just the other day, “it takes a good solid month to stop crying about everything you have to let go.”
And then this morning, this quote posted on a favorite blog:
“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small. My judgment called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.” – Kim McMillen
Which lead me to find Ms. McMillen’s book When I Loved Myself Enough. Here are a few excerpts that resonated for me.
When I loved myself enough I felt compelled to slow down way down. And that has made all the difference.
When I loved myself enough I began to see I didn’t have to chase after life. If I am quiet and hold still, life comes to me.
When I loved myself enough I came to see emotional pain is a signal I am operating outside truth.
When I loved myself enough I started meditating every day. This is a profound act of self-love.
When I loved myself enough I no longer needed things or people to make me feel safe.
When I loved myself enough I stopped fearing empty time and quit making plans. Now I do what feels right and am in step with my own rhythms. Delicious!
When I loved myself enough I began listening to the wisdom of my body. It speaks so clearly through its fatigue, sensitivities, aversions and hungers.
When I loved myself enough I quit rehashing the past and worrying about the future – which keeps me in the present where aliveness lives.
Click here to see which ones you might like to hold onto for 2014. It’s a pretty powerful process.
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Queen of Hearts painting by the most wonderful Melissa Harris. Please visit her website here: www.melissaharris.com.