Day 67/366 days Towards Self-Mastery. Mood: loving my life!
Never underestimate the power of love!
As I wade through the daily inspirations woven around Sarah's experience with the fashion industry I'm acutely aware of why I didn't get far into this particular book, and also just how true it is that one can discover oneself, master one's life using the fabric of whatever lifestyle one has chosen to explore.
The one gem I take from today's inspiration is to never underestimate the power of love.
That love can be for any object that comforts you, that delights you, that sings to your heart. Whether it's colour or texture of an item of clothing, a stunning piece of pottery, a work of art.
Cherish the items that you love.
It is enormously beneficial to your health and wellbeing to engage with those feelings of love and appreciation.
This is my area of interest. Yours and mind, our emotional wellbeing and how to support that mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually (although for me spiritual is about physics) as these elements are all connected.
When you are experiencing that deep appreciation for something that you absolutely adore, you are:
soothing your nervous system and reducing the daily stress load
retraining your nervous system to be able to relax reduces stress hormones and their damaging effects
producing chemicals and hormones that support healing of your body
calming your immune system so that it is reduces the inflammation load in your body from our western lifestyles
activating your magnetism for people, things and experiences
In short, you have entered into self-healing mode on all levels.
When I discovered the amazing properties of water in our body, and connected the dots with the volume of water that we are, ~70%, I realised just how important it was to ensure that the information that the water carried to all parts of my body was free from stress vibrations, stress chemicals and stress hormones.
Your mood affects your physical body. Love what you love, and love it passionately!
366 days Towards Self-Mastery
When I considered my New Year's intentions for 2020 I had just one: To allow my heart to love what it loved...and let it lead me. (If not now, then when?) I've spent months working on integrating my life. To live life more fully with my home life, my interests, my work, my responsibilities, all coming together, all connected. I want to give each the attention that they desire and need, and still have time and energy for the others. That means living and working from the heart.
As I was clearing out my bookshelf over the Christmas break I discovered Simple Abundance. I set it aside to explore it on New Year's Day as I lazed through another delicious day of nothingness. Sarah, the author, says this book is about living in grace. Living in grace I realised, is about Self-Mastery.
My thirst for understanding the human condition has driven me all my life, and hand-in-hand with self-mastery it has been a life-long goal. And seeing as I love to write, that living in grace is about self-mastery, and I love a bit of a challenge, then if I am truly going to let my heart lead, I really don't have any other choice. So scary as it feels, I'm starting out on a daily mission of leaning into the suggestions of this daybook and making a daily post to keep me accountable. If not now, then when?
I'm Josie. You can find out a little more about me here. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy: by Sarah Ban Breathnach. This book is written for the Australian and NZ market because it refers to seasonal changes. It's available on Amazon here if you'd like to follow along.