Happiness Starts With…

Happiness starts with the way you feel about yourself.

happiness starts with 2When you don’t feel love for yourself you can’t be happy.

When you’re constantly judging and criticizing yourself,

when you’re always picking yourself apart,

when you don’t give to yourself,

when you don’t make yourself important,

when you’re always putting yourself down,

giving yourself ugly thoughts,

when you don’t feel worthy,

deserving, beautiful…

You cannot be happy no matter how hard you try – to be happy you need to come from a loving yourself place within.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2020

 

Decluttering for an – Ahhhhhh!!! Feeling

It’s a beautiful day here today, it’s Monday, it’s a brand new week, I’ve been walking around with a heavy heart but today I’m filled with renewed hope.  I wrote this article before the pandemic that has hit us all, and it appeared first in the March issue of The Inspired Guide magazine, here pg 84.  Now that some of us or most of us are at home, if you haven’t read it already, I hope it will inspire you to do a little decluttering and get that Ahhhhhh feeling.decluttering2I don’t know about you but I’ve jumped on the decluttering bandwagon and I love it.  I’m in the process of decluttering and with every clearing I’m feeling more of that Ahhhhhh! feeling that fills me with lightness and joy, it’s magical.

I’m committed that 2020 is my change year.  I’m more clear about what I want this year than ever before and that clarity has overlapped into every area in my life.  Self-care, self-love, manifesting my desires and living in harmony with universal laws are my priority. And that means inner clearing, out with old beliefs that are keeping me from moving forward, as well as decluttering my home, making room for energy to flow, I’m ready for it all.

In the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui, it’s believed that clutter prevents energy from flowing. Clutter holds energy so it becomes stagnant, and that can affect your wellbeing, cause mental weight, make your body feel weighted down, and you’re not living in harmony with the way of nature.

To honor my self-care, self-love I’m decluttering to gift myself a harmonious home, a place that elevates me and is in harmony and balance with my beliefs.  Just smudging my home to remove negative energy is not enough, I need to create space to allow the flow of energy, so I can feel spacious and light and good when in my sacred sanctuary.

One day in a conversation with my son about this, he said that when he buys a shirt, he gives one away.  WOW!  I never thought of that.  What a great idea, and how simple, buy something, give something away.  This way the flow of energy in your home is constant.  It’s always clean and airy and feels good.

So, here’s my plan of action:

Simplify and remove the overwhelm of decluttering.  First, I needed to get real about this and find a method that works for me.  Decluttering my entire house in one day, or one month is stress overwhelm.  Instead, I do something every week.  Whether it’s clearing out sweaters, pots and pans, or jewelry.  This may not be correct with the experts, but it works for me.

Adapt a system.  I love Marie Kondo’s system, declutter by category where you can, not by room.  For instance, gather all your books from around your house into one pile and work on them all at one time.  And then use her philosophy, when you can’t decide, ask yourself “does it spark joy” if not, give it away.  And my mother always said, if you haven’t used it in a year you’re not using it now, give it away.

Keep it going.  I’m following my son’s process, buy something, give something away.  In this way you’ll always have flowing energy because you’ll never accumulate anything.

When we talk about self-improvement we don’t really think of decluttering as being a part of self-love/self-care, but it most definitely is, and OMG you guys, I can’t even tell you how incredibly amazing this feels.  I feel lighter, more energetic it’s like a heavy weight has lifted off me.  As I go along every week, not only is this creating space for ‘new’ in my home, but it fills me with a sense of spaciousness, accomplishment and joy – I love it!  I’m empowered with a feeling of – I’m in charge of my life.

What can decluttering do for you?

Create spaciousness in your mind and body.

Create a sense of inner freedom.

You’ll gain greater self-confidence.

You’ll feel more empowered over your life.

You’ll feel in harmony with universal laws.

Living in an un-cluttered home – is magical.

Being surrounded by only those things that ‘spark joy’ – is magical.

And let’s face it, don’t we all want that delicious – Ahhhhhh – feeling that we get from a clean, clear, energy flowing space?  And what about the feeling we get from knowing that our precious things that no longer serve us, are now bringing joy to someone else.  A blessing back to the universe –  Happy decluttering.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2020

 

A Reminder for Gratitude

Happy Friday friends,

We’re inside a tough time right now, but this too shall pass and we will get through it.

Now more than ever we need to have faith, hope, keep a positive mindset and love in our heart.  And we need to remind ourselves of the bounty that surrounds us and give thanks for all that we have to be grateful for.

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I have a rosemary bush that grows outside my house, it was here when I moved in and is still absolutely gorgeous.  I love the scent of rosemary and I love the little purple flowers that show themselves in the Spring.  I love cutting some sprigs and bringing them inside so I can admire their beauty and smell them as I walk by.  It uplifts my spirit and fills me with hope and gratitude.  I am grateful.

I invite you to take a moment to reflect on the good that is around you.  Bring a little sunshine into your home, say thank you, be grateful for today.

And I’d love it if you would share your gratefulness today here with us.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2020

A Little Beauty for the Heart

Sunday blessings friends.

During this trying time, I like most all of us, am trying to stay calm, be aware of what’s going on, stay home, which I’m actually quite happy to do, since I’m a homebody at heart, and dealing with the situation the best I can.

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They say that looking at beautiful things can improve the quality of your life and create happiness within.  I think that we should give ourselves something beautiful to look at every day and especially now, reflect on the beauty around you and nourish your heart.

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Yesterday I spent time looking through some of my recent photos I don’t think I’ve shared, and found these that made me feel good, happy and smile.  I think that flowers have that affect on most of us.  A connection with nature that uplifts our spirit.  And strangely enough I feel a connection to the entire universe, a oneness.

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bird in tree

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And here are the boys 🙂  they say, hi.

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I hope these photos brought you a moment of calm, beauty and joy.

Love, prayers and many blessings!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2020

Stand Up and Shout I LOVE ME!!!

Hello everyone, I’m really excited to share with you another one of my articles, originally published in the February issue of The Inspired Guide magazine (here) page 48.  If you haven’t already read it, hope you enjoy it.

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When I was asked to write about, loving yourself, I was so excited I jumped at the chance and said YES. This is exactly in alignment with my goals this year, write/coach about manifesting and learning to love yourself.

And then I went blank, I shut down, I started and wrote and deleted it all a hundred times over.  Nothing seemed right or good enough, I couldn’t get the words out.  My inner critic, always looking to protect me, was hard at work – who do you think you are? You don’t know enough.  You don’t have a college degree.  This is too hard, let’s watch a Hallmark movie.  I even considered telling the publisher that I can’t write this. But my inner guide was pushing me to write.  I manifested this for myself, the Universe was showing up for me and all my old fears were showing up too.  I fell back into my old story. Hide and don’t let anyone see you.  Just say you don’t know.

to love yourselfMy parents were Holocaust survivors, I grew up hearing of the horrors they lived through.  In their effort to protect me, they unknowingly instilled all their fears into me.  As a child I didn’t understand the meaning of the words, but I felt their pain.  Each word my mother spoke landed inside the very core of me.  I internalized beliefs and fears about me, life and God that didn’t belong to me.  And I lived by them.

You never know how or when your old beliefs can show up, and your old story can take a hold of you and strip you of self-confidence, of any thoughts of being enough, and all the inner work you did disappears. Like out of nowhere my, “you’re not good enough” beliefs about myself were playing in my head.  After a couple of days of struggling with this, I finally asked my inner guide for help in my journal. The answer I got was “be daring, the words you’re writing come from the deepest part of love inside you, they are Spirit and this is part of your journey so write it, it’s ok you are safe and protected and loved…Don’t be afraid.”

So here I am, “daring” revealing that – to love yourself is part of the journey.   Take small steps, one step at a time if you have to, but get to know who you are, be rooted in your own heart.  I believe that part of our purpose in life is to get to know ourselves, to peel away all the false beliefs we take on from childhood.  From our parents, society, from our culture, and to find ourselves.

When I was 50, I had a spiritual awakening, in one moment the Universe showed herself to me and I knew everything and I knew nothing all at the same time.  From that moment on began my journey to find me, God, and what life is about.  Every time I was able to excavate a belief that I was buried under, or bust through a wall I built around me to protect myself, I felt a freedom I had been longing for all my life.  I started to see me, life, and God in a new light, my light.  I was slowly unlocking myself from limiting beliefs that kept me small and opening to a higher version of me.  And somewhere along the path of transforming, I also started to love who I was becoming.

Loving myself has been the magick key that has given me the courage to dream big.  It’s helped me to trust and believe more in myself.  To live with intention, and be committed and honor my life.

I believe the greatest gift we can give to ourselves is to love our-self.  It’s our responsibility to get to know who we are in this life.  To love, honor and cherish our self wholeheartedly.  When we love our self, we are powerful beings emanating from within healing love energy, out into the Universe.

4 Tips to start loving yourself:

1 – Write it down.  When fears stop you, write them down.  They may not seem so scary on paper.  Ask where did you get this from?  Do you really believe it?   Change it to something true for you.

2 – Become conscious of your thoughts, they are the nourishment you’re feeding yourself with.  Every time you have a thought that puts you down, weed it out, replace it with one that honors you.

3 -Celebrate you, do one thing that makes you happy every day.  Sit quietly savoring a latte.  Read a book on your lunch hour.  Buy yourself flowers.  Wear your favorite earrings while cleaning.

4 – Start a gratitude journal and write three things you’re grateful for – about yourself – every day.  I’m grateful I accepted a compliment without putting myself down.  I’m grateful I gave myself luxury thoughts today…

With the right mindset and a willingness, you will create positive changes.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2020