When The Universe Sends You a Word…

Sometimes a word just shows up like out of nowhere and it stays with me, it’s there in my thoughts all the time, and I can feel it in my body. This is the universe letting me know that hey, pay attention, this word is what you need right now, accept it, open up to it, let it guide you.

‘Purpose’ showed up over a week ago and it’s taken a hold of me, so I’m doing just that, I’m accepting it as my guiding word for the rest of this year, and maybe longer.

‘Purpose’ made me realize that more than half the year is gone and mostly I have been procrastinating and I’ve done almost nothing of the intentions I had set for myself at the beginning of this year. 

The first thing I’m doing is, calling out procrastination and calling in purpose.

So, even though more than half the year has gone by, it’s not too late to make some changes, review this past year, decide what I want to keep and what I want to let go of, and what new I want to bring in.

This week I’m doing a review of what I want for the rest of the year, setting a couple of goals and trying to find a way to hold myself accountable. And the best way I know how to do this is, by asking myself questions in my journal.

What am I most grateful for this year.

What can I do to keep myself motivated.

What have I learned so far.

What do I want to change.

What do I want to let go of.

What do I want more of.

What new do I want.

What has filled me with joy.

What accomplishments am I proud of.

I feel re-inspired and for the rest of the year I want to live with ‘purpose’ in the forefront, living intentional and drinking in the deliciousness of what every day holds out. 

How about you, do you have a new word, are you doing a mid-year review? I’d love to hear from you.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2020

Hello July! Energies for Celebration and Joy

Hello July,

We’re halfway through 2020 and WOW!!! What a year this has been so far.  Like a lot of us, I’ve been caught up in a roller-coaster of emotions and looking back, I see that it has drained me of my energy, of creativity, of inspiration, of being able to function in every day activities.  It’s drained me of my inner power and  I didn’t realize it until now.

But, for the first time, July is here, and I feel hope and an opening for new beginnings, I’m feeling a shift in the energies, and an invitation to celebration and joy.

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I feel July is bringing me back to myself, here’s what I’m doing:

1 – I need to celebrate ME.  Celebrate my accomplishments so far.  How I’ve held myself up, how through it all I’m still OK.  By making conscious choices, and even though at times it wasn’t easy, I’ve been taking care of my health.  I’m exercising, and I haven’t broken my rule of no eating at night since the middle of February.  Yeah!!!  I’m celebrating that through it all I still wrote articles every month for The Inspired Guide magazine (here) no matter how hard it was to be creative and write.  I’m celebrating me for being resilient, strong, and determined.  Yes, I’m celebrating.

2 – I forgot that my word for this year is – EMPOWERED – and I’m bringing it back into the forefront every day, leaning on it, embracing it, and it’s already making me feel empowered.   Yeah!!!

3 – Our energy can be zapped out of us, especially when we’re with people that have negative energy or, places and situations that are full with negative energy, even through TV or cell phone, our energy can be zapped leaving us, drained.  A practice that I used to do, and I don’t know why I ever stopped, is something I learned from the wonderful Danielle LaPorte (here).  She said that at the end of the day when she gets home before she gets out of her car she calls her power back into her.  She declares – I call all of my power back to me now.  I am whole and complete –

And the wonderful Sarah Jensen (here) just recently shared this, – For my highest good may all parts of me left in other people, places, dimensions, times and events return to me to energize, revitalize, and make me whole –

I’m loving this, so along with smudging myself to remove negative energies every morning, I am also returning to doing this ritual of taking my power back into me.

I hope this serves you, love to hear from you.

July Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2020

Why Pay Attention to our Thoughts

Hello everyone, hope you’re well.  Here’s a little something to consider.

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Mostly we don’t pay attention to our thoughts, we just have the same thoughts repeating themselves day after day, over and over in our mind, but the thing is that

every thought matters

every thought creates a feeling

every feeling creates an experience and

every experience dictates our every action, which is directly linked to our thought.

The result is that this is our life.

If we want different results, if we want change, we have to start with paying attention to our thoughts.

Change your thoughts and change your life.

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