I’ve Reached a Milestone in My Recovery

OMG I can’t stand it I’m so deliriously happy. YEAHHHH!!!! Freedom!!! I drove myself to Target yesterday for the first time since my surgery and I feel like I have crossed a milestone.  It’s been six weeks and I’m not going to lie to you, this recovery has been kicking my butt.  I’m finally now starting to get back to my awesome self.  I’m still not 100% recovered, I’m released from therapy but I still have a ways to go, and it’s getting easier now.  Walking every day and using the stationary bike is what’s helping me to heal my knee.

And being able to drive myself to the store, well that is just a whole other level of joy – it’s total heaven.

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So, I’m sharing some photos I took yesterday, and by the way the peaches are so good right now. 🙂  And it feels soooooo good to be stopping along the way and taking photos.

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Look at the color on these cherries.

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And here’s a thought for you –

Cherish your health, love your body, nourish your mind every day!!!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2019

 

A Little Daily Reminder – Smile

Every day you have the choice of how you nourish yourself.

Here’s one way to nourish your body, mind and spirit – smile.

A smile has an undeniable transformative power, even a fake smile can transform your mood, you will feel an immediate change.

heartsThere are times that I just get caught up in the every day stuff and a smile is the furthest thing from my mind.  But as soon as I put a smile on, everything changes, I feel my face light up, not just my face but my whole-body lights up.  My feelings, my mood, whatever it is, the heaviness lifts out of me and everything changes.

The thing with a smile is that you cannot have a smile on your face and feel angry or sad…just like you cannot have a frown and feel happy.

Today give yourself the gift of a smile. Walk out your front door with a smile on your face, drive your car with a smile on, walk into your work with a smile on.  Text with a smile on your face.  If you have an appointment, bring that smile with you.  Exercise with a smile on.  Have your coffee with a smile on.  Talk on the phone with a smile on, the energy of your smile will come through and the other person will feel it.  Whatever you do today – keep a smile on.

A smile is also contagious, rarely do I look at someone that I pass by in the street, or the supermarket, wherever I may be, with a smile on my face and they don’t smile back.  And the thing about a smile is that you may have greatly affected that person, it may have been just what they needed in that moment, that small bit of a smile that made them feel love and transformed their day.

Try it out, just for today, put a smile on your face and leave it there.  Let yourself feel the happy – smile.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2019

 

Why Give Your Self Praise

It’s real easy to put ourselves down for what we believe we didn’t do right, or perfect enough, or for putting our foot in our mouth…But it’s not often, or maybe never, that we give ourselves a high five for a job well done.  Maybe appreciating ourselves for finishing a goal we set for ourselves, for being brave enough, or for the every day things that we accomplish…We praise everyone else for all sorts of things, oh what you did was great…I knew you could do it…I’m so proud of you…you’re amazing…but we don’t say those kind precious words to our own self.

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I was looking through some photos and I’m in awe of how great a photographer I’ve become.  I’ve busted through and gotten over my fear of photographing something in public. I’ve developed a keen eye and an inner sense of looking through the lens and highlighting the beauty in what I’m photographing. I’ve gained perspective for how to position my subject for best effect, and I’ve learned how to edit my photographs…I’ve fallen in love with the camera and seeing my creations bring happiness to others makes me super happy and proud of myself.  So today I’m praising myself for the awesome photographer I’ve become.  I AM AWESOME!!!  YEAH!!! 

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you can kind of tell that I love flowers.  I find them wherever I go.  These I photographed today at the supermarket.

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Giving your self praise will uplift your mood, will make you happy and feel good about yourself, and it’ll help you believe in yourself.  It will empower you, give you self confidence, motivation and inspiration – and guess what?  All that is good for your health.

So how about you?  Be your own best friend.  You deserve kindness from you, you deserve your own praise.   It’s the greatest pick me up and the greatest for your soul.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2019

Are You Following Your Ego or Your Heart

The job of the ego is to protect us and to keep us safe, that means keeping us in the same familiar place, where things are cozy and safe.

It’s taken me a lot of inner work to recognize when I’m being guided from my ego who is constantly telling me that I shouldn’t do this…can’t do that…it’ll be too hard…what’s the point…don’t even bother to start, it won’t work out …you’re not really good enough for this…and I’m still working on this, and I still fall into the ego trap. This is not an overnight success story. 🙂

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I believe our ego is a part of who we are and is with us to serve a purpose.  But, when we have those moments of self doubt, we can be mindful, let them show themselves, recognize that those negative, self doubting thoughts are from our ego place, say thank you and let them go.  And with mindfulness drop into our heart.

The heart knows the way.  The heart holds our secrets and treasures for a life filled with joy, purpose and beauty.  When we step into a journey with our heart, we live inspired through creativity, passion, mindfulness, purpose…Our life becomes magical.

Letting myself be guided by the beauty in my heart has opened this amazing, magical universe for me.

How about you?  Are you being guided by the beauty in your heart?  Leave a comment love to hear from you.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2019

A Message From the Universe

A couple of days ago I woke up with this phrase in my mind – I desire my life – and at first I thought I knew exactly what it means.  Of course, what better than to desire your own life?  To want it so much that you can’t stand it.  To desire it with all the perfections and the imperfections, all the everything, desire it to its deepest essence.

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But, then I realized that I don’t really know what this phrase means, that it goes beyond just the surface and that there’s a much deeper and richer meaning here.  Yes, I love my life, but what does, I desire my life mean?  I’ve been thinking on this ever since.  I even wrote it down on a sticky note and stuck it on my fridge.

Sometimes I get a message, a phrase, or a word that pops into my mind and I don’t always know the why, the meaning, or what I’m suppose to do with this.  The answer is not always clear and in plain view.

I think that sometimes when we get a message, we’re meant to just sit with it and be patient with it.  It’s like the universe has planted a seed that we have to allow to take root, and grow, unfold and reveal itself in its own time, divine time.  We’re meant to take a journey with it, there are things that need to get uncovered along the way.

Maybe I should take the question and turn it around and ask – what about my life do I not desire?  This one question may be enough to bring to light what has been hidden from me, something I haven’t thought of before, but that I need to explore to open a new doorway within.

So my journey with – I desire my life – begins.  I have no idea where it will lead me to, or how it will unfold, but I’m trusting and welcoming the process that will open a deeper knowing within.

Does this resonate with you?  Does it spark an idea for you?  If you’re feeling it I’d love to hear from you.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2019

Simple Way to Bless Yourself & Your Home

I want to share with you a simple practice I’ve been doing now for a few years – blessing myself and my home.  I don’t leave my house without blessing.  It’s become a magical part of my every day, and by now, I don’t even have to think of it, the words just show up and I say them.

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Blessing myself is a powerful act of love and when I declare blessings on myself and connect to myself and Spirit in this way, I’m blessing the universe too, I’m sending waves of loving blessings out into the universe.

Here’s what I do, before I leave my house, while I’m walking around from room to room making sure I put out all the candles I had burning, that the fan is turned off in my bathroom, that all is good in the kitchen, I just very simply say – I am blessed, my home is blessed, my day is blessed, everything is good and perfect and blessed. Thank you. Thank you.  Thank you.  And I instantly feel the joy these words ignite inside of me.

I don’t have a set rule or set words that I speak.  Some days what I say changes a bit, but mostly this is what I say.  And as I’m walking out the door to my car I feel myself calm, spiritually protected, safe and loved and I know all is good.

This simple act of blessing myself has helped to change the way I feel every day and I encourage you to try it.  The key to really crafting a ritual for yourself, no matter how outlandish it may seem, is to abandon any notion that you’re not doing it right, or that it’s not acceptable, or what will they think?  Do you have the right to?…Just go with your gut feeling, if you feel that this ritual is good for you, if it feels right to you, then it is and do it.  Make it a part of your daily self-care, you will raise your vibration, you will feel more calm and you will feel spiritually blessed.

Do you already bless yourself and your home before you leave your house?  Love to know what you do.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2018