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 Time for Extreme Self-Love

This is a time for extreme self-love and self-care, and I like all of us, need some extra special love right now.  I’m trying to be strong for my kids so they don’t worry about me, but the truth is  that I’m a bundle of emotions.  I have moments where I’m totally stressed out, on edge, anxious and then I have moments where I’m feeling calm and joyful and I know everything will be all right.

I think that practicing self-love & self-care right now is more important than ever.  Loving ourselves and caring for ourself has to be an essential part of our daily routine. It’s not a luxury, it’s an essential part in keeping ourselves healthy, strong, and maintaining a healthy immune system.

hello self

One of my self-love practices is, I write myself a ‘love note’ and I like to place it on the end table in my hanging out room so I can see it throughout the day.  Every time my eyes land on – hello self I love you – it makes me smile, uplifts me and fills me with joy.  I wrote this a couple of months ago, and I’m still looking at it every day, and it’s still nourishing me.

If you need some extra special love right now, try this – write yourself a love note – place it someplace where you’ll see it throughout the day, it can be anything that makes you feel good.  Your own words, a phrase from a book, lyrics from a song…anything that will elevate your spirit, make you smile, feel good, feel happy and fill you with joy.

Buddha said “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

And now more than ever we all need to do whatever we can to empower ourselves and give ourselves self-love & self-care to get us through this time.  And let’s remember that this will pass and – Everything will be alright.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2020

What I’m Reading

I hope you’re all well, I’m at home and hanging out with my books over here, although I have to admit that my concentration right now is very low and there are days I can’t read anything, and days where I flip from one book to the next, but reading is a part of me and I have to at least have the books, if for nothing else but the comfort they give me.

Here are 6 books I’m reading right now 🙂

I’m re-reading “A Return to Love” I read this book a few years ago, I have the physical book but I love to read on my iPad and I finally got it from the library.   Love the library.

“Your Spacious Self” I’ve had for a year but never got around to it, so now is perfect timing.

“Dwelling”, I love Melissa Michaels blog and so of course I had to get her book, and when the book first came out everyone was gifted a journal along with it, which made me happy.  I started reading the book but for some reason got side tracked, and now I’m back to it.

I’ve been listening to Melanie Beckler on and off for a while now, and I’ve been interested in channeling, so I can’t wait to start reading  Channeling the Guides and Angels of Light,  it was being offered for free when I got it last week and I think right now it still is free on Amazon, but don’t hold me to it.

The rest of the books I found through recommendations and can’t wait to dig in.

I’m finding myself drawn to read books that evoke the feeling of home, calm and a connection to universal truths.

Love to know what you’re reading, I’d love any recommendations.

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