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.

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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

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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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