New beginnings

4 December

Life is a series of doors opening and doors closing. The secret is to allow closed doors to stay closed when experiences end and to step into the wonderful new doors that open as a result. Let go and just allow the new experiences to unfold. #newbeginnings

What doors have closed for you; and which doors are opening as a result?

~ Alison Livanos

Wisdom lies within

27 November

Focus on doing what is right for you by getting in touch with your own inner voice. Your inner wisdom knows the right answers for you.

What is your inner wisdom guiding you to do right now?

~ Alison Livanos

Abundance flows through us

Abundance

Look around you and notice that we live in an abundant Universe filled with an abundance of everything we need for Life. As we let go of fear, anger, guilt and shame about not having or having enough, we open ourselves to allow that abundance to flow through us. By giving and receiving with Love and Gratitude, we receive more abundance to be grateful for. #abundance

What abundance are you allowing to flow through you?

~ Alison Livanos

Believe in Possibilities

13 November

Possibilities are everywhere, when we believe they are. Opportunities can show-up in the most unlikely places, when we are aware. Experiences happen that don’t seem so favourable and we get stuck in the “I can’t” and it is so easy to get stuck in a moment and stop believing in ourselves and possibilities. When we are stuck in this place, we close our eyes to possibilities which lie right in front of us, yet when we believe in ourselves and in miracles, doors seem to open in the most unexpected places. We create our own barriers by standing in our own way.

How do we move beyond the barriers to possibilities?

Let go of the past

Life happens to everyone, that’s how we learn. Everyone makes mistakes, that’s also how we learn new things. Everyone has a story, that’s how we grow to become the people we need to be. The challenge is that so often we get stuck in the should’ve, could’ve, would’ve and we forget that we’re only human and humans make mistakes to learn. Start by being willing to forgive everyone, including yourself. Let go of the anger and resentment of what “they” did to you. Let go of the guilt of what you think you may or may not have done “wrong”. Then begin to live in the present moment. Yesterday is done, tomorrow is still to come, your power lies in this present moment and the choices you make right now.

Examine your beliefs

The thoughts we think and the words we speak, are creating all of our experiences. As children, our minds were like tape recorders, recording every word and experience through the meaning we made of it. Then we construct beliefs based on these experiences. Mothers, fathers, teachers, preachers may have done something or said something that made you believe that “you’re not good enough” or perhaps that life is hard and the only way to succeed is by criticizing yourself and making yourself work hard. These are their beliefs and you don’t need to keep them. These are barriers blocking your success. Have a good look at your beliefs and if they are negative, realize that you are creating your experiences with these beliefs. And if you’d like to move forward, perhaps it’s time to move through the barriers created by your own thoughts, words and emotions, by creating some wonderful positive beliefs for yourself.

Find gratitude in the moment

Stop and take a deep breath. Now think about everything you do have to be grateful for. And think about what you have learn’t from your past experiences and feel gratitude for how these experiences have made you the amazing, strong person you are today. Practice gratitude for the smallest things in every moment, even the challenging ones. You’ll be amazed that the more you are grateful, the more you receive to be grateful for.

Make a commitment to yourself with enthusiasm

This is your life and you only get to live this life once. Make a list of everything you’d love to have, do and be in your life. Imagine the possibilities. Feel the feeling of living a life you love. Then make a commitment to yourself to take at least one little step at a time to move in the direction of your dreams. The very first step is to just be willing to change. It’s your life, it’s your choice how you get to live it. Take back your power and create a life you love to look at ~ Alison Livanos 

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Love Being You

30 October

Can you imagine how wonderful it would be if you could live your life without ever being criticized by anyone? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to feel totally at ease, totally comfortable? You would get up in the morning and you would know you were going to have a wonderful day, because everybody would love you and nobody would put you down. You would just feel great. 

You know what? You can give this to yourself. You can make the experience of living with you the most wonderful experience imaginable. You can wake up in the morning and feel the joy of spending another day with yourself ~ Louise Hay 

As we learn to love ourselves, we learn about what we really love about ourselves. The trick is to accept ourselves exactly as we are and to release the need to always be perfect. When we release the need for perfection, we begin to allow ourselves to be ourselves. Perfectionism is merely the outcome of listening to that inner critic, who is telling us that we’re wrong. And that inner critic is programmed by years of criticism we received as children. And how do we silence the inner critic? Connect with your inner child and tell her that you love her. And do what she loves to do. Then slowly, one step at a time, allow yourself to express your creativity through that inner child. Allow your inner child a voice and that is louder than the inner critic. Release all criticism. Nurture through play. Create something beautiful, without perfection. Love yourself enough to allow yourself to be yourself. And just love being you ~ Alison Livanos

Express Your Uniqueness

23 October

You are not your father. You are not your mother. You are not any of your relatives. You are not your teachers at school, nor are you the limitations of your early religious training. You are yourself. You are special and unique, having your own set of talents and abilities. No one can do things exactly the way you can do them. There is no competition and no comparison.

You are worthy of your own love and your own self-acceptance. You are a magnificent being. You are free. Acknowledge this as the new truth for yourself. And so it is ~ Louise Hay 

The truth is that we have all been created with our own set of unique gifts and talents. And somewhere along the way, we compare ourselves with others and make ourselves wrong. We listen to the criticism of others. And we dismiss our uniqueness as unacceptable or “weird”. And we choose to hide our brilliance behind a mask constructed by what we believe we “should” be. It’s time for us to stop the comparisons and start unashamedly expressing our authentic, unique selves.

The challenge is that we have lived so long trying to “fit in” that we have forgotten who we are and why we are here. And how do you reconnect with your true uniquessness? The answer lies with your inner child, who knows exactly who you are. Take some time to reconnect with that child within and realize what you loved as a child and what makes you unique. Do something you love and play each and every day and your uniqueness will begin to shine through. Play with the children. Make a mess. Make a noise. Express your uniqueness in your own unique way ~ Alison Livanos

Read more: www.healyourlife.co.za; www.louisehay.com 

 

 

 

Express Your Creativity Freely

I express my creativity freely

Creativity is a natural force of life. Just look at nature and all the magnificent creations that she gives us: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the sunrises and sunsets, which are all one of a kind; and realise that you are part of that. The truth is that we are all creative beings who have been created to continue creating, whether we believe it or not (www.theartistsway.com). We all have an innate ability to be creative, we just choose to ignore it or to express it. We all have incredible gifts and talents within, just waiting to be explored and connecting with your creativity, brings these to light.

So how can you connect with your creativity?

1. Change your Beliefs

As children, we are all creative artists. And then we create negative beliefs about art and creativity through how we interact with the world. Well-meaning adults tell us to explore "proper" career options and we believe that creativity is only fluff around the edges of "real life". Or we were criticized somewhere along the way and we believe we're not good enough and shut the door to our unique gifts and talents which are still waiting to be discovered. Look in the mirror and affirm I am a creative being and listen to the thoughts that come up. Those are your beliefs and can be changed with positive, new beliefs (www.LouiseHay.com). Affirm: I am willing to believe that I am creative. It is safe for me to be creative.

2. Be willing to Learn

As children, we were so open to learning new things, it was a natural process; and as adults, we still have the ability to learn new things, if we are willing. Connecting with creativity is a process and when we are willing to learn, miracles show-up and we experience synchronicities which guide us in the best direction to continue our learning. Affirm: I am willing to learn how to be creative.

3. Show-up and Create

The best way to connect with your creativity is to just show-up at the page and create. Make a list of all the things you loved to do as a child: baking, cooking, painting, beading, gardening, sewing, drawing, colouring, even doodling, to name a few. Then pick one of these to start with and bring it into your daily life. You could bake some cookies and ice them beautifully. Plant some seedlings in your garden. Or even buy some stickers of something you love and stick them in your diary to brighten your day. You could even ask your children to teach you how to colour-in or draw and then you get to spend some quality time with your children while you're at it. It's a process and it all begins with being willing to take the first, small step, then the next steps will show-up (www.theartistsway.com). Affirm: I am willing to create.

My own journey with my creativity has been incredible. I always knew I was creative but I believed that I wasn't creative "enough" and creative jobs are only reserved for the best artists and I wasn't one of them. I grew up surrounded by negativity about artistic careers and therefore thought I had to find a "proper" job to be able to make money because creativity is only for hobbies and real creative people. I spent most of my career finding ways to be creative in my jobs, never realising at the time that I am creative and I can have a creative career if I choose it to be so. And I started small with simple ways of being creative in my daily life. I baked my children's birthday cakes and created amazing parties. I gardened and I sewed dresses for my girls. And slowly, but surely, my gifts and talents started unfolding and my journey still continues. I now express my creativity freely and the more I express my creativity through dancing, painting, cooking and gardening, the more my creativity flows and the more good I can create in the world ~ Alison Livanos 

Read more: www.healyourlifesouthafrica.co.za; www.louisehay.com; www.theartistsway.com

 

Enjoying life is a choice

9 October

Sometimes we get so caught up in the details of life: the being, having and doing; that we forget to enjoy the experiences of life. And for most of us, we have created a habit of moving robotically through our experiences, because of our old negative patterns of thinking and acting; and therefore missing out on the enjoyment and only experiencing the discomfort.  So then, how do we choose enjoy our life experiences?

1. Change your thoughts

The thoughts we think and the words we speak are creating all of our experiences. So when we worry and expect the worst in any experience or situation, that’s what we are creating. And the same goes for if we think the best thoughts and expect joy, then we will have the most enjoyable experiences. Just become aware of your thoughts and observe them when you are in experiences that don’t feel so enjoyable. Affirm: I am willing to change the thoughts creating this experience. Then change them with new thoughts. If you are thinking thoughts such as “I hate…”  you will get exactly that which you “hate”. When you think thoughts about what you enjoy and what you would love to happen, then that’s what you’ll get too. (LouiseHay.com)

2. Making positive choices that suit you

So often, we make unconscious choices out of old habits, even though the choices lead to discomfort and unpleasant experiences. And we don’t even realize that we are doing this. We may say Yes when we actually want to say No and then we complain that we are unhappy, even though it’s our choice. The rule I now live by is that if it’s not an absolute Yes, then it’s a No. Love yourself enough to listen to your inner guidance when making decisions. Ask yourself if this decision will lead to enjoyment or pain and decide from there whether it’s a good choice for you or not. (CherylRichardson.com)

3. Seeing the joy in every experience

There are often experiences and situations that we are already in and the only choice that we can make is to see the pain or the pleasure in the experience. Life is all about experiences of pain and pleasure, the secret is to find the smallest enjoyment in every situation. And feel grateful for it. Step out of the situation, look in and see where the humour lies. Have good laugh and move on. All experiences do pass and it’s far better for an experience to pass, having felt some enjoyment, then moving painfully through the discomfort and missing out on the good stuff.

I have three children and there are responsibilities and situations that I often need to walk through, whether I choose to or not. Such as school events, parent teacher meetings and playdates. Even a trip to the shops can be an enjoyable experience if I choose it to be. I used to be so focussed on the negatives of the situations and worried about what could go “wrong” that I ended up having stressful experiences. When I changed my thoughts about my responsibilities and decided to enjoy my life, the experiences started changing and I started enjoying experiences which I previously disliked. I now choose to see the humour in the trips to the shops where there are meltdowns. And I choose to go to the shops at the quietest times, when my children are all fed and relaxed because that is more enjoyable for everyone. And that’s how I now choose to enjoy my life ~ Alison Livanos