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Listening to the self: inner guidance and happiness

Part 23

By Pam Garcy

In one way or another, these newsletters have been preparing you to get more in tune with what is in your heart so that you can allow your life to be about what is important to you.

How often do you get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the day, forgetting to take a moment to really stop and consider YOU? How might entering a state of joy and bliss lead you back to yourself?.

If you'd like, you can experiment with this little exercise and see if it helps you to rekindle your innate connection to what is already within you.

Start by dedicating a small amount of time to yourself today. Even if it is only 5 minutes, these minutes can be very wonderful and revealing, and you will allow YOU to emerge in the process. While giving yourself more time can be helpful, it is also beneficial to take only a few minutes when longer breaks aren't as practical.

Once you've dedicated the time to begin this exercise, you might want to find a quiet place where you can close your door, turn off your phone, and even loosen any tight clothing. You might want to kick off your shoes as well. Finding a comfortable place to sit down or recline, you can allow yourself to experience a moment to just r-e-l-a-x.

During this special time, allow a moment for your body and mind to settle. Then, imagine any thoughts of your day floating and descending, landing in the corner of the room where they'll wait on you while you enjoy the moments which follow. They will return to you when you decide that it is time to return your attention to them.

Now, allow your attention to turn to your breathing. Taking a few moments, you may slowly breathe and exhale the gentle and soft air. Can you simply notice the air as it enters and leaves your body? As you do so, you may decide to take a moment to acknowledge your glorious body and appreciate that this automatic process of breathing can occur, even without your attention to it.

Once you feel more still and settled, you might want to allow the happiest version of your current self to appear in your mind's eye. Notice everything about this version of yourself. This beautiful individual is welcoming you and inviting you to see all that has led to the great pleasure. Perhaps you are learning something from this harmonious human, or perhaps you are simply getting in touch with the possibilities that already are within you--possibilities which include the expansion of what is already good and already within you.

Next, get in touch with how it feels to feel completely filled with happiness and joy. Experience the delight within your body, and throughout every cell. How does it feel to embody bliss?.

Now simply ask yourself, am I here already? Maybe the answer is yes.

If it is no, then ask, "What can I improve now so as to arrive at this joyful place?" Watch and listen to whatever emerges, even if what emerges is silence, because the answer is a clue. If you learn something about yourself, see how you might begin to ethically honor the answer that emerges for you. As you begin to ethically honor yourself, you begin to walk upon your path, and this strengthens your trust in yourself. You now know that you will follow through on what is important to you, and this leads you to tuning in more frequently, and to running your life from a place of integrity.

Pam Garcy, PhD is a Psychologist and Coach in Dallas, Texas. If you'd like a partner in reaching your goals and overcoming the obstacles that seem to stand in your way, please contact Dr. Pam for coaching at drgarcy@aol.comDr. Garcy offers a special 10% coaching discount to all valued subscribers of Cultivate Life and to customers of DrPam's best-selling books - including the bestsellers The Power of Inner Guidance: Seven Steps to Tune In and Turn On and Wake Up Moments of Inspiration

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