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Why is it that we know that smoking kills us (and there is more than plenty of evidence for it), yet we can’t give up our habit? Why can’t we break through our old relationship patterns when we know that they cost us big time, every time?
There is one key to change that does not get discussed nearly often enough and that is: personal power. We need the right amount of personal power to make choices that lead to a healthy, happy, joyful and purpose-driven life.
When the balance in our personal power account increases, it becomes easier to make important decisions, drop addictions, break up with a cheating partner we’ve been putting up with and make other changes to create the life we want.
When we’re operating on a high amount of personal power, the quality of our life goes from being a Commodore 64 to a MacBook. Without enough personal power, we are like a brand new Porsche who can’t make it to the grocery store five miles away because there isn’t enough fuel in it.
Below are 10 ideas to help you increase the amount of personal power you have to improve your satisfaction in different areas of your life. You might find that attending to one that seems easier (like #1) will increase your personal power enough to tackle a more challenging one (such as #5).
So don’t get overwhelmed, just take a small step.
Here we go!
1. Eliminate one expense out of your life you know you don’t really need.
Some examples are: A gym membership that you pay but haven’t used in over six months (or start going!), the high calorie Starbucks drink that you spend $6 on every day, or buying one more pair of sandals to add to the other six pairs you already have just because they were on sale.
You know what it is. Whether it is a $20 or a $200 a month expense, it is still a leak in your life. Plug the drain. Save the money that you free up towards something you want (a trip) or spend it on something that actually adds to your life.
2. Practice getting over your ego and letting the other person be right.
Your ego may be pissed but your heart will thank you for it. It is an act of self-love that increases personal power because you behave in the direction that can help bring you what you want: intimacy and harmony in your relationships.
Our need to be right stems from an unconscious (and rather innocent) attachment to the ego identity we know ourselves to be. When that feels threatened, we get defensive and close our heart to the other person’s needs or perspective. This is a challenge for a lot of us.
Once your personal power numbers start going up, putting your ego aside and choosing peace and love over the ego satisfaction of being right becomes so much easier. This, I believe, alone is a recipe for eternal happiness.
3. Make amends with someone you have unintentionally hurt and haven’t forgiven yourself for.
Call them, show up at their door, or write a letter that you don’t intend to send. It’s time to let go of that dead weight! Express your guilt and what you have learned and forgive yourself.
The benefit of this is twofold:
a) Releasing the guilt frees up that energy to be used creatively in your life.
b) Admitting to your wrongs and taking the step to release the energy of resentment will prevent you from attracting similar situations (sometimes with roles reversed) into your life so you can learn the lesson through the back door.
4. Write a letter of appreciation and gratitude to someone you respect and love.
Be bold, be enthusiastic, be genuine. Think of this letter as a container for how you see and appreciate this person and their positive impact on your life. It is an act that increases personal power because what we honor in others, we activate and appreciate within ourselves.
We give ourselves permission by raising a glass to their wonderful qualities and traits that light up our world. Since our soul knows that we are all one, showering someone else with genuine compliments and appreciation will have the same effect as giving it to yourself.
5. Move on from a job that sucks the life out of you.
You may be rolling your eyes at me but you know it and I know it. It is a drag to get up. You use up so much life energy to get through the day to do it all over again the next day. You could be using that energy to create an exciting future, rather than just to maintain the status quo.
Give yourself the gift of a peaceful, joyful and satisfactory work environment where your contribution is verbally and financially rewarded. Love yourself enough to create a better option for yourself.
6. Practice giving what you need to other people.
For example, if you recognize that you tend to fish for compliments regarding your physical appearance, and need that affirmation, practice giving compliments to other people. Make sure they are genuine. Think of it as your positive thoughts finding physical form through your words and voice.
Appreciate kindness, beauty, creativity, punctuality, honesty, sense of humor and generosity in people. And verbally express it. You will be appreciating and strengthening these very things in yourself.
7. Invite your inner child into your adult life.
Do you remember what gave you immense joy when you were a kid? Even if you had a horrible childhood, there were activities that gave you comfort. Find out what it is and make time to allow yourself to do that.
To give a personal example, when I was a little girl, I liked pretending to be the chef when we were playing house with other neighborhood girls. I would pretend that I was a mom cooking food for six kids and that I had to go and gather supplies for my big dinner.
Now I do the adult version of that, which I call experimental cooking. Basically, I let myself play in the kitchen, make a mess and experiment with different spices, vegetables and made up recipes. Once in a while, I come up with a dish that everybody loves and I get a kick out of it.
The point is to bring that curious child out and let him/her play.
8. Quit trying to change that one thing about you that you deem unlovable.
You aren’t perfect and will never be. If you have a quirk, a habit or a personality trait that you can’t seem to eliminate, now is the time to accept it. Trying to fix or eliminate something in ourselves is no different than being at war with a part of us.
The only way to change something is by giving it room to breathe by accepting it. Maybe you bite your nails, maybe you cut people off when they are talking, maybe you are a jealous lover, maybe you’re always running late. Fine! Just accept its presence.
That trait or habit doesn’t take away from the whole of who you are.
9. Practice voicing your needs and boundaries.
This does not mean that we walk around yelling at people for not meeting our needs or going into rage in blocked up traffic. It just means, if the neighbor keeps leaving his gate open and his dog does his business in your yard every day, talk to your neighbor about it.
If you do it with the intention of healing a relationship in your life and loving yourself by speaking up for yourself rather than just venting or for revenge, the benefits will be immediate.
10. Commit to giving yourself one compliment a day. “I love my hair,” “I love how I make people feel at ease,” “I am a good kisser,” etc.
Can’t do them all? Great! Pick one that tugs at your heart and do it. Allow yourself to experience small victories and watch them add up enough to catapult you into the life that you desire and deserve.
Banu Sekendur is a writer, teacher, intuitive, small business cheerleader and a coach. Her life is dedicated to helping people discover, own and live from who they truly are and build a happy life around that. You can connect with her on Facebook and her website. “Come as you are.”
We see the term "erotica" online, in social media, and on the cover of magazines. Erotica novels, erotica stories, movies, poems and so on. But what does erotica mean? Most people immediately think that erotica equals pornography, and I would disagree. It walks a fine line, don't get me wrong, but erotic media is tasteful and evokes emotions, not just sexual arousal as in the case of pornography. Erotica is based on sexual acts, but appeals to more than that. As a storyline is intertwined into thrilling sexual acts, audience members are brought into the characters' world, not simply external bystanders.
So is erotica media healthy? Yes! You aren't dirty because of your interest in it, the act of exploring your fantasies isn't shameful, and enjoying all aspects of this erotic journey with your trusted partner is extremely good for your relationship.You would actually read about certain characters, about their feelings, emotions and attitudes towards sex and sexual experiences, about their inner sensuality, desires, fantasies and sexual needs. You would read about their sensations, sensations that are connected or inspired by sexual acts, by foreplay, by teasing and playing, by observing, feeling, touching, smelling and tasting the human body. Erotica implies the use of all these sensations and emotions, in real images that you can actually feel, touch and sense when reading or viewing the erotica content.
So how do individuals and couple begin their own erotic journey? One premier website, A Touch of Erotica believes revealing fantasy unleashes desire. From clothing to aphrodisiac foods, the site could be a fantastic place to begin your own erotic adventure. Visitors are able to create wishlists and privately purchase adult products. If you are unable to tell your partner what you are interested in, why not take it one step further and share your wishlist with your significant other and explore products and role play together? Often, when it comes to erotic play, silence speaks far louder than words.
Our mission is to re-discover nature’s magical healing powers by offering you 24 traditional Bulgarian herbal remedies, used by our ancestors over the centuries, to help heal your body and soul. While meeting the demands of our busy lives, we have unnoticeably distanced ourselves from nature, its beauty and powers. We, the team at Bulgar Herbs, are inspired by nature's magical healing qualities, which have long been explored by our ancestors. We are pleased to offer you our Bulgarian herbal recipes, used over the centuries to help treat and alleviate various health related conditions and illnesses.
Ask for recommendations from friends. Herbal Remedies for Various Ailments Colds and their symptoms – Colds are caused by viruses. This means that there is no cure and that several strains can be floating around in the air at any given time. The best way to decrease the duration of a cold is to treat the symptoms. Herbal tea that contains antiviral herbs can help with this. Some to choose from include ginger, Echinacea, yarrow root, lemon balm, garlic and elderflower. The menthol contained in the oils of peppermint can also help open swollen nasal passages when breathing in the steam. Use the essential oil of peppermint with carrier oil like olive oil to spread across the chest to help loosen respiratory secretions. Infections – Several herbs have antibacterial and antifungal properties.
For instance, tea tree oil (also known as “melaleuca”) can be used topically on the skin to help reduce the chance of infection from bug bites, cuts, scrapes and burns. Eating garlic can also help with infections. Goldenseal is a perennial herb that is used in salves and ointments for its antibacterial action. Stomach ailments – These range from diarrhea, constipation and gas to indigestion, upset stomach and irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint leaves contain menthol, which has antispasmodic properties. Eat a few leaves after your meal or steep them in a tea. Chamomile also has antispasmodic properties. It can help you relax and soothe your stomach problems, especially if they are caused by stress. Chewing on a few pieces of ginger root can help relieve nausea as well as gas and bloating. Stress – It happens to us all. Drinking herbal tea and/or massaging your temples with herbal essential oils can relax and soothe you, even help you sleep. The best herbs for the job are valerian, chamomile, lavender, kava kava and ginkgo biloba. There are herbs for just about any ailment you can name. This is just a sampling.
Minimalist health and wellness calls for alternatives. Alternatives remove a person from his or her reliance on Big Pharma and prescription drugs. Understanding the power of herbs can mean the difference between independence and codependency.