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oving life a nd loving yourself is not
always easy. We are masters of self
I often dream of a magic wand
that would era se self criticism a nd incre a se
self enc ouragement. I would wave it over our
world and make this wish:
"May all breathing beings beam from
their Divine nature, so we can no longer cast
a ny judgment nor linger on a path where
love ha s condition s."
In the last 25 years, I have had the
honour to touch thousands of people
through my healing work in counselling,
shiat su, pregnancy shiatsu, Qi Gong and
I've noticed a few things about "us". We
a l l come in different shape s. We have our
own life stories but under the skin we are all
the same – the same shades of pain, the same
worry themes, the sa me well of gems.
We are wa lking miracles! E xtraordina ry
manifestations of life.
There is also a chronic lack of self love
going on, in varying degrees a nd we do little
to truly honour life.
I believe there is nothing not to like
about you and everything to embrace.
What is it that prevents us from
experiencing the daily magnificenc e of life?
Each day as we take our first sip of
cons cious air, we c ould be inundated by pure
joy, jumping out of bed with excitement
towa rds a bra nd new day to experienc e.
But mostly we don't feel this way.
I have not found the magic wand but I've
Everything we could possibly need is
within us (whether it be a n infinite source
Shiatsu therapist Erycka Pereira shares a simple healing message for daily life.
of pure unc onditiona l love, more love than
we have ever dreamt of, or the courage to
overc ome whate ver mountain or pit we are
facing. Na me it, we have it!)
A precious friend was sharing with me
this week something I'd like to share with
you, a n e xperience she had upon waking one
morning: for an instant she could recognise
her true self with no time definition.
She could fully feel the true dimension
of her essence – Bliss, infinite Bliss – but in
the blink of an eye the past came rushing in
to determine who she is today.
Her sharing gave me a hint on how
we can start the unconditional self loving
journey. The idea b egins with your precious
body (which is absolutely perfect, by the way,
when you completely give up c omparing).
Let's stretch that Bliss time a little longer
everyday a nd experienc e who we truly are
rega rdless of the chaos around us.
When we rise with the sun we harvest
more energy, we feel so much more alive
than after staying in bed a little longer. I
have al so noticed that the people who age
gracefully are the one s who move their
bodies on a daily basis.
When we practise anything, we are
better at it tomorrow than we were today
a nd if we don't use our flexibility of mind
and body we lose it.
Life is filled with superb spirals , those
going up and those going down – which way
we direct those spirals is up to us.
Stagnation is depressing. Movement is
life gener ating.
We do so much between sunrise and
moonrise, but how much time do we truly
have to ourselves? So I invite you to start the
day with ME time !
Give yourself the daily gift of spare time,
quietness and deep slow breathing.
Rise just a little earlier than you normally
would to water the garden of your soul.
Start with a couple of warm cups of
water, (with a da sh of lemon optional)
As you sip it remember that water is
life, so please indulge in this first and
simple act of self love. Tell yourself a s
you drink, "I love life. I love myself."
‘I have also noticed that the
people who age gracefully
are the ones who move their
bodies on a daily basis.’
(It might feel a bit strange if you are not
used to it, but I have no doubt you will be
Sweet words bring beautiful feelings.
Love is the juice of existence on which we all
thrive. It is so delicious a nd easy to give, why
not start with "home" ?
When you are ready and dressed
c omfortably, start walking in any direction
you wish – don't bring a n iPod, you ne ed to
hear yours elf.
Feel that magic body of yours come more
alive, feel the warmth rising in your flesh, feel
how the earth is so here to hold your steps and
the sky always ready to fulfill your breath. As
your heart is pumping, tell yourself again,
"I'm loving life. I'm loving me".
May this be your little mantra – whenever
anything overwhelms you take few long deep
breaths, rela x your shoulders and tell yourself,
"I'm loving me. I'm loving life".
Reclaim that Bliss of yours !
And guess what? Loving yourself is not
selfish, it's a gift to the world.
How we are in the world is a reflection
of our inner world.
The more we forgive ourselve s the more
we forgive others.
The more we truly love our self the
more we c an truly love others.
Be your best friend, your dream
mother, cherish yours elf, treasure
Relearn to enjoy the gift of
you, the gift of life.
Remember you are a
‘Give yourself the daily gift
of spare time, quietness and
deep slow breathing.’
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