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So many of us lack the patience to wait for God. We lack contemplation.
Myss writes in Entering the Castle, “Contemplation . . . nourishes your soul. It stimulates your relationship with the divine.”

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We are programmed to think negatively. Unfortunately we anticipate tragedy. We are hard wired to shift in that direction. So it does take an effort to be a strong and resilient person. I think the effort is worth it.

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One of the lessons I’ve learned over many years is to not eat the whole enchilada at once. Baby steps have there advantages. You may not reach your destination quickly but you will be going in the right direction.

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Entering your Castle is “embarking on a life’s journey that will transform you and your relationship with God and the world.” This is serious spiritual work. You’ve likely asked yourself, “What is my purpose for being here? or “What am I meant to do? I know I have.

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Positive thinking often starts with self talk. Self talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of a lack of information.

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My plan for this year is to offer guidance in three basic areas: Mental Health, Physical Health and Spiritual Health with a few random topics thrown in on occasion. I hope that you will share my blog with your friends to expand my reach to inspire women.

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I have an idea. Just as an experiment, take three days and practice acceptance. I mean accepting something about another person that you’d prefer were different. When you are faced with that something you do not like follow immediately with a deliberate thought of something you like about the person. It may be something small, even insignificant or it may be something truly important. Pet peeves are a good place to start.

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We usually think of boundaries as fences or barriers to keep us out of an area. In truth personal boundaries come as the result of healthy thinking and a strong self-esteem.

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The more problematic is what to do about people who have caused you pain, physically or emotionally. These people may be risky for you to associate with. You have to decide whether or not to allow the person into your personal circle.

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What is your dream? Do you have a longing that won’t go away?
My hope for you in 2017 is that you will bring your longings into focus, make a plan and achieve your dream.