September 2, 2009
Vol. 1, Issue 9

In this issue:

  • Quick Notes
  • Soul Journey Resource
  • Featured Article
  • Soul Song Strategy
  • About Becky Waters
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"Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections."

- Unknown


QUICK NOTES

At one time or another, we've all had situations in our life that we wished would have been different. A lot of these "imperfect" situations tend to be things we really had no control over, or perhaps only minimal control. I know I've had my fair share!

But what I've learned, and what I teach my clients, is that the only real control we have is over our own self. We can not change a situation by fighting against it. We can only change our perception of it and how we choose to act in spite of it.

It IS possible to be happy and to have a "delicious life." This month's article gives you five key steps to take toward it.

Enjoy the rest of the issue!

~ Namaste, Becky

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FEATURED ARTICLEDelicious Life

Recipe for a Delicious Life

Imagine enjoying a delicious meal… smell the aromas, taste each luscious bite…. Feel the sensation of being well taken care of…

With a few key ingredients, your life can be just as delicious… It all begins with loving yourself and being willing to receive the good things life has to offer; then making room for those good things to come to you and deciding to make inner peace your main goal; and last but not least, always remembering that whatever "flavor" you put into your life, is the "flavor" you’ll get.

Love Your Self

Love YourselfThis is probably the most important ingredient, yet, it seems to get the most flak. The idea of "self-love" tends to bring up images of selfishness, which most of us have been taught since childhood, especially when it came to sharing our toys... to NOT be selfish.

In the Bible, Jesus admonishes us to "love our neighbor as our self." But in my experience, the passage has been used more to emphasis loving others and forgetting about our self, rather than loving our selves so that we can love others.

But let's look at this logically.... Can you really and truly love another person if you dislike who you are?

Or put another way, how much would you do for someone you dislike? Probably not much, right? And if you don't like yourself, you probably wouldn't be inclined to spend a lot of effort to create a wonderful, prosperous, nurturing life for yourself.

Fortunately, since you're still reading this article, that means that on some level, you must already like yourself a pretty good bit. So, let's turn our question around....

How much would you do for someone you really love? You'd probably go out of your way to do wonderful things for them, right?

So, treat yourself the same way. :)

Stand in front of a mirror and say, "I love you, (state your name)" and "I love myself," then accept the thoughts and feelings that come up.

Many people make a big protest about doing this. But I ask again, "How much would you do for someone you dislike?"

Show yourself a little self-love. Only then can you truly love the other people in your life.

Be Willing to ReceiveBe Willing to Receive

Life is amazing. Despite all the pain and sorrow it can entail, life here on planet Earth is awesome. If you've temporarily forgotten, just go outside and sit in nature or watch the sunset tonight to get back in touch with the wonder of it all.

And the coolest thing is that YOU are so deserving of life to have been given all these wonders of nature to live in, so anything you might want while you're here is a mere trifle in comparison. You see, the universe gives you all that it gives you without condition (your life, your breath, etc). In fact, you could even take the view that the universe has been throwing good stuff to you your whole life, and the only thing that's stopped you from having it is that you've been unwilling to receive it.... Until now.

As you go through your day tell yourself, "I am willing to receive all the good that comes to me," then accept any thoughts and feelings that arise.

Make Room for What You WantMake Room

Nature always fills up a vacuum, so it's important to make space for what you want to bring into your life. This applies not only to the more tangible physical things such as money, furniture, hot dogs, or pies. It also applies to relationships, ideas, and even emotions. If a person is full of bitterness and resentment, there isn't much room for fulfillment and happiness.

Take time to consider what you want to bring into your life, and then start making room for it.

Make Peace with Your Goal

Make PeaceInner peace, and its close relations (happiness, freedom, love, serenity, fulfillment, etc) are what every person ultimately desires. These are the "goals behind the goals" that people are seeking. There is a simple way for you to bring these into your life: Make inner peace your primary goal.

Now, this doesn't mean you have to go around being peaceful and serene all over the place. (Unless you just want to.) Nor does it mean you can't have any other goals. The main point with goals is to not become attached to them. Realize that your ultimate happiness and well-being does not depend on any one of your goals. Instead, in any situation, make peace your ultimate goal. In other words, whenever there is a choice (and there's always a choice), choose peace.

Remember, Life is Like an Ice Cream MachineLife is Like an Ice Cream Machine

Life IS like an ice cream machine. No, really! If you put strawberries into an ice cream machine, you get strawberry flavored ice cream. If you put in peaches, you get peach-flavored ice cream. It's the same with people. When we put fear into our minds and bodies, we get fear-flavored results.

But what happens when you imagine putting feelings of happiness, freedom, abundance, peace, and fulfillment into your ice cream machine? Delicious! :)

If you're not sure what you've been putting into your ice cream machine, check the flavor of your ice cream. This will give you a clear indication of what ingredients you've been using.

What ingredients will you choose to put into your ice cream machine? (Hint: start feeling now the way you'll feel when you've got what you want.)

We all long for a happy, fulfilling life full of all the ‘good stuff’ life has to offer, with minimal hardships and sorrow. Although I can’t promise these five ingredients will ease all your troubles, practicing them daily can put you on a path toward an increased feeling of well-being which can lead you to that happy, fulfilling life you deserve.

© 2009 Becky Waters

- Resource: adapted from selected Instant Happiness Cards, Jamie Smart, www.saladltd.co.uk


SOUL SONG STRATEGY

Going Deeper

In the five steps described above, I hope you will take time to really work with each one. Here are some ideas to help you go deeper and to really integrate these concepts into your life.

Self-Love

  • Say the "I love you.... I Love myself" statement 10 times every morning as you are getting ready for your day. Look directly into your eyes as you say it, and say it with feeling. Be okay with whatever emotions or thoughts come up. As you practice this daily, it will get easier, and... you might just start believing it!

  • Write the "I love you.... I love myself" affirmation in your journal 30 times each day for a week. If negative type thoughts or emotions come up, add a "garbage column" so that you can get that negativity out.

  • Take some time to journal about the "yeah but" thoughts and emotions that surface as you say or write your love statements. Explore deeper to see where they came from. Whose voice is responding? Can you identify the core underlying belief. (It typically has to do with some sense of unworthiness.)

Willing to Receive

  • To help you remember to remind yourself that you are "willing to receive all the good..." make a game out of it. Decide to say this affirmation everytime you walk through a doorway, or everytime you get up from your desk, or every hour, or find something that you do many times throughout the day that could act as a reminder for you. Do this for a week and notice if you feel any less resistance to the idea.

  • Write the "willing to receive" statement in your journal 30 times each day. Add a "garbage column" if you have a lot of resistance coming up.

  • Explore the "yeah but" resistance to discern its root cause or belief.

  • When you're ready to move this up a notch, begin saying, "I am open to receive all the good that comes to me."

Make Room for What You Want

  • If you are not sure what you DO want, make a list of what you don't want and then turn that around.

  • Each day, or several times a week, write a page in your journal about how your life will look when you have what you want. How will you feel? How will you be different? What will you be doing? Add in as many details as you can.

  • Explore ways you can make room for what you want. Make a list and then do one thing each day to pave the way for it to come into your life.

Make Peace With Your Goals

  • For each goal, look underneath at what you really want. What is the emotion or feeling that you're really wanting, that you think this goal will give you?

  • Make a reminder sign to "Choose Peace" and put it up around your house or desk at work.

  • Before making a decision, whether it's a small decision like where to go for lunch, or a big decision like whether to move to a new house, take time and consider the ultimate outcome that you want. How could this choice be a peaceful, "win-win" for everyone involved?

Remember the Ice Cream Machine

  • If you are feeling a less than positive emotion, let that be a reminder to go inside and reassess. What would you rather be feeling?

  • Shift out of a negative emotion by deliberately looking for something to appreciate. If you can't see anything in the situation you are in at that moment, then find SOMETHING to appreciate about something else - even if it's just the nice weather! Then, find something else to appreciate. Keep looking for things to appreciate for 5-10 minutes or until you feel a shift to a more positive emotion such as hopefullness, optimism, or a positive expectation.


About Becky Waters

Becky Waters, Intuitive Composer, Soul Journey Coach, and Vibrational Energy Healer, helps men and women who want more out of life to reconnect with their Inner Essence through the music of their Soul. Having walked the Spiritual Path for over 15 years and been a creative intuitive all her life, she teaches spiritual seekers how to access the deep inner Truths of Who They Really Are. From this place, they are better able to align their thoughts, words, and actions so they can have more peace, more fulfillment, more personal power... more of their true heart's desire. Download a free report to learn the "3 Steps to a Better Life Right Now" at www.YourSoulJourneyCoaching.com.


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