One of my favorite healthy pleasures is recalling at the end of a day my magic moments and my tiny or substantial victories. I highly recommend doing this. Reliving a magical moment or acknowledging a victory replenishes your trust in yourself and the goodness and beauty of life. A magic moment can happen when you are looking at the moon or sunset. It can happen when you are playing with a child, giggling with your friends, or feeling playful at work for no reason. It could be a moment in a movie, at a concert, in nature, or on the subway. A magic moment can happen anywhere, anytime. It is up to us to be available, still, and open enough to experience it. Acknowledging our victories enhances our ability to create more of them. Getting to a yoga class, when you didn’t feel like going, is a victory. Being able to work through a reactive feeling without attacking or shutting down is a great victory. Saying no when it’s difficult but appropriate, or saying yes when you feel like running away. Speaking your mind in a meeting or an important conversation is a victory. Taking a bath when you need it despite of more work that needs to be done, is a victory for the overachiever. Doing work into the night when it is a must, despite of your lazy tendency is a victory. The list is long. We’re not used to acknowledging ourselves for the so-called little victories (or even for the big ones). All victories count; they all give us strength.
The List of Healthy Pleasures:
Start by listing all things that give you pleasure (healthy pleasure as opposed to destructive; I hope you can tell the difference). You should be able to list at least twenty things. Here are some suggestions. Foods, activities, movies, music, books, arts, and crafts, travel, play, sports, working out, dancing, lovemaking, sleeping, baths, singing, laughing, surfing the net, the beach, and the mountains, etc.
Include in your list what would also be fun to do if you dared to be out of your comfort zone. Some examples, skydiving, belly dancing, drumming, rollerblading, scuba diving, rock climbing, dressing up for Halloween, and karaoke.
Make your bucket list. List all the things you would like to do before you pass out of this world. The list may include places you’d like to visit, projects you want to accomplish, skills you want to cultivate, people you want to meet, and experiences you want to have.
Look at all these three lists and commit to doing at least one of your pleasures a day. Make sure you vary your pleasures to cover all three lists. Pleasure is good for your soul and for your looks. It puts a smile in your heart and moves the chi in your body.
An excerpt from the book Available on Amazon by Nomi Bachar “Let the Heart
Nomi Bachar is a holistic counselor, coach, self-healing self-actualization expert, and bestselling author. She is also the founder/director of White Cedar Institute, and the creator of the Gates of Power® Method. Gates of Power® is a method and program to self-heal transform, reach your highest potential, and fulfill your purpose and goals. If you feel you are not fulfilled in your life know that there is a way. Living is experiencing life with your whole self and being present. You Can Achieve that by taking a step to help yourself TODAY. Book yourself a 30-minutes free session with me.
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