Coming Home to Yourself – How to Plan A Weekend Retreat for your Body, Mind and Soul

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Coming Home to Yourself:
How to Plan a Weekend Retreat for your Body, Mind and Soul

by Luzia Light

Are you in the wrong place at the wrong time? What’s going on in your life right now? Are you doing work that makes your heart sing and your soul rejoice? Are you in a love relationship that is filled with mutual love, respect and support? Are you living in your dream home? Your dream neighbourhood? Your dream country? What area of your life feels ‘like totally’ off? Take some time during your weekend retreat to reflect on these kind of questions.

I find when people are in the wrong place at the wrong time, they get cranky, moody, they get sick a lot and they gain weight from trying to somehow get extra energy from more food, especially sugar. This state of being, where your life feels off, makes you feel unwell. Somehow, your spirit doesn’t seem to inhabit your entire body. Your spirit kind of thinks about your life: “meh”. It doesnt get excited, so it retreats and your body feels tired and exhausted all the time, no matter how much sleep you get.

Coming home to yourself means your spirit is coming back into your body, fully committed, 100% excited about what is happening in your life. You need to figure out where the right place is and the right time for you, personally. The best way to figure this out is by taking a step back and taking some time out. Here are some ideas for planning your personal Weekend Retreat.

Weekend Retreat Preparation

  1. Go grocery shopping for healthy meals and snakcs and relaxing herbal teas.
  1. Do your laundry and tidy up your home. Maybe do a bit of cleaning, too, but tidying is most important for relaxing.
  1. Cancel all unimportant appointments.
  1. Arrange your alone-time. Send your children to Grandma’s house or arrange sleepovers at their friends’ house. Tell their parents you’ll return the favour another weekend. Tell your significant other that you need some alone time this weekend. Send him (or her) to the golf course, to the hockey game or to a mall. Alternatively, you could go away for the weekend and book yourself into a little Bed & Breakfast somewhere in the country or by the sea. Figure out what works best for you, but arrange some time to be by yourself. If a whole weekend is out of the question, make it a day or an afternoon.
  1. Unplug. You need your phone in case of emergencies, of course, but resolve to not constantly check your messages. You might want to watch a movie on your computer, but try to refrain from mindless internet browsing and facebook scrolling. Just for this weekend focus on yourself, not on the billions of other people on the internet.
  1. Write a list right now and start planning your weekend retreat. What needs to be done to make this a reality maybe even this coming weekend?

Your Weekend Retreat

1. Plan lots of self-care activities. Here are some ideas:

– Sleep in and take naps.

– Take a long bubble bath.

– Give yourself a mani/pedi.

– Buy yourself some body lotion with your favourite scent.

– Go for walks and take pictures with your phone of interesting and beautiful things.

– Read a book.

– Get a stack of your favourite magazines from the library.

– Be a tourist in your own town and do some sightseeing.

– Eat lots of healthy, delicious food.

– Sit in a comfortable armchair in a quiet spot and just enjoy a cup of tea and do nothing else.

– Take deep breaths.

– Light candles.

– Listen to relaxing spa-music.

– Play fun and uplifting songs you can sing along to.

– Dance wildly in your living room.

2. Coming Home to Yourself Activities

– Write in your journal and explore. Ask yourself: Where would you rather be right now in your life? Where would you rather be on Monday morning? Find out where you – your spirit, your true self – really wants to be.

– Take some pennies to a fountain and make as many wishes as you can think of. This is a beautiful way to find out about your deepest desires.

– Do only things you love doing. Maybe you don’t even know what those are. It’s time to explore!

– Meditate. 10-20 in the morning and evening. While meditating, ask God/Goddess or your inner wisdom: What do I want? What do I need to be happy? What do I need to know to live my life with more joy?

– Go for a walk in nature. Do a walking meditation and just walk mindfully, being aware of the present moment. Talk to the trees and the birds or even the rocks. If they had words what would they tell you?

– Get some old magazines, a pair of scissors and a glue stick and make a little collage.

Make one collage about what your life looks and feels like right now. Then make a second collage about what you really want your life to look and feel like.

At the end of your Weekend Retreat

Think about what changes you want to make in your life to live more in harmony with your body, mind and soul. Dream, imagine, visualize! What action steps can you take now that move you in the direction of your ideal life? Make a plan! Have fun!

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The Daily Goddess’ Guide to Living a Life you Love E-Book is here!

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The Daily Goddess’ Guide to Living a Life you Love
Book #1: Simplify your Life

Being a Goddess in today’s world really means being a woman who enjoys living a happy and fulfilling life. This is easier said than done, obviously. Today’s Goddesses are facing every day challenges from finding a parking space during rush hour to paying bills, raising kids, cooking healthy meals, making time for daily exercise, advancing in important careers, nurturing loving relationships with  boyfriends or husbands, family and friends, running daily errands and tending to every day household chores. Yet somehow, when we stop for a moment during our busy days, thoughts enter our minds such as: Isn’t there more to life? Why am I always rushing around? Can I take a break from my life ever? Do I have to wait for retirement to begin living my life and enjoying fun adventures? Why does my life feel sometimes like a runaway train without the emergency breaks?

And so, I decided to start a blog in 2012 in search of this seemingly ever elusive life of joy and fun. I wanted to find out if it’s possible to find inner peace, true fulfillment and contentment, profound joy, not just happiness, without having to enter a convent or living the life of a tibetan monk in a monastery. I named my blog “The Daily Goddess” because I don’t want to live the life of a Goddess just sometimes, but every single day. The Daily Goddess’ Guide to Living a Life you Love contains some of the blog posts I have written over the years, exploring ways to

– simplify your life
– connect to spirit
– expand love
– embrace well-being
– create divine abundance
– do what you love
– make your dream life a reality

This book is the first in the series and explores ways to simplify your life.
Enjoy, have fun, be inspired!

Goddess Blessings,
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Luzia Light
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The Daily Goddess’ Guide to Living a Life you Love
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How To Create a Health & Well-Being Vision Board

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by Luzia Light

It’s time to get a vision of your healthy lifestyle, your ideal lifestyle. What do you want to change? What needs to happen for you to feel absolutely fabulous in your wonderful body? What parts of your body need healing? What do you desire, yearn for? More rest and relaxation? More adventure and exercise? A vacation in a warmer climate? Being able to go running or walking in a park or forest? Maybe you would like to buy more organic food and prepare healthier meals. What about your mental health? What do you need to reduce stress in your life? These are all questions to consider. So before you begin making your health vision board, take some time to sit down with a cup of your favourite drink and a notebook or piece of paper and start writing down what you really want for your body, mind and soul? What kind of healthy lifestyle choices do you really want to make, but maybe keep forgetting? Write it all down and keep that list close by when you start working on your board. Think of 3-5 power words that really reflect where you want to go and what you want to manifest. Come up with a few affirmations in the present tense that reflect your ideal life style. What do you wish were true for you right now? Write it down as if it already is.

  1. Gather materials.
    – a poster board, pin board or a foam board
    – glue sticks, scotch tape or pins for the pin board
    – a pair of scissors
    – used magazines: try your local library or thriftstore, they usually sell stacks of them for very little money, ask friends and neighbours, you might already have your own stack of magazines. Travel brochures work well, too, or department store catalogues, even newspapers might have some great headlines especially in the advertising sections. Also consider going online and printing out images and words you want to collect for your health vision board.
  1. Have your list of ideas, power words and affirmations handy. Keeping those in mind, go through the magazines and let yourself be guided to images and words that resonate with your soul, with your inner being. What do you really need – deep down – to feel great? Cut out pictures and words and collect them in a pile. When you feel that you are done, go through the pile and select your favourite ones.
  1. Lay your pictures and words out on your board. Move them around until they feel juuuuuussst right. Then start glueing or taping. Add other media, like write down affirmations with felt pens, add some sparkles if you like, be creative.
  2. Hang your health and well-being vision board somewhere where you will see it often. I think the kitchen is the perfect place. You can even create a visionboard on your fridge with fridge magnets. Change them around and add images as you come across more inspiration over time. In Western Fengshui, the center of your home is the perfect place to hang a welath vision board. In traditional Feng Shui it’s the East sector. But it has to feel right for you.

Of course health does not simply come from looking at your board, but it helps you to think about making healthy choices every day. It’s a reminder. And it will shift the way you feel, you may begin to feel more hopeful and may think: Yes! It can be done. Yes, it is possible! This woman there, whoever she is, is doing it, and so can I. ;-) You are the creator of your healthy lifestyle. Go make your dreams come true!

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The following is a step-by-step plan to create a compelling vision board: Gather Supplies Get a nice size sturdy poster board. I like the kind which has poster board on two sides with foam in the middle. This makes for a sturdy board. It is also easy to hang. Rubber cement is nice, but you can use glue sticks to start with. The subject is health, so look through magazines you have at home, or even go to a good bookstore with a supply of magazines. Don’t limit yourself to just your favorite magazines or even health magazines. You may find a word of inspiration in a Field and Stream magazine! I love Simple Living and Oprah’s magazine’s as well as inspirational and healthy cooking magazines. Just don’t limit yourself to your normal! Have a supply of pens and markers available. Time for Intention This is the most important step you can take with creating a board! You need to plan a quiet time and really spend time exploring what it is you really are wanting to achieve. It really should be a “heart” goal. This is a goal YOU really want in the deep parts of your heart. For example, you think it would be great to lose 30 pounds in 2012, but you really don’t believe you can achieve this goal. You may need a coach to help you work through some mindsets or false belief systems before you can connect in your heart with a goal you want to achieve. Get clear on what it is you want to manifest in your life. You may want to add more whole foods in your life, or move more in the coming year. Get CLEAR! Gather Pictures, Words, and Phrases Start looking through your stacks of magazines. Tear or cut out words, phrases, and pictures that really “POP” when you are looking through. You may not use everything you tear out. Don’t worry, this exercise is to pull together items that you are attracted to. Sort Through Everything It is now time to look through your words, phrases, and pictures. Take your board, and start placing or grouping words and pictures in a way that feels right to you. There will be pictures and words you don’t use because they no longer feel right or fit. Take time with this process. When you are content with the look of your arrangement start gluing the content to the board. Fill in other words or captions with your pens or markers. You can hang your finished work on the refrigerator, in the kitchen, home office, or any other area where you will have frequent contact. This is a very simple overview on how to create a  vision board. When I teach a class, or group, whether live or virtual, this can be a workshop that last’s an entire day. Another great way to create a board is a site I have found on Oprah.com. You can create an O Board. At this site you are able to upload your own photos and create your own power words and phrases. The really nice thing is when you are done, you can send this to a participating photo shop, and have any size you want printed off! – See more at: http://momitforward.com/setting-goals-4-steps-to-creating-a-health-vision-board#sthash.ZyRbrruC.dpuf

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10 Quotes that Celebrate your Beautiful Body

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1. “Take your time and your talent and figure out what you have to contribute to this world. And get over what the hell your butt looks like in those jeans!”
~ GoddessAmerica Ferrera

2. “Step Away from the Mean Girls and say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks. Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others. This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you’re too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world.”
― Goddess Oprah Winfrey

3.  “My limbs work, so I’m not going to complain about the way my body is shaped.”
~ Goddess Drew Barrymore.

4. “Young women, don’t worry so much about your weight. What makes you different or weird, that’s your strength.”
~ Goddess Meryl Streep

5. “Even though it will never be flat again, my stomach is still my favourite because it reminds me of my greatest achievement: my Babies.”
~ Goddess Isla Fisher

6. “Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters – on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.”
~ Goddess Michelle Obama

7. “You’ve been provided with a perfect body to house your soul for a few brief moments in eternity. So regardless of its size, shape, color, or any imagined infirmities, you can honor the temple that houses you by eating healthfully, exercising, listening to your body’s needs, and treating it with dignity and love.”
~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

8. “How I feel about myself is more important than how I look. Feeling confident, being comfortable in your skin – that’s what really makes you beautiful.”
~ Goddess Bobbi Brown

9. “When we’re awake in our bodies and sense, the world comes alive. Wisdom, creativity, and love are discovered as we relax and awaken through our bodies.”
~ Goddess Tara Brach

10. “You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”
~ Goddess Amy Bloom

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 painting: “Nude seated in a Landscape”, 1883, Pierre Auguste Renoir

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The Well-Being Checklist

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The Well-Being Checklist

by Luzia Light

Write yourself a well-being checklist. What is it you, personally, really need to be well, to feel good right now? If you don’t feel 100% happy, exhilarated, excited about your life, if you are not absolutely free of discomfort or pain, if you don’t feel completely and vibrantly healthy in your body, mind and soul, then you need to figure out what is missing in your life. What do you need to feel good every single day? Besides the obvious healthy eating, adequate sleep and exercise, what would your well-being checklist look like? Well-being really refers to your ‘being’, your whole being, not just your body. You are a human being, which means a spirit and a body. What does your spirit need to feel well? If your spirit feels well, so does your body. Here are three things that are on my well-being check list.

1. Having Fun!

Having fun is the best thing you can do for your health. Being silly, laughing about jokes, seeing your life’s challenges with a sense of humour, being spontaneous and up for new adventures, planning short and long vacations all can be part of having fun. Know what fun means to you and make room for it in your life.

2. Self-Care.

Self-care is an extremely important tool on your road towards well-being. Self-care prevents illness and helps to cure it, too. Always make time for self-care, at least once a week, daily is better. Relax, put up your feet, take a nap, eat a healthy snack, enjoy a cup of tea, buy yourself flowers, get a massage or a facial, have a bubble bath. Take a mental health day off work and stay in bed to read a book. Journal, be creative, spend time with your hobbies. Even canceling unimportant appointments and being able to say no can all be part of self-care. Know what self-care means to you and schedule time for your personal self-care activities.

3. Love!

Love yourself, others, your body, your entire life. Love heals. It’s true. Love heals your heart, your mind and your whole body. When you feel love, you are vibrating at a high frequency and are perfectly in tune with your Higher Self, God and the Universe. Where there is love, there is well-being. Spend time every day to focus on love. Think of people who are easy to love, like your children, or your pet. Think of things and experiences that you love. Wear clothes you love, eat food you love. Think of things you love about yourself. Do things you love as often as possible. Expand the love in your life and feel its healing power.

Today’s Mantra: Have fun, relax and feel the love.

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Sun Salutation: Begin your Day with Yoga

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Surya – The Sun God

In Hindu mythology, Surya represents the Sun god. Surya is depicted as a red man with three eyes and four arms, riding in a chariot drawn by seven mares. Surya holds water lilies with two of his hands. With his third hand he encourages his worshipers whom he blesses with his fourth hand. In India, Surya is believed to be a benevolent deity capable of healing sick people.

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Surya Namaskara – Sun Salutation

Surya Namaskara, also known in English as Sun Salutation, is a common sequence of Yoga postures or asanas. This sequence  can be practised on varying levels of awareness, ranging from that of physical exercise to a complete sadhana (spiritual practice) which incorporates asana, pranayama, mantra and chakra meditation. It is often the beginning vinyasa (breath-synchronized movement), within a longer yoga series.

How To Practice Sun Salutation

These 12 Yoga postures are a good way to keep the body in shape. Sun Salutations stretch all the major muscle groups of the body, relax the mind, and help you to deepen your breath. If you are looking for a way to reduce stress in your life, this is it. Surya Namaskar is best done early morning on an empty stomach. Each Sun Salutation round consists of two sets. 12 yoga poses complete one set of Surya Namaskar. To complete the second half, you need to repeat the same sequence of postures, only moving the left leg instead of the right (in steps 4 and 9 given below).

Gratitude for the Sun

Besides good health, Surya Namaskar also provides an opportunity to express gratitude to the sun for sustaining life on this planet. Start your day with a feeling of grace and gratitude towards the sun energy.

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Today’s Video: Barbora Moravkova from Ayurveda Holistic Medicine presents an easy step by step guide on how to practice Sun Salutation.

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How to Create a Healing Space in your Home

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How to Create a Healing Space in your Home

  1. Pick an area of your home and dedicate it to be your healing space. This could be a corner of a room, a whole room or your entire home. Intuitively pick the space that is right for you. What feels best?
  1. Declutter. Get rid of everything that doesn’t make you happy in your healing space. Photographs of people you find stressful to be around, art work and statues you don’t really like, books that you will never read again. Release absolutely everything you don’t need or love. Give it to someone who has a use for it, or give it to a charity. If it’s too worn out, recycle or trash it.
  1. Clean your space. Fill a spray bottle half with water and half with vinegar and clean surfaces, windows and picture frames. Give everything a good wipe. Sweep, vacuum, swiffer and clean out that old, dusty energy. Draw back the curtains and open the windows to let in sunshine and fresh air.
  1. Decorate your Healing Space or entire home by considering what feels good for you. Here are some ideas:

• Play beautiful, relaxing music.

• Display candles in a glass on top of small river rocks.

• Light small table lamps instead of bright overhead lighting.

• Quartz crystals are a wonderful addition to any home and lift the energy immediately. You can never have too many quartz crystals. They absorb negative energy, so make sure you clean them regularly. You can either hold them under running water or soak them in salt water for a few hours and then rinse them.

• Display big plants in baskets or clay pots. Plants naturally purify the air in your home.

• Create a house altar, if you don’t already have one. Click here for inspiration.

• Display beautiful items such as a statue of the Medicine Buddha or White Tara for healing energy. White Tara is associated with health and longevity.

• Keep a deck of inspirational cards on a tray. Angel cards, e.g., have only positive, uplifting messages.

• Display a small shelf with your favourite books that bring comfort and healing to your soul, like Louise Hay’s “You can heal your Life”, or Cheryl Richardson’s “Life Makeovers”, etc. Any literature that encourages self-care, self-love and positive affirmations.

• Your healing space needs comfortable seating. Consider a soft and cozy armchair, blankets, lots of pillows and sheepskin rugs for your feet.

• Have an essential oil diffuser in your healing space. Use lavender for relaxation, eucalyptus for muscle soreness, lemon for depression or jasmine for fatigue, to name just a few.

• Consider getting a Himalayan rock salt lamp. It is said to clear the air of toxins by producing negative ions when it is heated by a lightbulb or a candle. They also look beautiful and magical.

• Display a bowl of fresh fruit, nuts or other healthy snacks.

• Hang feng shui wind chimes in front of sharp corners to soften the energy. 5 rod wind chimes are used for cures because 5 is the number of change. Wind chimes lift up the energy in the home as the energy goes up through the rods.

• Place a Tibetan singing bowl on your altar and use its beautiful sound to clear negative energy.

• Display treasures of nature in your home that you may find during a walk or from your last vacation: feathers, rocks, shells, driftwood, tree bark, pine cones etc.

• Cut some fresh branches from a bush or cherry tree and display them in a vase.

• Grow your own herbs in small pots on your window sill.

• Consider replacing artificial materials such as plastic containers and such with natural materials. Natural materials have a very grounding feeling to them and they never emit toxic gases, like formaldehyde, etc. Think of baskets, wool rugs, solid wood furniture, hardwood floors, tiles, glass, curtains made of cotton or no curtains at all, bamboo placemats, ceramic bowls, wooden trays, cashmere throws.

• Get a table water fountain or create your own with a water pump, a ceramic bowl and river rocks. Listen to the relaxing sound of the flowing water.

• Keep a journal and pen near your armchair to write down your thoughts.

• Place a tray on an ottoman or on a side table to hold your tea cup. Add a teapot and a tealight warmer to keep your tea warm.

• Ask for divine guidance. You could ask Archangel Raphael or your Spirit Guides to help you create healing energy in your home. Say a little prayer and set your intent.

• Imagine your healing space filled with bright soothing healing light and love.

• Schedule time in your daily agenda to spend in your healing space. Relax, meditate, read, write, enjoy a cup of herbal tea, do nothing. Enjoy! :-)

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