On a Tuesday evening in May my husband found out that he was going to be on tour with his band for 2 months in Fall. Now, it’s hard enough for me to be apart for that long. But him being away also meant that he wouldn’t be able to go to a show with me that we had both been looking forward to for a long time, AND he would miss my parents’ first long awaited visit from Germany to California – I was devastated, sad and pretty darn disappointed upon first hearing the news. You know that feeling of “This just can’t be happening, this MUSTN’T be true”; when you know deep down that things will turn out the opposite of what you were preparing for, but you’re still fighting this knowledge tooth and nails? As if you could change the situation through the power of sheer desperation, holding on to your little perfect dream version of the coming months as if your life depended on it…
Yeah. That was me that day.
What’s a girl to do when she’s emotionally frazzled? Go to the library and get an inspiring, comforting book. That’s when I finally got my hands on Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, THE bible for women’s health which had been on my to-read list for a long time. And boy, this life-changing epic came at the exactly right time! This book is so inspiring, educating, eye-opening, heart-warming and ultimately empowering!
Christiane Northrup, M.D., doesn’t only offer detailed knowledge about the female anatomy, many common pathologies and challenges as well as standard and alternative treatment options. She also shares her deep wisdom about the emotional aspects of illness, health and healing. Her deeply spiritual and intuitive approach truly hits home for me – so many diseases and imbalances can be traced back to emotional trauma. No matter if classically trained doctors can find a physical cause or not, emotions are always at least a factor.
Through tales from her own life and countless stories from female patients, colleagues and friends she beautifully illustrates the mind-body connection. So many times while reading this book my heart just opened up wide, and I felt this endless relief: Finally, here’s a place where I feel understood and celebrated as a women, where my so called flaws and weaknesses are really inherent strengths, and where everything finally makes sense – both logically and intuitively.
My personal breakthrough: Reducing menstrual cramps to a slight pulling sensation in my belly by simply not eating any eggs and dairy products the week before my period. Who would have thought there’d be such an easy answer?
I used to have to take painkillers on every first day of my period due to intense cramps, but not anymore, thanks to a small dietary adjustment!
This book is full of simple tips like this one, as well as deep and profound wisdom.
What would happen if we saw all the aches and tension in our bodies, all emotional discomfort, PMS, periods, menopause and labor not as annoyances to be avoided at all costs – but as deeply wise, profound and loving guidance from our bodies? Our physical and emotional bodies aren’t primitive, nor are they something to suppress, ignore and fight. They’re our deepest source of wisdom. And this insight, so passionately, relatable and at the same time scientifically sound presented by Dr. Northrup, has positively and powerfully changed my life. Period! 🙂
*This post was first published on http://www.energiesinmotion.com on September 12th, 2016
Money is a topic that can push all kinds of buttons: From “There is never enough”, over “Rich people are greedy, corrupt and unhappy” to “Money is the root of all evil”, we all have our hidden – or not so hidden – limiting beliefs about money. We all (or most of us) want more of it, and yet keep repelling it, (often completely unconsciously) coming from a place of lack and feeding our poverty mindset.
I started working on my money stuff and self-worth about a year ago, and let me tell you, it’s a work in progress! Nancy Levin’s book Worthy – Boost Your Self-worth To Grow Your Net-worth – has definitely propelled me a huge step forward on my journey to financial ease.
She does a wonderful job at taking you by the hand and walking you through many exercises, reframes and real life stories about money, financial troubles and financial transformation. She takes it slowly and step by step, carefully guiding you through her Worthy coaching process; and this care is much appreciated since money IS such a sensitive topic.
Levin starts by uncovering hidden beliefs, excuses and habitual patterns around money and slowly helps you to transform these into more supportive and positive beliefs, empowered actions and healthy money habits. Even though I’ve been working on my money story for about a year, there’s still a lot of work to do for me, as there are many layers to the issue and many stubborn negative beliefs that take time, practice and awareness to uproot.
I especially love how Nancy builds a connection between your sense of self-worth and your financial state. If you start attracting more money into your life without building up the corresponding self-esteem first, it’s like trying to build a house without a ground floor. It’s a constant struggle without anything to show for!
Working through this book, I have been able to strengthen my sense of self-worth by internalizing that we are all naturally deserving, worthy and valuable, simply by being alive. Simply by being spirits in physical bodies, knowing that we all carry a spark of divinity in us that makes us inherently blessed and abundant. It’s not always easy to really feel and believe this about ourselves, so every reminder of this beautiful piece of wisdom is highly appreciated! 🙂
If you feel like your self-worth and financial life could use a little update, this book is for you! 🙂 That being said, I wanna leave you with my favorite affirmation from the book (repeat after me ;)):
“I am unconditionally worthy of all that I desire.”
Please let me know in the comments below:
What are your beliefs about money?
What would change in your life if all your beliefs about money were positive and empowering?
What in your life makes you feel abundant already?
Have a prosperous and abundant week! $$$