Day 8 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: What are some of your strengths in taking care of your soul? #spiritualselfie
The first step in taking care of my soul is recognizing its presence. Finally, I am at a place where I have full appreciation of my soul. Using intuitive skills, I regularly read my spiritual essence and allow space to honor my soul level truth and plans. Most times, my mind wants to control things, but I am getting much better at ignoring its tricks and games. I am able to recognize the foreign energies in my space and diligently work on letting go of any energy which blocks my soul’s wishes.
In my relationships, I also recognize others’ truth at the soul level. This helps me in ignoring what they say or do in a given moment and anchoring on the purity of their essence. As a result, my connections with people are much deeper and stable.
From the perspective of maintaining psychic hygiene, I keep my aura, physical, astral and emotional bodies clean. I fine tune my chakras, body channels and body glands for proper functioning of my body. These practices help me in releasing my own limitations and stepping into my soul’s truth. As we live through many lifetimes, unwanted karma gets accumulated. I work hard in clearing out any past lives karma so that I can experience true bliss and joy. I also let go any unconscious contracts with others souls and redefine them based on my consciousness and truth.
The most important step in taking care of my soul is living life in detachment from the chatter in the physical world and being in communion with the Supreme Being. Connecting my inner divinity with the universal divinity is ultimately what makes my soul dance with joy.
Day 9 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: What are some of the limitations in how you see yourself, and what have you done to start healing that? #spiritualselfie
Growing up, I took standards set by society, family, religion and culture to my heart and sincerely believed that I wasn’t good enough. In every area of my life, I saw myself failing. I believed that I was not good looking and had plenty of body issues to deal with. In my relationships, I couldn’t measure up against everyone’s expectations and felt like a looser. In academics and career, I saw myself unintelligent and unconfident. I held the limiting belief that I was undeserving and I needed to work very hard to achieve anything in life. Basically, the feeling of inadequacy affected my perception in every single aspect of my life. As law of attraction would have it, the experiences I encountered reflected my belief system and made it much worse. All this was driven by foreign energy within my solar plexus chakra, which is the source of personal power and governs self-esteem. This foreign energy skewed how I viewed myself, that is, my self-image in the fourth aura layer. It also altered how I communicated and saw the world around me. All of these things combined made me feel suffocated and withdrawn internally.
My first step was bringing awareness to this foreign energy and reminding myself that I can heal it. I diligently mediated to release this energy for years. Most recently, I used tools such as, grounding, aura cleansing and releasing pictures by mocking up my reading space. The deep awareness helped me in understanding the roots of my thoughts. The practice of mindfulness further enabled me to separate my true self from the thoughts generated by this energy. When these thoughts did arise, I merely played the role of a witness. After all this work in any given moment, I am currently at the stage of managing this energy well. This foreign energy is still not completely released from my space yet, but it doesn’t have a grip on my life anymore. Now I embrace my imperfections and see tremendous beauty in them. Finally, I am at a place of living an empowered life and enjoying the calm and peace within me.
Picture: this pic was taken at my wedding a few years ago. I have to admit that my wedding pictures triggered severe thoughts of imperfections related to my facial features, outfit, make-up, hair, etc. I share this with a lot of humility that now I only see perfection and immense beauty in the woman photographed here. :)
Day 10 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: Share a story about healing your self-image? #spiritualselfie
Out of all the prompts that I have responded to in this challenge thus far, this story is the toughest one to share on the social media.
I want you all to meet Gudiya (meaning: doll). When she was born, she felt rejected by her mother, who was expecting a much better looking child and hoping for a boy. Her father didn’t embrace her until a situation forced him to hold her when she was 6 months old. Both parents’ actions were driven off of cultural and social conditioning, which neither was conscious about. Time passed by and both of her parents were busy in their lives, doing what they had to do. Gudiya was a sensitive child. She felt very lonely and felt the constant yearning to be loved, accepted and understood. She responded to this situation by becoming very quiet and shy. Her confidence was completely shattered as she was confused about why she wasn’t loved as much as she wanted to. Gudiya felt the emotions of abandonment and blamed herself for causing them.
In her childhood, Gudiya had many friends, but none of them was acquainted to her true self. Most friends appreciated her because of her ability to understand and listen. She was a master of hiding her own emotions and holding a loving space of everyone around her.
When Gudiya grew up, she transformed into a strong and independent woman, but deep inside she was still a little girl who simply wanted to love and be loved. She believed that she was inadequate and not good enough in any aspect of life. Due to this feeling, she constantly feared rejection from people close to her. To build protectiveness against this fear, she unconsciously pushed people away from her life and constructed very high walls. After all, she didn’t want to get hurt. As law of attraction works, Gudiya only attracted people and situations that further affirmed her limiting beliefs.
Years later, Gudiya raised her level of consciousness through the practice of meditation. Her intuitive skills made her realize that her soul purposefully created this set up so that she could let go of the energy of abandonment, which was prompted from one of her previous lives. Her soul wanted her to learn the lessons of loving and embracing herself. Until she could exercise self-love and acceptance, she would always feel the lack from other people. Her parents and friends were perfectly loving people, but she was unconsciously blocking their love.
The best part about Gudiya’s personality was her determination to let go of the energies that didn’t serve her right. Once her awareness kicked in, it was much easier for her to set intention to release this past life energy. She healed her inner child by using many tools, including daily grounding and keeping her energetic space clean. In any given moment, the practice of mindfulness also helped her in differentiating her truth with the thoughts generated by this foreign energy. Through diligent practice, she moved herself away from getting triggered and reacting to this energy.
After all this work over the years, Gudiya finally has come to a place of living a truly heart-centered life, in complete alignment with her truth. She is a beautiful and powerful woman who is whole and complete. She enjoys deeply enriching relationships with most people in her life and courageously moves towards the territories of openness and vulnerability. Gudiya’s story is simply a reminder that we all have the power to heal ourselves and to create the life that we desire. Whatever trauma, emotion or programming disturbs your peace, please know that you can rise above it and heal using your strong will and pure intention.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” -Marianne Williamson
Day 12 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: What activities help express your beauty or passion in life? #spiritualselfie
The expression of passion and beauty in my life isn’t limited to a specific activity. In fact, my life itself is a vehicle for expressing passion in every moment.
I express the beauty of motherhood when I joyfully interact with my child and we laugh and giggle together. When I lovingly care for him, nurture him and feed him – these are all examples from my every day life. I completely lose myself when I cherish the beautiful past memories created with him and all the great things that we are going to experience in the future together.
I express my feminine beauty every day when I lovingly cook for my family, picking each ingredient carefully to create the most nurturing meal for everyone. Every moment spent with my husband offering my pure love to him, holding accepting space for him to be himself. I express passion for partnership when we work hard together to create a solid foundation for our family.
I express and appreciate the beauty of life when I take walks in nature, enjoy biking or hiking while channeling earth and cosmic energies. Or when I completely lose myself while dancing, singing or listening to music. Watching sunsets, oceans, moon and sky remind me of the magnitude of the universe and that we are such a little part of it. On the other hand, I realize my own powerful light when I meditate and connect with the universe.
When at work, I express my passion in doing the right thing for our customers. Offering best solutions to fulfill consumers’ financial needs, while growing the business.
Most interactions and dynamics within relationships make me feel mesmerized as I realize the perfect soul contracts that we create and honor. People are amazing and every single being has a lot to teach me. Our presence in each others’ lives holds a lot of importance. We can bring positive changes for all of us by our ability to touch and heal hearts. When we merely love, appreciate and uplift each other, we create powerful ripples of oneness. My heart-centered relationships allow me to recognize and express this feeling of deep oneness.
I notice all the co-incidences the universe brings my way. Every time I am able to “decode” the whispers of the universe, I smile and thank the guy above. He really got my back! :) Losing my self completely in the communion with this divine energy expresses the beauty of my being. <3
Picture: there is no other picture better than this one to express the beauty of my life.
Day 11 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: What do you think limits people from loving themselves, and share some advice or insight on how to do so.
From my perspective, what truly limits people from loving themselves is their mind. Our ego constantly feels insecure and seeks control because it wants to protect itself from any potential hurt. It keeps us dwelling on the past, feeling like a victim, or worrying about the future, to assert more control over our life situations. The idea is that our mind doesn't ever allow us to stay present in the moment. The more we drift away from the present, the more we lose touch with recognizing our own divinity and fall into the trap of the mind.
The mind also generates a plethora of expectations and rigid standards to feel secure. These expectations are unrealistic and don’t allow us to fully accept ourselves. We are all spiritual beings in human bodies, carrying the light of the universal divine. The perfection exists within us at all times, merely in our presence. The question is whether we are able to ignore mind chatter and be able to recognize it?
Ego’s true nature doesn’t support the internal emotions of happiness, contentment and joy. All of these emotions are easy to experience if we could simply learn to quiet our mind. Once the mind is quiet, it paves the way to accepting ourselves and our life situations. This simply means, full acceptance of our past experiences and deep faith that future will offer us best situations for our growth. We fully trust, realize and submit ourselves to the connection with the divine. With true acceptance of what is, there is less complaining and more satisfaction. When we approach life from the lens of contentment, it becomes natural for us to be at peace and love ourselves.
Day 13: Self-Image Boosting Prompt: Share your favorite self-loving affirmation. #spiritualselfie
I am an immensely beautiful woman, who is whole and complete. I am the pristine reflection of my soul and my intentions are driven from the purest place of my heart. I have an amazing heart which offers unconditional love and compassion at all times. My feminine energy simply wants to nurture, heal and serve everyone around.
I take full responsibility of my life situations, manifesting the life of my dreams and living it in an empowered way. I am capable of living life in perfect harmony, deeply rooted in the physical world and strongly connected to the cosmos. I am a child of the divine and perfection exists merely in my being. My inner goddess feels the connectedness with the divine and with all beings on this planet.
I do not fear all that is unseen and unknown in the moment. With grace and abundance, I simply want to receive a wide variety of rich emotions and situations that life have to offer. I have deep faith in the universe and lovingly submit myself to the universal divinity.
Picture: standing next to the statue of Kuan Yin - the Chinese goddess of compassion and kindness.
Day 14: Self-Image Boosting Prompt: What have you gained from this 2-week challenge? #spiritualselfie
The last two weeks have been a blessing to me. While responding to the prompted questions, I tried my best to reflect my soul-level truth in the answers. Keeping my mind focused on my truth naturally diminished mind chatter and elevated my vibration each day. As a result, I pursued each day with a beautiful zen like calm, which felt unbelievably blissful. This challenge opened my eyes to the secret of joyful living and allowed me to put it into practice, as preached by Eckhart Tolle: "The more you live in the Now, the more you sense the simple yet profound joy of Being and the sacredness of all Life."
I reflected on different areas of life and learned a lot about myself in last 14 days. My self image was much improved as I was able to profess my deep love for my own self. I am currently going through a growth period, releasing foreign energies around the areas of inner validation and expressing my truth. This purging process accelerated, making my energies appear and feel shinier and brighter. Not only that, my inner energy points existed in perfect harmony - my knowingness from the crown was beautifully flowing into my perception of the world in the third eye space, allowing me to witness the beauty of life. This energy then flew to my throat to speak my truth and to my heart to allow me gracefully give and receive. Touching my inner power, emotional space and deeply rooted physical space, it kept me connected with both cosmos and the earth. This is the first time ever I've witnessed the the perfect harmony between all my energy points and I must admit that the experience blew my mind away!!!
I learned a lot from my fellow participants as I recognized the beauty reflected in their responses. I felt greatly inspired and supported throughout this process. My sense of belonging in the world is much more strengthened as I am able to connect with like minded individuals.
I didn't see this challenge as a competition as I only wanted to focus on learning and growing. I my view, I am a winner and so are all other participants for courageously putting ourselves out that and inspiring each other in our journey. A BIG Thank You to BPI for organizing this challenge and for holding accepting space for all of us to open up and express ourselves.
PS: The side benefit of this challenge is that I've become better at taking selfies! :)
Day 1 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: How did you view yourself as a child and how has that changed as you’ve grown up?
As a child, I lived life in perfect alignment with my immensely beautiful heart. I was sweet, innocent and had deep purity in my intentions. I was a very loving, sensitive and vulnerable child, who simply wanted to love and be loved.
During my teenage years, I felt a big void and unfulfilled longing for being understood and accepted. As a result, I turned into an introverted and unconfident person. I felt as if I was inadequate and not capable of living a joyful life. My communication was solely to please people and get their validation, rather than expressing my heart centered truth. Even my life choices fell out of alignment with my heart. Clearly, this impacted the amount of joy and love I experienced growing up.
Few years ago, I realized that the feeling of inadequacy and craving external validation emerged from not having internal validation within my own self. The deep desire of wanting to be loved and always feeling the lack of it was rooted from never being able to fully accept and appreciate my own self. This awareness is extremely powerful as I continue releasing this energy. Every day, I am embracing my inner feminine divinity and coming home to my natural childhood state of being. I AM a beautiful woman who is strong, whole, pure, joyful, loving and deeply nurturing to her own self and every one around her.
Day 2 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: How do you see yourself in the future and how does that effect your ability to love yourself now?
“The past is an interpretation. The future is an illusion. If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment.” – Unknown
While I am not sure which exact thought will inspire me or alter my perspective in the future, all I know is that my “dharma” in the current moment is to be present and be filled with my own bright and crystal clear light. Every moment, with deep awareness, I focus on releasing any energy which generates the emotions of fear, self-doubt and inadequacy. This helps me in unconditionally loving and accepting myself, smiling more and following my joy while constantly bringing out my inner child.
In the future, I see myself further embracing my inner goddess and owning myself completely. I want to be completely open with my vulnerability and channelize it to further soften my heart to create deep oceans of love and compassion. As a co-creator of life and a nurturer, I want to nourish my soul and live an empowering life of complete freedom. Appreciating myself beyond this physical form and living an ego-less life in complete alignment with my soul essence are aspects that I am aiming for. And to take this one step further, I aspire to recognize the presence of divine within myself and others while feeling unconditional oneness within my heart at all times. Namaste!
Day 3 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: What are some of your best qualities in your career?#spiritualselfie
I grew up believing that our career is what defines us, life is a competition based on wealth/degrees/titles and our success drives our rank ordering within the society. In the past, my main objective was to work hard and accomplish big things in life to gain acceptance. You can imagine the amount of pressure and constant madness that I went through to prove myself to others. It was hot mess! Now, I truly believe that my career is simply a way for me to express my inner passion and channel my intelligence while allowing me freedom to maintain a balanced lifestyle in the material world. This shift in belief enabled a much more relaxed mindset and increased inner peace in my life.
For the longest time, I maintained tightly controlled separations, carefully choosing different aspects of my personality to highlight in spiritual, personal and professional settings. During those years, I put many masks on trying to soothe my ego and please people around me. Not until a few years ago, I realized that my behavior was driven off of internal insecurities. It was a silly attempt to seek external validation, which clearly didn’t leave my thirst quenched. This awareness was critical in releasing the energy of insecurity. At this point in my life, I simply try to be as authentic and as truthful as I know myself to be at the soul level. My “nakedness” has finally starting to feel more comfortable and joyful.
Some of the other qualities in my career are highlighted below:
Neutrality – I believe the practice of mindfulness was a game-changer in my life. More specifically in my professional life, it makes me merely a witness and allows me to view situations from a non-judgmental space. This has minimized the conflicts I encounter at work. Furthermore, my intuitive skills brought in the awareness of energetic root causes of situations. This helps me in working on my own internal blocks rather than blaming others for unpleasant situations.
Being Present – my work involves accomplishing a lot under tight deadlines in a fast paced stressful environment. Luckily, my meditation practice helps me in staying calm, destressing and responding to situations rather than reacting to them. By also being present in any given moment, my efficiency is much higher and within my full control.
Relationships – at the end of the day, we are all humans and good relationships are essential in conducting business. I am good at holding a heart-centered neutral space for my coworkers, taking genuine interest in them and appreciating their being. My relations at work are much more real, grounded and full of trust. I work with some of the most amazing people and truly enjoy connecting with them.
Leadership – we all have read a lot about leadership. In most simple terms, the ability to inspire others to be their best is leadership. When we channelize our intelligence from the place of confidence and validation, it helps inspire people. When we act with utmost integrity and empathy towards others, it allows them to be their best. For me, leadership isn’t a power struggle anymore; it is a way of living life with full confidence and integrity. While internal validation piece is still a work in progress, I still feel like I am on a good path of redefining work place leadership with a spiritual spin to it. And more importantly, my focus is being a compassionate leader even outside of work, constantly inspiring people to be their absolute best. Driven by purest intentions, every chance I get, I try to uplift people and support them to my best abilities.
It is a common misconception that spiritual people cannot attract abundance and enjoy successful careers. It is merely a limiting belief which doesn’t allow people to expand their havingness. My objective is to live a balanced life and be an example so that others could be inspired as well.
Day 4 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: What are some of your best qualities in your relationships? #spiritualselfie
One of the important threads in my recently enriched perspective is that the emotion of love is fairly simple and easy to practice. As humans, our minds are conditioned to believe that we can only love people who are similar to us. However, the deep feeling of oneness and connectedness can be realized regardless of differences in opinions and lifestyles. The dissimilarities that we see are usually driven by the fact that different ideas empower people differently. If we simply stop feeling offended by people’s thoughts and quit holding judgments against them, our relationships could be a lot smoother. One of my biggest lessons in relationships is neutrality and unconditional love. I keep absolutely minimal expectations from people around me and hold an accepting space for them. This helps me to see who they truly are rather than getting caught up with what they say or do in a moment. After all, we are all on the same journey and everybody wants to love and be loved. Behind every expression of anger is a sincere plea to be loved and I can't help feel compassion for others in those situations.
I had my fair share of troubled relationships in life, but over time they taught me a lot. I consider that everyone around me is my teacher and we have soul learning contracts in place. While some lessons from them would be easy to learn, others would not. When I get into a conflict, I try maintaining a neutral point of view to understand what the situation is really trying to convey. Usually conflicts bring my own insecurities to the surface and that awareness helps me in letting them go. Remember, we don’t really get annoyed by situations and people, but our acceptance of them. The neutrality and the feeling of oneness help me in forgiving and moving on in life.
I don’t believe that I have ever come across any woman like me, who is deeply heart centered and who holds such high level of purity in her intention. I really go far in recognizing and honoring the divinity in others. Sometimes I receive energy of disbelief, intimidation and doubt from others, but then I remind myself that the sun doesn’t stop shining because some people can’t see it. 😊
I am not seeking love, I am celebrating it within my heart in every moment. Unaffected by the ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, I am just too busy dancing on the tune of unconditional love, feeling that deep connectedness with the divine being and everyone else on the planet and loosing myself completely in the present moment.
Day 5 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: What are some of your strengths in taking care of your body?#spiritualselfie
Recently, a profound thought greatly influenced me as I realized the importance of eating food that carries the least amount of energy of suffering. I turned vegan to reduce distress on animals and to promote healthier food habits in my lifestyle. Mostly, I eat healthy, non-processed and wholesome home cooked food. I absolutely enjoy cooking and feeding people. For me, the intention with which food is cooked in is more important than the actual food itself. I cook and eat with a loving mindset, which increases its nutrition and healing properties. Even simplest meals feel nourishing to my core and provide a great sense of fulfillment. 🍝😇
I enjoy eating a variety of healthy and balanced food. I start my day with fresh fruits and eat plenty of whole grains, beans and lentils along with healthy fats and fiber. I drink fresh coconut water, homemade juices and tons of water to stay hydrated. I listen to my body and destress by relaxing and rejuvenating in nature. Whenever time allows, I go for hiking, taking walks, biking and dancing. Most of my remaining time is spent in chasing down my toddler, which is a great workout in itself too. 😂
As far as I can remember, I have always strived to treat my body like a temple. I feel responsible for providing a pure environment for baby souls to reside and grow in. As a result, I vowed to not indulge in any foreign substance. Deep inside, I knew that any high experienced by external substances could never match the high I can experience through tapping into my deepest self. It was an easy decision to enjoy my life free of any alcohol, smoke and drug usage. I even chose to go through a drug free birth and rode through the difficult, but rewarding waves of labor pain. All these experiences combined helped me to exercise my own mental and physical strength rather than opting for convenience. 💪
Picture taken during hiking at Starved Rock State Park near Chicago.
Day 6 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: What are some of your strengths in taking care of your mind?#spiritualselfie
Eckhart Tolle rightly said “The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly—you usually don't use it at all. It uses you. All the things that truly matter — beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner peace — arise from beyond the mind.”
The natural tendency of our mind (aka ego) is to feel like a victim or a survivor. In either case, it is good at engulfing us with the thoughts of self pity. Eventually these thoughts make us feel isolated, lonely and depressed. When it comes to taking care of the mind, my main objective is to keep it in check. The practice of mindfulness helps me to be a witness of situations and emotions without getting too caught up with them. It also helps me to hold a neutral and non-judgmental space for myself and others. My daily practice of meditation and grounding further keep my energetic space clean and get rid of non positive emotions. Over the years, I have successfully given up the need to control situations / outcomes and proving myself right, because it always used to suck the joy out of life.
Mind could be a great tool when it is not busy creating useless chatter. I try to leverage it to channel my intelligence and creativity through it, especially at work. It also nicely partners up with my heart to create strong emotional intelligence, which helps me develop empathy and connect with others better. During my life’s journey thus far, my mind has allowed me to develop mental strength and helped me in navigating through many adverse and challenging situations. I am grateful to have a mind that fully supports my agenda of enhancing joy and inner peace in life.
Day 7 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: What are some of yours strengths in taking care of your emotions?
“Vulnerability is about having the courage to show up and be seen. Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do” – Brené Brown
I grew up believing that feeling emotions and expressing them make us appear weak. I was told that I should always keep my walls up and be careful of who I let in. As a little girl in my formative years, I took every piece of this messed up conditioning to my heart. The first step in my journey was to let go of this programming. After few years of meditation practice and energy work, I am finally much more in tune with my emotions and expressing them. Slowly, but steadily, I am stepping into the space of owning my vulnerability. Opening my vulnerable side feels relieving. It makes me experience true freedom when I am able to unapologetically own and express myself.
All that freedom sounds great, but the real credit belongs to the sensitivity with which my internal self is connected with my emotions. It is both a blessing and a curse to feel emotions so deeply. The key is to process emotions in such a way that seeks to understand what they are really pointing to. If my emotions are simply an offering of love and gratitude to people, they become easier to express. However, if the emotions arise from a place of insecurity and inadequacy, I find it best to dig deeper to understand the reason behind it. Once this awareness is built, it is much easier to let go of that non-positive energy.
Being able to express emotions is amazing, but they do require a quick check in on whether they are in alignment with my truth. This is very important. The golden question that I ask myself before relaying my emotions is – “if I cease to exist in the physical form, how would I communicate my emotions with any specific person?”. The short answer is that my expectations of them will be minimal and my expression will simply be of love and gratitude. My communication will include less questioning and more of amusement and appreciation. This helps me in centering myself within my own truth. As I express my heart centered truth, I gain more wisdom and authenticity. Not only that, but it is much easier for me to establish soul-to-soul connections as the words (or gestures) are expressed from one heart and are touched by another. 💞
This picture aptly captures my best motherhood emotions of love and gratitude for my little bundle of joy.