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.