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Eat with Gratitude and Pleasure

hot-chocolate-christmasWe live in a fast-paced world of technology and we are inundated with information. We read something on the internet and might assume, that its true. I have listened to the so-called experts for decades, especially regarding health and nutrition. When ever I went against my gut feelings, I felt a loss of my personal power because I believed them instead of myself.

 

Question: What do Louise Hay, Anthony Robbins, Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and   

Doreen Virtue have in common?

Answer:   These people are leaders in the field of personal development.

They all eat different diets and it works for them.

We are evolving beings and our requirements for nourishment changes. In the last few years I decided to start eating intuitively because what ever I was doing before was not working for me. Sure, knowledge and information is a good thing but we still get to choose. Let’s face it not even the experts can agree on what constitutes good nutrition.

At times, I still find it challenging to decide what to eat but I know that I am getting better at it because I keep asking myself what will work for me now. I don’t judge myself when I choose something that didn’t feel good after I ate it because I know I did my best. This article isn’t about food but about learning to listen and trust yourself by paying attention to your intuition.

I want to enjoy my food and I don’t want to worry about the food police. As we approach the holiday season there might be a temptation to be a glutton and stuff yourself silly but why? I know that I too must remind myself of the most important of vitamins.

Vitamin G – eat with gratitude

Vitamin L – eat with love

Vitamin P – eat with pleasure

Vitamin R – eat in a relaxed state of being

Vitamin S – eat and drink slowly and savour

Buon Appetito

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“Treat yourself as if you already are enough. Walk as if you are enough. Eat as if you are enough. See, look, listen as if you are enough. Because it’s true.”
Geneen Roth

 

 

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How can you respect yourself if you’re afraid to be who you are?

Growing up my parents were always worried about what the neighbours thought. They were afraid to say anything that would bring shame to the family.

Was there something special about the people in our neighbourhood that I didn’t know about? Were we the only family who had problems?

Looking back now, I often wonder what heck were my parents thinking?

Today when I catch myself caring about, “what will the neighbours think” I say to myself it’s none of my business what the neighbours think!!

While I am not totally free of what people think about me and caring a little wee bit is ok because there is a potential for growth however I can say this for sure; I care less and less. Its not about being rebellious or controversial its more about really liking who you are.

Life and people don’t always make sense but being honest and true to yourself makes really good sense.

If you can’t accept who you really are how can anyone else?

With respect,

Gina

I never loved another person the way I loved myself.

Mae West

 

 

 

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Socrates – How to Solve a Problem

monk-meditationA note about desire. From Joseph Murphy – The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

 A young man asked Socrates how he could get wisdom. Socrates replied, “come with me.”

 He took the lad to a river, pushed the boy’s head under water, held it there until the boy was gasping for air, then relaxed and released his head. When the boy regained his composure, Socrates asked him, “What did you desire most when you were under water?”

 “I wanted air,” said the boy.

 Socrates said to him, “When you want wisdom as much as you wanted air when you were immersed in the water, you will receive it.” Likewise, when you really have an intense desire to overcome any block in your life, and you come to a clear-cut decision that there is a way out, and that is the course you wish to follow, then victory and triumph are assured.

 Now that is something to think about.

Blessings,

Gina

Be still and quiet, tune in with the Infinite Intelligence, and continue in right thought, right feeling, and right action, and you will arrive at your goal.

 

 

 

 

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Activate Your Power

Activate Your Power

Recently I’ve been having a hard time sticking to my morning self-care routine. I’ve had a challenging past year with family, work and my health. This is the time I needed my self-care routine the most yet it’s the easiest time to give up.

During difficult times its easy to eat a little more, skip work outs and meditations. In moderation there is nothing wrong with any of these things however don’t abandon taking good care of yourself especially when you need it the most.

As I was preparing to my write out my morning self-care regime, for the next few weeks a flash of intuition came to me “you must activate your power”.

A stove has the power to cook food but you need to turn on the fuel. Water has the power to quench your thirst, clean your environment and enjoy a wonderful swim in the lake or ocean but all of these things require action.

You have personal power but just like Dorothy and her friends in the classic movie Wizard of Oz you must know that you have the power and you must understand how to use it.

During those times when you are feeling helpless and your life feels stuck like old gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe ask yourself what can I do right now to tune into my personal power?

Do I need a long walk in nature? Can I talk to a good friend? Do I need to seek help from a professional or spiritual advisor? Do I need a nap, meditation, protein, vegetables or a good old fashion cry?

I encourage you to tune into yourself and find ways that nurture and support you. You may not feel it at the time but the Universe loves and supports you.

Read the suggestions listed below and if your heart feels lighter when you read it then it might be worth a try.

Self-Nurturing Actions

-walk in nature

-talk to caring person

-journal your feelings

-yoga or dance

-paint, colour or any type of art

-have a cry and let things out

-hit pillows and yell

-write a letter to the Divine

-exercise of any kind

-read uplifting bookings

-watch funny movies

-eat natural wholefoods

-take a bath and go to sleep

When you tune in to yourself and ask “what do I need in this moment” and then take inspired action, you are tuning into your personal power. In every day lingo you are loving and taking good care of yourself.

The more you take good care of yourself the more you have to share and give to others.

Blessings,

Gina Rizzo

When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life. ”

– Jean Shinoda Bolen

 

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Your stuff love it, use it, or release it.

The gift of letting go of clutterRelease and Rejuvenate

I have been organizing my dressers and closets since I was a child, long before organizing became a trend. I find it very therapeutic and it always gives me the feeling of a fresh start.

Your belongings are reflections of you. They contain memories, stories and take up space physically and emotionally. Over-stuffed cabinets, disorganized paperwork, mementos of past relationships, broken and missing jewelry pieces and boxes of childhood toys.

For many the idea of throwing out or donating their “stuff” is difficult. The associations with it keep the memories alive. Sometimes those memories aren’t even good ones. So why keep them?

Clutter and holding on to things can also be a sign to the universe that you don’t believe you’ll have the resources to buy or replace them if needed. Someone out there can use what you’re not using and might really need it.

Holding on to your “just in case” items that you haven’t used in years or decades can promote more lack. Excess clutter can block the energy from flowing in you. There’s literally no room for new energy to come in.

If you live or work in a cluttered environment, ask yourself what’s the payoff? That is something that only you can answer. There is nothing wrong with keeping cherished mementos but don’t let them overtake your space or have you living in the past.

If you feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff you have, start with one drawer or closet per week. It doesn’t have to go all at once, but you will like the feeling of space and renewal that you want to say goodbye to those unused items.

Blessings,

Gina Rizzo

Deep within each of us is a longing for home. We yearn for a place of comfort where we can be ourselves,
where we can realize our dreams.
Denise Linn

 

 

 

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Life is simple what we give out we get back

ballonsI love the idea of receiving gifts from the Universe. These can be material things, or the right circumstances, “exquisite timing” or a general sense of ease and flow in your life.

Many individuals find it easier to give than to receive. There seems to be some sort of modesty or discomfort in truly allowing ourselves to receive. Many associate receiving with greed, when in fact they have nothing to do with each other.

Some people believe that if they take too much, there will be nothing left for others. We do not live in a universe where such scarcity is a concern. The universe is constantly renewing its supply because it is the source of unlimited supply.

Every day you are receiving life. The breath you breathe is constantly available. Think about this, when was the last time you stopped to worry, “what if, after this breath, there was no more air to breathe?” It sounds absurd, but we blindly trust that it will be available.

You are not doing anyone any favours when you close yourself off and do not allow yourself to simply receive.

To live in balance is to allow yourself to give and receive in a way that feels natural and comfortable to you.

Whether you are receiving a compliment, a cup of coffee or a stack of cash, don’t shy away. Be grateful for it and say “thank you”. The Universe wants to lavish you with abundance and well-being.

Hugs,

Gina Rizzo

Life is really very simple what we give out we get back.

~ Louise Hay ~

 

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You Have the Power to Heal Your Life

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This month celebrated Louise Hay 90th birthday.  Louise Hay is known as one of the founders of the self-help movement and she started Hay House, Inc., a successful publishing company. This began as a small venture in her living room and  has turned into a prosperous corporation that has sold millions of books and products worldwide.

I was first introduced to Louise’s work in my late teens. I was struggling with  panic attacks and this was at a time that my only resources were the public library, books shops and talk shows. There was no internet or google so trying to figure out what I had was scary to say the least.

In answer to my prayers for help, I was given one of her affirmation prayers by a lovely spiritual teacher and psychic.  I remember reading the words for the first time and I found such relief in them. This began my journey into a life of spiritual study and learning to integrate mind, body and spirit.

I hope these powerful messages help  and encourage you.

Affirmations and Quotes by Louise Hay

You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our mind. Claim and consciously use your power.

Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.

Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.

I say “Out” to every negative thought that comes to my mind. No person, place, or thing has any power over me, for I am the only thinker in my mind. I create my own reality and everyone in it.

I am willing to release the need to be unworthy. I am worthy of the very best in life, and I now lovingly allow myself to accept it.

You’ve been criticising yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.

No matter where we live on the planet or how difficult our situation seems to be, we have the ability to overcome and transcend our circumstances.

I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.

If you want to understand your parents more, get them to talk about their own childhood; and if you listen with compassion, you will learn where their fears and rigid patterns come from. Those people who “did all that stuff to you” were just as frightened and scared as you are.

Well, I believe you created those experiences over and over because they mirrored something you believed about yourself. It doesn’t really matter how long we have had a problem, or how big it is, or how life-threatening it is. The Point of Power Is Always in the Present Moment.

All is well. Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this situation only good will come. I am safe.

Blessings,

Gina

Doubt will rob you of your vital life energy. Learn to trust yourself and then take inspired action.

Gina Rizzo

 

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The Enchanted Cottage

The Enchanted Cottage

I recently watched a movie on http://www.tcm.com/  called The Enchanted Cottage which I feel really highlights the power of our beliefs and how we can transform difficult times by wanting to see the good in all things.

When socialite Army Air Force pilot Oliver Bradford (Robert Young) is disfigured by war wounds, he hides from his family, including his mother and fiancée and decides to live in seclusion in the seaside New England cottage he had rented from its current owner, Mrs. Minnett, for his originally planned honeymoon.

Laura Pennington (Dorothy McGuire) is a shy, homely maid who has hired on as the cottage’s caretaker. Oliver and Laura gradually fall in love and discover that their feelings for each other have mysteriously transformed them. He appears handsome to her and she seems beautiful to him. This “transformation” is perceived only by the two lovers (and the audience). Laura believes that the cottage is “enchanted” because it was once rented to honeymoon couples, and in time the widowed Mrs. Minnett reveals the true story behind the cottage’s enchantment legend.

I highly recommend this movie not only for the love story but for the transformative and renewing powers of love.  It’s not always easy to trust that the Universe has your back during difficult times but this movie reminds us that in doing so we can truly transform our life for the better.

 

No matter what happens, if I get pushed down, I’m going to come right back up.

Doris Day

 

 

 

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Take the High Road

www.ginarizzo.caWe all know them, those people who suck the life right out of you. Sometimes they are family members, friends or co-workers. You have good intentions of enjoying a night out together and then you feel it, your stomach is turning or you have a slight head-ache.

That person has been talking for about thirty minutes non-stop. You want to run but you can’t, not half way through your meal. You care deeply for this person but you can only handle them in small doses.

Does this make you feel guilty? After all they are your, parents, friend, boss or brother you should be able to put up with this. Or do you feel that you should stand up for yourself because you don’t care to put up with judgements and rude remarks?

So how do you navigate around these moments when you feel your life force just slipping away?

  1. Control the conversation by not saying too much. Unless someone specifically asks for help or advice do not give your opinion, suggestions or recommendations.
  2. Do not chime in with a pleasing attitude of acceptance.
  3. Say nothing and listen or tell them you believe that they will make good decisions.
  4. If you feel they are verbally abusive then you can tell them how you feel or leave. You can also take the high road knowing full well that they are not truly directing their angst toward you. Its their stuff.
  5. You can minimize your visits.

I have noticed that the more upset I get the more it fuels them because after all what they want is attention or to drag you down to their level. Not because they are mean people but they would just feel better if you are at their level of consciousness.

We can’t possibly know what is going on in another’s life. So it comes down to the age old saying – don’t expect others to change, you must be the change.

Taking the high road is not easy which why its called the high road. There’s a lot of climbing and bumpy roads ahead to get to that high road but something tells me its worth it.

Of course I am not for a moment suggesting that there aren’t times when complaining or blabbing doesn’t feel good and we just need to let out our frustration but there is another breed of people who make this a regular part of their lives. Its just too darn exhausting for me.

I’ve had an epiphany, that complaining about people who complain is still complaining!!

There are times when we truly need the help of our loved ones and I believe with all my heart to give your support but then there are those other times when it’s just the same babble, babble all over again when you just have to eat and run.

Best,

Gina

Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.

Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

 

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Dig Deep and Fix the Money Problem

Sarah Gail Suze EricWhen you think of money what comes to mind? Do you feel at peace, safe, in control and that money comes easily? Or do you worry, fret, feel unsure, unsafe or just want to curl up like a ball and avoid the topic all together?

Regardless of your money situation most people have some kind of reaction to the word money. If you want a better relationship with money, there are certain things you need to do.

  1. Get out of debt

  2. Avoid creating it again

  3. Live within your means

  4. Cultivate an abundance mind set

  5. Have self-worth

You can create emotional and material prosperity but there are certain things you need to do and you may not like it at first but the price you pay for keeping yourself in lack and in debt will diminish not only your net worth but self-worth.

If you are struggling financially or fear losing your money this is a good indication that you would benefit from developing a prosperity consciousness. Here are some of my favorite teachers  that can help you improve your relationship with money and prosperity.

Sara Ban Breathnach

Eric Butterworth

Suze Orman

Gail Vaz-Oxlade

Remember you are worth it!!

Gina

The only way you will ever permanently take control of your financial life is to dig deep and fix the root problem.
Suze Orman