The Ride We Call Life
The ride we call ‘Life’
The more I talk to individuals connecting with me via LYL, the more I am drawn to the the need for something meaningful as a tool to gain happiness and good health long term. What is most apparent to me is how it is not our successes that inspire others, but rather our comebacks from failure. The world is so commercialised now it’s hard to know when a person is out purely to profit or gain attention in a narcissistic approach to social media from when something can truly help change your life.
So how can we tell the genuine from the fake?
It’s not the easiest question to answer. There is so much contradictory advice out there on what makes someone healthy and happy, from dieting to detoxing, beauty wraps and plastic surgery, but really do any of those things work on changing your mindset and the way you view yourself?
To me, as I always say, life is a series of ups and downs. There is no such thing as a permanent state of joy. It’s just not real. I see so many Instagrammers sing their hearts out about ‘the peace within’ and their ‘higher self’ but actually our higher self to me is more about connecting with your ability to see things through even when you feel horrendous and low. It’s learning patience, gratitude and the importance of rest. Your soul knows what you need to get better when life takes a turn for the worst, it is not a flash of light that lifts you into a mood above and beyond what other ‘mere mortals’ experience. That is not reality and to be honest to read those things leaves most us feeling like we lack the ability to be happy when it just simply isn’t the case. Meditation is for real people, and gives real insight into what you need to do to help heal yourself.
Nothing can protect us from inevitable difficult times, but we CAN learn to be in tune with who we are. One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from my Dad. He said, ‘Know who you are and what your made of and what you are like when your pushed’.
What this means is, acknowledge your limits and how you work and adapt your life to give yourself the best chance of success. Sometimes you will be ahead, and sometimes you will be behind, but you must always be wholeheartedly you in all of that and trust that if you keep doing small things to improve your health, emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically, you will come through the other side. Exercise is SO important for our physical and mental health, but it is not everything. Weight loss alone will not help you to cope with life. You have to know yourself inside out and celebrate yourself as you are.
So many of you have messaged me with really moving stories of the difficulties you are facing and how with LYL you are beginning to learn to love yourself just as you are. This is the beginning of a whole new approach to your happiness and you WILL find yourself healthier for that. I send you all my love, and look forward to getting the journal out to you so you can continue your journey fully supported.