Self-esteem & caretaking set the stage for love with a truly great partner. Here is a fabulous guest post on how to build self-esteem through a love ritual process by my friend, the gifted Barbara Biziou:
A Ritual for Summer: Falling in Love with Yourself
~Begin with a scent that touches your heart.
The scents of oils, herbs, flowers, or spices are used in almost every ritual. Here are some suggestions to use for a love ritual: rose, ylang ylang, jasmine, or anything that touches your heart.
~Become aware of what gifts you have in your life.Take some quiet time alone, and appreciate the beauty of nature, the miracle of the human body, the magic of music, the joy of laughter and friends, the freedom of a bird in flight or the precious smile of a child.
~Imagine that you are planting a garden of appreciation.
With each seed, a plant will grow. The more you appreciate and bless what you have, the more joy and abundance you will have in your life. Celebrate what you do have.
~Remember the feeling of a new love?
Everything looks vibrant and alive, like Technicolor. Practice falling in love with yourself. Bring dancing, laughter and music into your life. Pay attention to the flowers around you. Delight in the colors. Let yourself smile and express joy. The more you practice feeling joyful, the more joy you will experience. Expand your capacity to receive love and joy. Like any new skill, the more you practice, the better you will get at it. So start right now.
~Treat yourself as you would a wonderful lover.
Buy yourself flowers, cook a fabulous meal for yourself and set the table with your best china, compliment yourself and tell yourself how incredible you are.
Barbara’s website is Joy of Ritual and she is doing a weekend retreat for women, which I highly recommend!
A Women’s Retreat to Awaken the Magic and Mystery of the Divine Feminine
We all deserve a period of time when the world is set aside for the wondrous journey back to the source. As busy women we tend to put our needs last. We are so busy doing that we forget to just be. This is an opportunity to focus on your own needs and to connect to the authentic you and to replenish your inner resources so you can be truly present to your own true nature. When we do not honor our own journey, we not only do ourselves a disservice; our loved ones suffer, too. We have nothing left to give.
Women have unique gifts. As we honor and acknowledge the gifts of our female energy, we gain a life of extraordinary power and are able to celebrate our lives.
When we are together in a circle, gathered with the intention of deep exploration, our energies blend and merge, creating something much greater than any of us individually. We each bring our own expression of the Divine Feminine to the circle, and we enter a timeless, transcendent heart space. We then can move into trust and confidence.
We will start the weekend with a ritual to invoke the Divine Feminine…creating a sacred temple of learning and heart awakening. From this place true transformation can take place and you can experience greater clarity and a deeper awareness.
During this retreat you will experience:
Journaling, ritual, dance, dream work, and the sacred labyrinth.
Sound healer and Voice Coach, Kim Engler, will be joining us to help participants gain a deeper connection and relationship with their intuition, move and dissolve old energies into fresh positive energy, and balance chakras.
You will leave the retreat knowing that you are the woman you aspire to become.
Enjoy the gardens, 5 acres of beautiful grounds, and a pond for meditation and relaxing, the swimming pool, and medicine wheel.
When: July 24th-26th
Where: Miriam Well, Saugerties, NY
Special Price – JUNE ONLY! $295.00 for workshop.
Beginning July 1st, price goes up to $345.
Food and Lodging additional, price varies depending on your accommodations.
Click here and scroll down to register.
What past participants have said:
“Barbara creates a safe and sacred space to find the magic inside of ourselves. By entering her circle you say “yes” to life’s possibilities.” – Barbara S.
“The women’s retreat is a time to gather and be surrounded by incredible, inspirational women..and to share with like minded souls in a nurturing and safe environment. There is time for healing, introspection, bonding, creating, laughing and taking a journey to further know yourself. I could have belly danced all night!” – Zahra
Wishing you love,