By Ivanska Laureano-Tate
My intention for writing this story is to reach as many people as possible to emphasize the importance of self love. Being a massage therapist for more than eight years, I have come to a clear understanding that people just want to feel good, needed, and loved. But somewhere along the way, we forget our initial purpose for being here on earth, as human beings, which is to love ourselves just as we are. We are not to have expectations, which can cause us to feel disappointed and frustrated.
My own journey and experience in losing 100 pounds of excess weight has led me to the realization that the only thing that matters, ultimately, is our relationship with God, Divine Source, Creator or Higher Power.
Putting your trust in this energy—and allowing it to guide and help you create the best experiences possible, those that you are supposed to have as a human being—is the most important choice you can make in creating the best possible life here on earth.
Knowing that it does not really matter what others think about you, or even how they might perceive you to be, will set you free. It is what you think about yourself that matters most. So let’s put aside the opinions of others and accept that the process of change is the only way to reach a desired goal. Whether it be weight loss issues, kicking bad habits, or dealing with attachments that no longer serve you, nothing is impossible when the desire to change is your primary focus.
Changing old belief patterns about who you are suppose to be or the way you should look or act is an essential part of the journey towards happiness.
First, by setting a goal and keeping in mind what you want to accomplish, you set the foundation for your success. Second, you need a detailed plan and the discipline to carry it out. For example, my own experience taught me that I needed to accept the time necessary to create the best possible health for myself through a weight loss plan. I also needed to find a calm moment in my day to connect with God and break away from distractions to achieve the inner peace that was crucial for my transformation.
We all have the ability to feel good and be in balance if we seize the opportunity and choose a direction that will point us toward what we desire to create in life. It is my honor to reveal how simple life can be once we let go of other people’s expectations, which can keep us imprisoned.
Winning my battle with dieting and exhaustion has given me the strength to move forward and continue to make the necessary changes that ultimately allowed me to love myself once again.
We are all created perfectly well, beautiful and loving, but over the years we tend to lose that connection to our Source, God, and our true nature, which is always perfect. No matter how we were born, within us is a light, a God energy that initially shinned bright. But then others began to put out that light with their opinions and beliefs. Now is the time to ignite that flame once again!
I am a true example of creating an amazing change within my physical being by using the power of the mind in connection to my Divine Source. Along the way, I also learned the benefits of manipulating my energy with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a modality that uses tapping on body meridians to change beliefs. Let my story give you the strength and wisdom to create a great physical state that will allow you to share your much-needed services and joyful moments with those you so dearly care about and the world at large. This is what the Creator intended for us to experience…Love! I leave you with a poem I wrote soon after I reached a level within my being that expresses my reality in words.
I Am That I Am… IVANSKA
WHEN I LOOK BACK IN TIME, I SEE SOMEONE ELSE.
NOT WHO I AM TODAY…
I AM NOW, SOMEWHAT ASCENDED, HIGHER,
I AM ALWAYS LEAVING A TRAIL OF LIGHT
WHEREVER I GO, I SHINE SO BRIGHT…
OH I AM STILL HUMAN, I STILL HAVE
PHYSICAL NEEDS HOWEVER, I CAN
FACE FEAR HEAD ON AND THAT FEAR DRIFTS AWAY.
IF I AM TO WALK INTO THE DARK PLACES OF THE SOUL ONCE AGAIN,
I AM QUICK TO REROUTE MY SPIRITUAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM
AND CONTINUE ON MY PATH CONFIDENTLY.
I CARRY WITHIN MY BEING A SENSE OF CALMNESS
AND I FIND SOLACE IN MY TOGETHERNESS WITH GOD.
IN DIFFICULT MOMENTS I AM SLOW TO ANGER
AND QUICK TO RECEIVE WISDOM.
OH HOW GREAT IS THIS KINGDOM…
I WON’T JUDGE
AND OTHERS ENJOY MY COMPANY,
FOR IT IS I THAT HAVE COME TO BRING OTHERS HOPE ON OUR JOURNEY
BACK HOME, WHERE THE DIVINE SOURCE AWAITS
THIS NEW FOUND LOVE….
Ivanska Laureano-Tate is a former licensed massage therapist, healing Reiki Master and a poet at heart who has overcome issues concerning self-love and its effect on weightloss. Her step-father James L. Tate, a self-published author, has been an inspiration for her to write about loosing over 100 pounds of excess weight. She found freedom from dieting and fatigue by connecting with her inner-being, re-directing old thought patterns, and using Emotional Freedom Technique. Ivanska reflects on how we can find our true selves and reach our weightloss goals so that we can find that joy and love we originally came to share with others on this journey we call life. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article is a chapter from the book Transform Your Life! written by 60 real-life heroes and experts and available at Amazon.com, BN.com, www.Transformation-Publishing.com and all ebook formats.