Our most precious gifts are not material. Although we spend much of our holidays pondering what gifts to get and for whom, our presence is the true gift. Just as Maya Angelou so powerfully states, we are the gifts that our ancestors gave. In order to honor ourselves as such, we must cherish and heal our whole being: mind, body and soul.
We here at Heart & Soul Magazine honor you as a gift, and we reflect that in our content. Our cover this month, the amazing Taraji P. Henson, has been a gift to us all this year. From staring in the inspirational film, Hidden Figures, to releasing her memoir, Around the Way Girl, Taraji has lived her life just as she has described her beloved character, Cookie, from the hit show Empire, “She simply lives her truth.”
This issue is full of valuable truths that can assist us in remembering that we are gifts to the world. From using Vision Words to set our goals to learning the reality of premature black babies, we are sure to value ourselves as gifts once we read these pages.
Below are some easy exercises to I use to realign myself with being a gift and knowing my worth in mind, body and soul:
As this year comes to a close, you can honor yourself by making a list of all of the accomplishments, achievements and wins that you experienced this year. Most likely, you will realize that you have accomplished more than you think. This exercise will put you in the mindset of gratitude and celebration, the perfect setting to honor yourself as a gift.
Eating healthy and exercising regularly are key aspects in respecting and honoring your body, but you know this already. Why have you not been able to make any significant, lasting changes in this area? Community is the answer. Do you have accountability partners for your exercise routine? A doctor or health coach that you check in with to monitor your food intake? We are in this together, find someone who already sees you as a gift, and ask her to hold you accountable. It might feel overwhelming as first, but most likely you will begin to look forward to those calls!
Just breathe. Close your eyes and follow your breath. Feel yourself inhaling new energy and exhaling everything that no longer serves you. Allow your body the time and space to process and heal any aliments. Conscious breath and meditation allows for better oxygen supply, calms the nerves, relaxes the muscles and lowers blood pressure. This simple exercise will quiet your mind and your body, allowing you to hear the whispers of your soul.
I humbly offer you these jewels from my heart and soul,
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