How to Stay Happy in 2013

I have been reading books on happiness and well-being for many years, so I thought it would be good to share some of my favorite ones with all of you.

My first pick is Louis Hay. She was my very first new age book! Back in the eighties, she was a true pioneer in self-healing.
Her first book, You Can Heal Your Life has just been republished. It is still as good as it was the first time I read it. Packed with incredible insights and affirmations, this book is a must read. It follows the tenant that we are each responsible for our own reality and “dis-ease.”

In this book Hay writes about how we make ourselves ill by having thoughts of self-hatred. Included in this book is an exhaustive directory of ailments along with the emotional causes for each disease. There are affirmations to help overcome each illness. For example, the affirmation for MS is “By choosing loving, joyous thoughts, I create a loving joyous world. I am safe and free.”

I highly recommend this book to start your new year. As a happiness coach I like to feed my own soul with books that inspire and motivate me. Louise Hay’s book is one of my inspirations.

©Christina Florence – January 2013

Currencies for a New Era, Part Two

These new currencies are not found in banks or

 in your wallet.

Look and you will find them all around you.

White mink clouds.

Trees are leaves of shimmering gold.

Beauty everywhere is bounty of inestimable worth.

Love and compassion are priceless.

Hugs are worth trading for.

Fields of flowers are endless gardens of wealth.

The moon in the sky is a silver dollar.

My garden was full of tomatoes. I picked 65 of them and I felt like a millionaire!

These are the currencies for the new era.

©Christina Florence – November 2012

Currencies for a New Era

Currencies for a New Era
While driving through the New Mexican countryside I had a thought: what if I could use nature as a metaphor for money? What if I just thought of my bank account as river banks overflowing with cool spring water, endless fluffy tufts from the soft white clouds, and beautiful shimmering gold from the towering aspen trees. As I sped through the cool Autumn sunshine I began to smile as I felt more and more abundant, knowing that my prosperity came from the beauty of nature, and that it is eternal and endless.
©Christina Florence – October 2012

Your Perfect Weight…. Weight Loss Tip # 4

CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE

The Circle of Excellence is a basic NLP Exercise.
Using this technique helps you build a powerful place for your weight loss.

1. Draw an imaginary circle on the floor or if you like, you can draw the circle in chalk. Make it large enough to step into.

2. Now, picture experiences where you felt thin or  beautiful or powerful. Use any positive state where you felt balanced and centered.

3. Place those memories of feeling young, capable or beautiful in your circle.  Use a  picture of yourself thin or a picture of a thin person you admire. Place anything into the circle that makes you feel the way that you want to feel.

4. Step into the circle. What do you see?  What sounds do you hear? Get in touch with the positive emotions that you have created.

5. If you would like to add additional positive memories or atributes, repeat step four. Continue  adding positive, powerful memories, people and things to your circle, one at a time. When you have put enough resources there, you have now created your Circle of Excellence!

6. Add this powerful technique to your weight loss toolbox! A client of mine picked up her imaginary circle off the floor, folded it up and put it in her handbag. She takes it with her everywhere and places it on the floor whenever she needs it!

©Christina Florence – August 2012

Mirror, Mirror on The Wall…Easy Weight Loss

Here is the second exercise in my series for Easy Weight Loss called “Your Perfect Weight”

A lovely and relaxing one you use just before you drop off to sleep.


THE MAGIC MIRROR – EASY WEIGHT LOSS

1. Sit in a quiet place and close your eyes.

2. Imagine a beautiful staircase in front of you. There are ten stairs. Imagine the details; polished wood, cement, or maybe an oriental stair runner. Walk down the stairs while you count backwards from one to ten relaxing more with each step down.

3. At the bottom of the stairs is a room with doors leading to other rooms. Each door has a title over it: Great Wealth, Perfect Weight, etc. Go to the door with the title you want to create for yourself. Open the door and enter the room.

4. The room is comfortable and filled with all the items that make up the thing that you want for yourself. It feels so good to be in this space.

5. At the back of the room you notice a closet. The closet is filled with all the things you will wear when you become the way you want to be. Take out an article of clothing that represents the “New” you. Put on the clothing and walk over to the full-length mirror on the wall next to the closet.

This is a magic mirror. Do you see yourself? If not, find a picture of yourself in your mind or think of a picture of a person who represents what you want to be. Stick that image on the mirror.

6. Now notice the series of dials on the bottom of the mirror. Use these dials to make yourself look exactly the way you want to look. Adjust the “you” in the mirror until it fits your idea of how you want to be. Turn around and step backwards into the mirror. Feel the way it feels to be the new you. Once you have felt what it feels like to be the new you, step back out of the mirror. Easy weight loss!

If you missed the other steps, click here for the first exercise.  For these tips and so much more read my book, “Be Alive in Five.”

©Christina Florence – August 2012

My Perfect Weight Loss Exercise 2: Let’s Pretend!

Here is the second exercise In my “Your Perfect Weight Loss” series. Read the first exercise here.

Before you do this, it is good spend some time in “pretend” mode. Spend 15 to 30 seconds each day pretending that you are are the weight that you want to be. You know how it feels, you have been there before. Pretending helps you remember the way it feels… go on, do that now. Be a kid again and pretend!

Now try this great weight loss excercise.

NLP SWISH PATTERN

  1. Create a close-up image of the current way that you see yourself. Since this will act as a trigger for the new behavior, it should be seen through your own eyes.
  2. Create a distant image for the desired image of yourself. i.e you at your perfect weight. You want to feel yourself move towards this, so the “desired” you should be seen as if it is through an outside observer’s eyes.
  3. Now, “Swish” the two images – rapidly push the current you into the distance, and bring the desired you right up to the to your face. For effect, you can actually make a “swish” sound as the images change places and pop into place Or you can clap your hands loudly when the new you “pops” into place.
  4. Allow the images to settle for a minute in their new places.
  5. Clear the your mind by counting backwards for 5 or 10 numbers or say your phone number backwards. This clears you for the next round.
  6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 until any thought of your current body image leads directly to the image of your desired body image.

©Christina Florence – July 2012

The Secret to Your Perfect Weight

For the next five blog posts I will sharing some weight loss tips from my upcoming e-book “Be Alive in Five and Your Perfect Weight”.*

First Tip: Let’s love our bodies first, then change the way we think about food.

People somehow think that “crash” diets are the best way to loose weight. “Crash” is a good word for it, because these diets are usually an anger response! Perhaps you are angry at yourself for being overweight, so, for the duration of the diet, you punish yourself by depriving yourself.

I say: Love your body first, then change the way you think about food!

My friend went on what seemed like a very reasonable diet and stayed really thin for an entire year. When her mother died she got really stressed and  gained back all of those lost pounds and then some.

Here is an exercise from my book “Be Alive In Five.” to help you feel good about yourself:

COMPUTER CHANGE PROGRAM

1. Start by deciding what it is you want to change. For instance, you want to change  the weight you are to the weight that you would like to be. So you are going to talk to you subconscious mind, which I call your Super Computer.

2. Say to yourself, “Super computer, we will now change the program in which my weight is xxx amount.”

3.Think about what you want to change the program to. Talk to your subconscious mind. Say, “Computer create program. My weight is now always at xxx amount”

4. In your mind hit the enter button three times. You are entering the new program.

5. Three or four times a day, say to yourself, “Computer, run program. My weight is XXX.” Snap your fingers to indicate that the program is running.

You can do this for anything that you want to change. Just remember it takes a minimum of 30 days to change a program.

©Christina Florence – July 2012

*still in the works.