Category Archives: Doorway 6: Health & Service

Day 21: Claim Your Well-Being

Our final topic for Doorway 6 is Well-Being. Well-being is an overall sense that all is well. It includes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of yourself.

Well-being is something you can possess, even when things aren’t perfect. You have a choice in how you experience whatever is happening in you. As you choose well-being, your perspective will shift, making whatever you face more manageable.

We create a sense of well-being primarily through self-care, which includes everything from good hygiene practices, being physically active, setting healthy emotional boundaries and making a point of loving and appreciating yourself on a regular basis. Well-being means making time for the little things that make a big difference in the quality of your relationship to yourself.

Jodi’s Insights

A daily gratitude practice is a simple way to increase your sense of well-being because it creates a structured routine for appreciating the good in your life. The longer you do it, the more you can see how well things really are in your world.

One of my favorite sayings is, ‘All is well.’ I have repeated this so many times over decades, to myself, to clients and to friends, that I no longer remember where I first heard it. I think it was Abraham, via Esther Hicks, but I’m not sure. These three words work like magic to remind you that all is truly well. Regardless of what it looks like from the mind’s viewpoint, there is always more to the story that is only revealed later, when you have the gift of hindsight. If you want to enhance your sense of well-being, these three little words can quickly take you out of victim consciousness, and into remembering that whatever you are doing with your energy and attention is creating the path forward.

Goddess of Now

The Goddess of Now says well-being is your birthright. Cultivating the mindset that looks for what’s right instead of what’s not, will take you a long way. Develop habits that make you feel vibrant and vital. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt. Open your heart to the best case scenario and see how that shifts your outlook in the Now.

The Goddess says love yourself. Hold yourself in high esteem. Appreciate the miracle of your life in this body, at this time. Well-being is a state of mind that is available whenever you are ready to claim it.

Spend time with the Goddess of Now in the Goddess Chamber whenever you need a solace or a boost of self-love. She is always there to remind you all is truly well.

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Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts

Through the Goddess lens of Compassion and Grace, consider your relationship to well-being, in whatever way that is part of your life. See if there is anything you would like to shift or upgrade. Your well-being positively affects everyone and everything you encounter.

Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.

Well-being means . . .

When I feel good . . .

For me, self-care is . . .

Write for 2 minutes or more.

 

Day 20: Let’s Get Physical

Whether you love it or hate it, physical exercise is something every body needs. Some people love exercise and can’t get enough, others hate the very idea, and struggle to get started. If you aren’t a regular exerciser, you probably think you should be, and might wish you loved it the way other people seem to. You know it’s good for you, but you’ve got a million other things to do. Right?

We are focusing on exercise today, not to applaud you if you love it or shame you if you don’t but to encourage you to consciously consider it in a new light.

Jodi’s Insights

I have exercised or worked out in one way or another since I was in my early twenties. I tried a lot of different things, some of them I hated, some of them felt really good to me. I found it easy to do the ones that felt good. And then I got bored with them and moved on to something else. In those days, I exercised mostly because I had a strong desire to stay in shape, so I could wear the clothes I wanted to and feel good in them. (My passion for fashion helped keep me in shape!)

After decades of running and weight training, just when I least expected it, the humble hula hoop rolled into my life and I was off and hooping. This time it didn’t feel at all like exercise, though it was quite a workout. Hoop dance is an embodied movement practice, and to me, it is a pleasure.

Here’s what I know about exercise. If it isn’t enjoyable, regardless of how good you think it is for you, the results will be less than optimal. Your body balks at being pushed into doing something you hate. Exercise, to be truly life enhancing and sustainable, needs to feel good to you. If you are aligned, body, mind and spirit, with your exercise or movement practice, you will feel good doing it and look forward to your next session.

Goddess of Now

The Goddess of Now says exercise is one of the best ways to honor and celebrate your bodily temple. Find a movement practice or form of exercise that allows you to experience the pleasure of the body in motion. Grace is dependent on strength, and as you strengthen your body, you naturally begin to inhabit it in a more feminine way.

The Goddess says exercise doesn’t need to be a formal thing, if that doesn’t appeal to you. Put more energy and enthusiasm into whatever activities you are doing, with the intention that being active keeps you healthy, and positively affects your body. Simple things like making the bed, doing the laundry, or turning on some music and dancing around the house, count, too. Integrate more activity into your everyday life. Park a little further from the store. Take the stairs. Run with your dog, instead of walking. Celebrate your physicality in any way you can think of! Your body will thank you for it.

The Goddess encourages you to set positive intentions, and imagine your body in an optimal state. This can do wonders for becoming fit and maintaining a glorious level of wellbeing.

Imagine your body at the height of fitness.
See your body in its most ideal state.
Feel yourself standing in that version of your self.
Notice the feeling of strength.
See yourself moving.
Notice your gracefulness.
This is your natural state.
Feel your energy flowing freely.
See your face and body glowing with radiant health.
Notice how it feels to be in this state of wellbeing.

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Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts

Through the Goddess lens of Self Love and Self Care, consider your relationship to exercise, in whatever way that is part of your life. See if there is anything you would like to shift or upgrade. Your commitment to your body’s well-being is a strong foundation for your feminine power.

Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.

My favorite exercise . . .

Exercise makes me . . .

Working out . . .

Write for 2 minutes or more.

Day 19: Be Of Service

In order to be of service, to contribute your special blend of magic to the world, there are often barriers that must be overcome. The rising to these challenges is the invitation of transformation. It calls for an honest look at your gifts and talents and the things that stand in the way of your full expression. This doorway is ripe with these opportunities.

Service is something that seems to be misunderstood, in our society. When people hear the word service,  many think of military personnel, police or firefighters. The truth is we all have the capacity and even need, to serve in one way or another. Service can be something that is paid for, or that you do as a volunteer, whether formally or casually.

Service can come in just about as many forms as there are people. It doesn’t have to look a certain way. Basically, it is extending for the benefit or well-being of another, in a way that feels rewarding to you as well.

Many people confuse service with servitude. In order to truly be of service, your service must serve you, as well as those you serve. If you are not getting something out of it, you can quickly come to resent serving. In other words, if you offer to do something for that you really don’t want to do, your heart isn’t going to be in it. You may do it, but you don’t really feel good about it. Conversely, if you offer to help in some way, by doing something you love to do or because it makes you feel really good to help, the quality of what you do completely changes.

Goddess of Now

The Goddess of Now says service is one of the ways you learn about who you really are. She encourages you to pay attention to what you freely offer others, and how you feel when they receive from you. Being a gracious receiver is an integral part of the cycle of service. It is a good practice to be open not only to serving others but willing to accept their service to you, as well.

The Goddess says being of service to one another, and taking turns being on the offering and receiving end, allows you to expand your sense of self in ways that are not otherwise available. Your meaningful interactions with others often occur during an act of service. Even a kind word to a stranger can instantly change the energy of their day and yours.

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Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts

Through the Goddess lens of Generosity and Kindness, consider your relationship to service, in whatever way that is part of your life. See if there is anything you would like to shift or upgrade. Your heartfelt service makes a tangible difference in the world.

Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.

I serve by . . .

Service means . . .

My service . . .

Write for 2 minutes or more.

 

Doorway 6: Health, Service & Well-Being

Doorway 6 introduces personal development. This house corresponds to the sign of Virgo, ruled by Mercury. In this house, we address your relationship to well-being and the themes that support it. This is the house of health, hygiene, diet and exercise, daily routine, our pets, and the service we offer the world.

In the Sixth House, you take care of yourself and offer help and service to others. You create daily routines that add up, over time and make a visible difference in the quality of your life. If your routines are healthy, your life will follow suit. If your routines are full of bad habits, you will see the results of those choices. In this house, the little everyday things create the bigger picture.

Your pets fall under the rulership of this house. It’s interesting that research has shown that pets contribute to good health in those who care for them. Work, as opposed to a career, and service are also behind Doorway 6.

Quotes

Quotes are a great way to explore your beliefs, thoughts, and impressions. They can expand your perspective and clarify your inklings. Here are some quotes on health, service, and well-being to support you in considering what aspects are ready for an upgrade. You can also use these quotes to do free flow writing and see what arises.

See how PERFECT the present reality really is: Especially when it IS NOT. Thomas Leonard

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mahatma Gandhi

You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do. C.G. Jung

Questions to Explore

Take a moment to sit with the following questions. You may want to journal on them or have a discussion with a close friend. You can also just sit with the question for a bit and allow your thoughts to arise of their own accord. Sometimes asking a powerful question is enough to create a shift.

  • How does serving others serve you?
  • What does self-care make possible in your world?
  • Is personal development a blessing or a burden?

Resources

Pull out your journal or notebook and do some free flow writing on any of the questions that call to you below. Don’t think, edit or stop. Keep your pen moving.

Self Care Mastery Jumpstart

45 Simple Self-Care Practices for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul (Tiny Buddha)