THE ART OF LOVING LIFE

When asked to write a blog about all the ways I love my life, many things flashed before my eyes: the beautiful orioles and plentiful avocados on the trees in my backyard; my morning meditation ritual and leisurely paced life; my two orange tabby cats who spread mischief around the house.

I live in a community that offers opportunities to experience love in all its expressions, and I find the silence and freedom divine. I believe I have a lucky planet placement to thank for that. Astrologically, I have Venus in Taurus which means (at least so far) that I’ve been blessed not to have to worry about a roof over my head, food on my table, and am surrounded by quality and beauty.

I love what I do – as a psychotherapist in private practice and an author who spent 21 years writing and editing Attitude Reconstruction, a book that integrates east and west, and correlates our emotions with our thoughts, words, and deeds. I have a goal and purpose — to spread what I have discovered so that we can experience more joy, love, and peace by just physically and constructively handling our sadness, anger, and fear.

But I also realized one of the most significant ways I’ve chosen to love my life—is by honoring myself. I do this so much more easily now than I did 30 years ago. I’ve fully accepted who I am. I stopped comparing myself to others, owned that I have my own unique path and became fine with it. I make decisions that align me with my goals and purpose, and with each step, I feel more comfortable in my own shoes.

I also stopped asking ‘why’ and just accepted life as it is. And when I find myself wondering what might or might not happen in the future, I give it to the gods and live by the motto, “We’ll see.”

Loving my life isn’t so much about having or doing as just being. And I’m blessed to love what is, love what is not and to take life as it unfolds in a million wondrous ways.

By the way, today’s post is part of the WOW-Women on Writing’s “The Art of Loving Your Life” Blanket Tour celebrating the release of Chique Secrets of Dolce Amore by Barbara Conelli (www.barbaraconelli.com).

Barbara Conelli is an internationally published bestselling author, seasoned travel writer specializing in Italy. In her charming, delightful and humorous Chique Books filled with Italian passion, Barb invites women to explore Italy from the comfort of their home with elegance, grace and style, encouraging them to live their own Dolce Vita no matter where they are in the world.

Her latest book, Chique Secrets of Dolce Amore offers an intimate view into the unpredictable and extravagant city of Milan, its glamorous feminine secrets, the everyday magic of its dreamy streets, the passionate romance of its elegant hideaways, and the sweet Italian art of delightfully falling in love with your life wherever you go.

If you comment on today’s post on this blog or any of the others participating in The Art of Loving Your Life tour, you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of Chique Secrets of Dolce Amore!
To read Barbara’s post about loving life and view a list of other blogs participating in The Art of Loving Your Life tour please visit The Muffin.

Here is the link to Barbara’s post on The Muffin:

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/2012/05/dolce-amore-art-of-loving-your-life.html

Here is a link to the participating blogs:
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/2012/05/art-of-loving-your-life-blanket-tour.html


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