stress tips from the experts
"Sometimes you work so hard on improving yourself and trying to find your way that instead of making you feel better, it creates even more stress and anxiety", says Laura Bushnell. Nicknamed 'The Magick Lady', Bushnell identifies herself as a transformational clairvoyant and psychic healer. "You might forget it's all about learning to love, yourself as well as others. If you knew how much the universe cherishes you, you wouldn't be so overwhelmed by the stresses of everyday life, so sidelined from your life's purpose."
"It doesn't matter how intelligent or successful you are if you don't feel loved and connected", Bushnell explains. If you can clarify your intentions and get in the habit of acting on them, life can be more serene and fulfilling. Based on her worldwide studies, Bushnell's latest book Life Magic (Hyperion, 2005) is full of creative "joyful ways to see yourself through new eyes." She blends the wisdom of many people and cultures into visualizations, meditations, and rituals to help people better define their life's purpose and enjoy the journey.
Bushnell remembers hearing Mother Teresa respond to the question, "Is there anything else you need to learn?" by telling the reporter she was still learning to love herself. Empower your personal magic and remind yourself to be open to love with this practice Bushnell uses often:
Stand before a mirror and look at your reflection. Look directly into your own eyes and say:
I am beautiful.
I am a force of love.
Throw back your shoulders and stand up straight. Open your heart, still looking into the reflection of your eyes and say:
I am healthy.
I am whole.
I am a body of light.
I am love.
I am happy.
I am joy.
I am a walking star.
I am a blessing of the universe.
Says Bushnell, "If you follow your heart, then you will hear your destiny calling. On the road to enlightenment, remember to love yourself, and to have fun."