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A Taste of Enchantment - June 16, 2003
"Dedicated to helping you attain joy, happiness and well-being."
Produced by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, Psychologist, Steps-to-Happiness Coach,
and Originator of THE ENCHANTED SELF®
... to the mid-month publication of The Enchanted Self's e-newsletter! This month, instead of responding to a question, I would like to share a fun and energizing exercise with you. Enjoy!
In any Recipe for Enchantment, you are the secret ingredient. It's your uniqueness, your capacities to laugh or to have a good time, to take a little bit of money and make something still work, to be in a good mood and perk up someone else, to give a compliment, or make someone else happy. It is your particular talents that may be involved in throwing together a little birthday party for the local dog who just turned two, just because you want to have a birthday party today and it is nobody's birthday. Why not the big collie down the street? Whatever it is, the inventiveness, the spark, the fire--it comes from you. You are the secret, main ingredient. So stay part of my e-mail newsletter on enchantment for more information on how you can "get cooking" with joy and a daily sense of well-being.
An Activity for YOU! Recipe for Personal Pleasure
This activity is designed to be fun. It helps you to use your imagination to begin to focus on the ingredients you need to have a wonderful time. Give yourself a quiet space, a pad of paper and a pen, and permission to daydream. Here we go. The world is your oyster. Plan out a day that takes you into account totally.
What would that day be like and what would you do?
What would the weather be like?
What would you wear?
Where would you go?
Who would be with you, if anyone?
What would you see?
How would you feel?
What would you eat that day?
What are some of the aromas that would please you that day?
What would be the highlight of the day?
How would you feel at the end of the day when you are ready to go to sleep?
Now pretend you're looking back on that day. What would you be most pleased about? Take this wonderful, imaginary day and make it closer to reality. What are some of the ingredients you would need to make this day come true? Here's the practical part: brainstorm your list.
I hope you've enjoyed creating a Recipe for Personal Pleasure. Now enjoy your thoughts about this special day, but permit yourself to put it aside to simmer. Come back to stir every once and a while. I hope that one of these times when you come back to stir, you will be ready to actually plan ahead and work on some real ways of bringing this day into reality.
Please give us the pleasure of sharing your responses. They may be posted on the web site or in future issues of the newsletter. You can also chat about this topic or create your own in The Enchanted Self e-group at the following URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/encself
Please stop by my newly designed web site at www.enchantedself.com. I would love to get your feedback. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
How to Order
How about some autographed copies of 'Recipes for Enchantment' with a free copy of The Enchanted Self's paper newsletter and a bookmark? Perhaps you would be interested in my first book, 'The Enchanted Self', which is also available on audio tape? Here’s how to order:
Call Toll Free: 1-877-B-JOYFUL
Barnes & Noble: www.bn.com
Tip: When shopping online use keywords "recipes for enchantment" and "enchanted self" to locate the books.
Forwarding & Reprinting
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Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
THE ENCHANTED SELF®
I also encourage you to include this material in other publications, such as self-healing and professional psychology newsletters. However, I do ask that you contact me beforehand for permission and send a sample issue.
Have an "enchanting" month. I wish you all many enchanted moments!