090: Moments of Luxury

Welcome to episode 90 of the Overburdened No More Podcast.

I am so excited to be with you today, especially as I am going to give it a try to put my podcast up on YouTube.  I’d like to add a video element to the topics I’m sharing with you so we can make an even deeper connection if you like to connect through eye contact.  Go follow me on the Hunkeedori channel on YouTube if you’d like to connect that way.

I’d like to talk to you today about Moments of Luxury.

What comes to your mind when you think of luxury?

Extravagant vacations?

Expensive clothes?

Long days at a Spa?

I looked up the definition of Luxury in a few places: 

When I Googled it I found this definition: A state of great comfort and extravagant living. 

something desirable but costly or hard to get. 

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defined it this way:

Something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary.

Deepak Chopra defined luxury as:

Comforts and pleasure beyond what is needed for everyday living. 

But did you know that feelings of luxury don’t have to cost anything?

Luxury does not equal material wealth.

And it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Here are a few examples of luxury:

Flowers picked from your garden.

A drop of oil in your bubble bath.

A piece of chocolate, enjoyed slowly in the middle of an ordinary day.

Listening to a favorite song while sitting in a comfortable chair.

When you allow yourself to feel moments of luxury, you are actually acknowledging your self-worth. 

When you believe you are valuable, you surround yourself with luxury.

What if you were to take a moment today to do something that feels luxurious to you?

Did you know that you could look at listening to this podcast as a weekly time of luxury?

Maybe listen with your feet up instead of while cleaning the sink.

Perhaps you could listen as you take a short walk around your neighborhood.

You can change the way you do the simple things and turn them into a moment of luxury.

What is something that makes you feel like you are experiencing luxury, even if it happens in the middle of a busy day?

I love to listen to the crickets on a summer night.

Stopping long enough to watch the sunrise or the sunset.

Feeling the warmth of the sun on my face.

Picking vegetables from my garden or fruit off my trees.

Lighting a scented candle.

Watching a favorite old movie.

Singing at the top of my lungs in a warm shower.

Painting with watercolors and watching them swirl together and form pools of new color on the page of my journal.

Make it a habit to bring small moments of luxury into your life.

The more you do this, the more you will begin to recognize yourself as a worthy person who is deserving of love and abundance.

Pause this podcast or video and write down or at least think of 5 things you could do that would make you feel like you are experiencing a moment of luxury.  Choose things that cost very little but mean so much.

Do you feel worthy of moments of simple luxury?

This is an important question to ask yourself.

If the answer is no… there’s personal work to be done here.

When you don’t feel worth the small moment it takes to experience a simple luxury, burden settles there instead.

This would be an important question to ask yourself in your journaling practice.

Write the question, “Do I feel worthy of taking a moment for a simple luxury?” on a sticky note and put it where you won’t forget to write about this.

I challenge you to write about it the next time you journal.

If you don’t currently have a journaling practice, I want to challenge you to start one.

I’ve given you the first question you can write about.

Take AT LEAST 10 uninterrupted minutes to let whatever comes to your mind flow out onto that page. 

I know from personal experience; you need to give yourself as much time as you can to get the real feelings out.  If you just don’t have the time, promise yourself that you’ll show up for yourself the next day and write more.  Keep showing up for yourself and write about this question until you get everything out.

That may take a week of writing every day.  It may take a month.  If I was completely honest about my journaling practice, I’ve written for a few years on a certain topics before I felt like I had come to a good place about it.  Now that doesn’t mean that I never wrote about anything else during that time, I just let it come up as often as it did, and let it work its way out.  I know that it’s not easy.  But I also know that showing up for yourself in this way, day after day, not only helps you work out the things that are weighing you down subconsciously, it helps you build the muscle to show up for yourself every day.  That helps you build your feelings of self-worth.  You’re worth the time.  Prove it to yourself by showing up for YOU even when you feel like you are too busy.  Show yourself that you are never too busy to show up when you need someone to show up for you.

You are created from love. 

To me, that means I was created by Heavenly Parents that loved me from the beginning of time.

Knowing this has helped me to view myself worthy of love, especially from myself.

Sure, it’s nice when others show me love, but when it doesn’t start with loving myself, I will dismiss the show of love from others as not authentic.  See if that is true for you as well.

You are cherished.  You deserve all the good the world has to offer.

When you view yourself in this way, you open yourself up for these moments of luxury.

You may notice the deep colors of the sunset where you haven’t before.

You may slow down when you go for a walk and enjoy the peace you feel.

You may see the way your child looks at you instead of the need they are asking you to help with.

Whenever you seek for luxury, you will find it.  You will elevate the quality of your life.

This is because the things you see around you will match the way you are viewing yourself from within.

This is the greatest change I’ve felt as I’ve learned to love myself more.

Give it a try and see what differences you begin to notice.

Have you noticed that nothing I’ve asked you to do today cost any money?

Nothing more than a few dollars anyway.

True luxury has nothing to do with extravagant gifts or vacations.

Just elevating the everyday turn moments into something that feel more luxurious.

You are a treasure and worthy of abundance and luxury.

Isn’t that a wonderful thought?!

Thanks for joining me here today and remember:

I see you.  I understand how hard you’re trying, and I’d like to help however I can.

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you back here next week.

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Send them the link right from your phone.

Tell them something new you learned from it and invite them to listen.

Thanks for sharing.  I really appreciate it.

The more people we can invite into feeling better about themselves and the lives that they are living, the more burdens we can lift together!

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090: Moments of Luxury