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When are you feeling most alive? That highly attractive and coveted place when your confidence is soaring, your mind is full of inspiring thoughts, your actions are powerful and your energy reflects a transcendent quality of love. When I am in the midst of living this type of “love fest” I am under the influence of the unconditional and total embrace of me. You can have this experience of radical self acceptance (now) and it may be a key to living longer, having impeccable integrity, expressing strength, being peaceful and feeling more alive as your grow. Are you “all in” for your awesome? Let’s go!

There is a road map to find the fountain of youth and a case for drinking in the refreshment of unbridled love of you. To see yourself as you really are—creative, beautiful and perfect in every way—serves to optimize overall mind-body biological function. When we have a positive picture of ourselves, we respond in kind thru encouraging a healthy and harmonious response of our parasympathetic nervous system. Hence, studying the art of self-acceptance at “Love U” will enable you to healthfully manage the stress hormone cortisol whose job, when left unchecked, is to promote fast forward aging, pummel your immune system, make you fat, sad and increase your risk for heart disease.

Giving your self the gift of healthy esteem is a dance of both grace and grit. Ram Dass said that “the problem is that you are too busy holding onto your unworthiness”. Courageously letting go of your false story of unworthiness is a grace-filled practice of choosing to recognize your true self with fearless grit and determination. This life-giving experience of self recovery can be gifted to yourself with inspiring ease and joy.

Healthy Self Esteem—how do I get there? Begin by identifying what makes you happy and give that experience to yourself without reservation. Cultivate an enjoyable practice of self-care. Embrace eating whole foods and sweating your prayers daily with reckless abandon. Be the first to forgive your self—choose to out-love any mistake that you have held against yourself. Live by design—if your intention is to be healthy, do healthy things. If it is to be peaceful, be what brings you peace. Fearlessly protect and keep agreements about the life you have set for yourself. Know that you are worthy of honoring your word. Always remember that you are alive to the degree that you serve. Know that loving yourself is an act of service that will inspire the world around you.

All you need is love to build your personal ode to awesome. The side effects include an irrepressible desire to circulate unreasonable optimism, an ego-less urge to lead loved ones and strangers in the direction of their dreams and a deep knowing that you are a force for greatness and you demonstrate it in every breath with grace and grit.

IMG_7034e-5About: Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic doctor and expert in functional and lifestyle medicine. An author of nine books, host and founder of Optimum Wellness Media, and Ironman triathlete, James has coached Fortune 50 and 500 companies, MLB and NFL teams, several branches of US Government and consults for companies including BackJoy, SKOOP and Kroger Grocery. He has shared his message to audiences in the US, Europe and Asia.