We are constantly working on our outward appearance making sure that we have it all together. Flawless is our goal for our hair and make-up. And let’s not forget the name brand items we have to have for that polished and sophisticated look. Well, we can dress the part and we can look the part, but it doesn’t change who we really are on the inside. I am reminded of the scripture in Matthew 23: 26 “…cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter that the outside of them may be clean also.” How quick we are to start with the outside, without real regard for our inner appearance. Yes, it is easier to conceal the inside, keeping it all behind our so-called flawless look; we are apt to think if we don’t tell it or share it and just keep it to ourselves, then no one will know those internal thoughts, struggles, stresses, aches, and pains. Little do we realize how it seeps through and in some instances, those inward parts of us we tucked so deeply within are actually glaring to those around us. Who are we really fooling? True beauty, true peace, and true self-love starts in the innermost part of us. Self-love is introspective, in-the-moment, and cultivated without interruption. It has nothing to do with those we try to impress. Look closely, shine a light within, and then the clean-up – or better yet the clean out – can start. Our mental closets are full of old stuff that needs to be thrown a way. We let it sit there knowing that it is taking up valuable space from that which has purpose for our journey through life. The Mental Diet: 1. Reduce mental noise. Shutting down mental noise means inner peace. Stop thinking on matters that do not add anything to your life. 2. Never spend more than 10% of your time on a problem, but spend at least 90% of your time on the solution. 3. Negative thoughts may knock, but you don’t have to let them in. 4. “Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.” Ralph Waldo Emerson 5. “Pack Light!” By Erykah Badu, Vocalist “Bag lady you gone hurt your back, Dragging all them bags like that I guess nobody ever told you, All you must hold onto, is you, is you, is you” By: Jackie Warner

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