3 Ways to Practice Self Love based on Simple Mindful Practices

3 Ways to Practice Self Love based on Simple Mindful Practices

“The moment you realise your thoughts are intruding and you stop them … that’s mindfulness”

If you have deep-rooted beliefs about yourself, for example if you feel you are not lovable or, if society or others have made you feel this way, then it can be a journey of discovery to find your truth around self love.

When you accept that love is not a destination to be reached but literally a way to walk in life, self-love practices can be integrated into your daily lilve.

Here are three simple ways to begin this journey using mindful practices.

*            Decrease violence in yourself.

Violence towards the self manifests in many, many ways. Perhaps you use violent self-talk towards yourself; telling yourself that you are not good enough or maybe you blame yourself for the actions of others.

When you start to unravel your stories around violent self-talk you will feel an immediate shift in your life.  We are, each one of us, entitled to receive love. Although you may have been hurt many times in the past this does not mean you are not entitled to be loved.   Maybe the people you have fallen in love with are not capable of giving you love or, of giving you the love you need.   Maybe their beliefs about themselves hold them back from truly giving.

You can accept this fact and forgive yourself for loving someone who was not capable of giving you the love you needed.

Develop the practice of deep listening.

When you listen to what your body needs and what your emotions are telling you, you can begin to align yourself with a positive mindset of self-love.

If for example your default emotion is anger, then maybe your anger is trying to tell you that you need to build stronger boundaries. Maybe your sadness is telling you that you need to listen to your gut instinct and let someone or something go.   Maybe your back pain or pelvic problems are telling you, you don’t have enough support in your life and that you need to surround yourself more with supportive people.

When you hone in and really listen you will begin to realise that self-love starts with listening to yourself and not to others.

Avoid using toxins and poisons.

When you use toxic substances in excess in order to fill gaps in your heart you are not respecting yourself.   It is an act of self-love to realise that toxins and poisons won’t mend a broken heart.   If you stop and find the reason why you carry wounds in your heart you can begin to take steps to mend it.   As you embark on this journey you realise your emotional state is an inside job and that you hold the power inside you all the time.

Mindfulness brings you into the present moment where you can consciously look at and listen to what your body really needs.   When you listen to these signals and messages from your body and act on them, you will begin the journey of walking a life based on self-love that will seep out into all areas of your live and have a ripple affect on the way others treat you.

I share lots of inspiring content over at my Women’s Empowerment Podcast, you can find it on Soundcloud.   AND you get my FREE eBook on finding your authentic voice by subscribing on the home page.

Until next time; keep the faith Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Owner of IrishHealthHour, PodcasterSoul Care PractitionerAuthor

Women’s Empowerment Podcast

Women’s Empowerment Podcast

Welcome to my Women’s Empowerment Podcast.

My aim with this podcast is to help women remember and become the empowered people they already are.

We can all get lost in life, being pushed and pulled by our commitments and daily routines.   We can lose track of our own dreams and end up wearing whatever mask we feel we need at any given time.   This can become so habitual that our own identity becomes unwoven from the fabric of our life.  Our thoughts can be scattered and our actions out of alignment with who we truly are.

But we can learn to remember who it is we are without the masks and limiting beliefs.  We can change our story and stand in our personal power taking back the driver’s seat in our own life in a truly authentic and joyful way.

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Women's Empowerment Podcast

by Dolores Andrew-Gavin | Women's Empowerment Podcast

Are you Ready to Set Yourself FREE?

Are you Ready to Set Yourself FREE?

What would being FREE feel like to you?

Does it stir a feeling in you or ignite a spark?

If it does, great let’s work with this feeling.  Invite it to sit with you and take some time to be alone with it.

Where do you feel it?  What colour is it?  Where in your body is the feeling hiding?  Perhaps your tummy or your heart?

You might remember a time when you were young and as free as a bird or, you might remember always looking for freedom.  Freedom from school, rules, parents or whatever.  Maybe you felt like you never really belonged anywhere?

No matter what your feelings bring up for you, know your worth as you feel deeply into your emotions.  You don’t have to earn it from anyone, nor do you have to give it away to anyone, your worth is already there inside of you.

Embrace it and know you have a right to be here.  Whatever story has been weaved into the fabric of your life can be accepted for what it is and a journey of remembering what you want for the rest of your life activated.

Sometimes your biggest critic is yourself and when you get over proving yourself to yourself, you will feel empowered to reclaim your FREEdom to live life on your terms.

The journey starts with you.

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Author, Assertiveness and Empowerment Coach, Soul Care Practitioner, Energy Therapist and Mum





Setting Solid Intentions for Real Results

Setting Solid Intentions for Real Results


January, 2018

Celtic Soul Essence

Solid intentions yield real results, that there is no denying!   A solid foundation will not crumble under the first hurdle, it will sustain and nurture you and hold you upright with what you want to achieve.

So what are your solid foundations build from?   Well luckily it is not rocket science and we can all build them.   They are built from intentions created from the core of who you are, standing authentically in the world.

When you don’t follow the crowd when you are less distracted by what everybody else is doing and when you become clear what it is you want to do you will get real results.

If you feel you are at a crossroads right now, stop and ask yourself “What is it I actually WANT to do right now?”   Make sure that the inner critic is switched off, give her a rest for a while and become clear that your intentions are coming from a place of desire and not need.   A need is never satisfied, it feeds on more.    A desire is different it brings real results.

Go deep, ask the questions that matter to YOU.

  • What makes YOU tick.
  • What dreams got squashed because you were told you couldn’t or shouldn’t.
  • What desire have you deep in your heart?
  • What gives you a real sense of belonging?

“You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.” Wayne Dyer

The most important question, in my opinion, to write down and answer is

  • What is non-negotiable for me?

It doesn’t matter what is written down, what is it from now on you will not sell your soul for?    What do you need in order to make that solid intention?

Become clear about your intentions and make them so solid they have no choice but to blossom!!!

From an Acorn An Oak Tree is Born

Photograph via Pixabay

You will produce real results when you come from this very solid place.   Your thoughts become in alignment with your intentions and thereby so to will your actions.  It becomes automatic behaviour and you will be amazed at the real results you will see in a short amount of time.

WHY .. you have taken back control of your life .. your way.

Until next time … keep the faith,

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Author, Soul Care Practitioner, Energy Therapist, Founder of IrishHealthHour

Happy Super Full Moon in Gemini

Happy Full Moon in Gemini


December, 2017

Celtic Soul Essence

We know that the Moon’s gravitational force affects the rise and fall of the oceans and because the average human is made up of almost 70% water this explains why the Moon has such an effect on us.  We feel the pull on our watery emotional realm and this is most especially true for women whose psyche is governed by the Moon as opposed to men who are more associated with the Sun!

The Moon fluctuates more than the Sun, changing astrological signs every two and half days as opposed to the Sun which changes sign once a month.


This month’s Super Full Moon falls in the sign of Gemini which is normally a sign of logic and rationality.   Because of Neptune’s position at this time, it dilutes this logical and rationality somewhat and brings our creativity and sensitivity more to the forefront.   So this Super Full Moon is a good time to get creative.   Maybe you want to draw or paint or to create something new.


Photo via Pixabay

Mercury is also going retrograde on the 3rd until the 23rd of December.   This encourages us to look at our values around a certain area in our life.   We can look at where it is falling in our chart to know what it is encouraging us to look at.

This Super Full Moon is giving us an opportunity to look back at our life and to see the wisdom from our past stories whether we perceive these stories as good or bad!    When we take the emotional charge from them, we start to see the patterns that have been unfolding for us.  We then have an opportunity to glean the wisdom from our past stories.

If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it’s OK. But you’ve got to shoot for something. A lot of people don’t even shoot.


When we begin to work with the lunar energies we start to have a better understanding of how we can co-create our lives in an authentic way.  We begin to understand why certain stories come up for us at certain times and why we are more emotional at some times of the month.

We are aware what is happening around us energetically and so can decide not to be reactive to it.   We can see the signs and make our own choices.

If you would like to come journey with me for a 7-month adventure starting in January you can find out details here.   We will work uniquely with what comes us for us where we are in our lives.