We’re now in Asia so I can get my US work visa processed, after which we fly to Europe for a series of speaking events. The appointment at the US Embassy is set for Wednesday morning back in Hong Kong, so we took a little side trip to India to visit my mom. Because it’s so hot outside today, Danny and I decided to escape to the cool comfort of a cute little cafe a short ten minute walk from my mom’s house, and that’s where I am writing to you from this week.

We are regulars at this cafe, and as always, the waiter seated us at a table right by the large picture windows, facing the tree lined street outside. Normally, I love sitting outdoors, but the heat today was unbearable, so we opted for sitting inside, where I was still able to view the world outside, from the cool comfort of the air conditioned cafe.

Once settled, I decided to read some of the comments and questions on my social media platforms, which I often do, to get inspiration for my newsletters and videos. A comment from a reader caught my eye. She was questioning how to love our selves and our lives, when we are knee deep in problems and facing depression. She felt that my message was too simple, and doesn’t apply to people like herself, as she felt her problems were too deep to be solved by my message of loving ourselves and finding our joy. She felt life shouldn’t be so hard.

My heart went out to her, and I’m sure she’s not the only one who feels this way. I showed the comment to Danny and he said “Don’t you always tell people to turn inwards? And isn’t it funny how we felt hot outside, so we decided to come inside? It seems that turning inside is the best solution!”

I chuckled at how he made the connection of going into the cafe to escape the heat as a metaphor for turning inwards! I was immediately inspired to respond to the comment by writing this: “You are correct in that, life is not supposed to be so hard. We are not supposed to be so depressed and miserable. But when we are feeling these things, it means that we have lost touch with our inner self, and have become firmly entrenched in the problems of the outer world. Do what it takes to get back in touch with your inner world. That’s what will lead you out of depression. When we look outside for answers, or when we try to change the outer world, it leads to more depression and frustration. The only way out is to go in.”

I then remembered that I recently made a video called “Living Life From The Inside Out” where I speak about exactly this topic, which I linked to my comment for her, and I’m also linking it at the end of this newsletter.

I also want to mention here that there are a lot of resources if you are going through challenges, and one of my favorites is the Hay House World Summit. I always look forward to this time of the year, when we get to experience the wisdom of over a hundred teachers and thought leaders, for free. These are made available as podcasts, and I’ve been doing this for a few years now so if you’ve signed up previously – Hay House already has your email address and would have already emailed you about the summit. If you haven’t heard about the summit and would like to listen, please click here and it will take you to their registration page.

In the meantime, have a great week!

Much Love,
Anita

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