Do you feel stuck in this crazy life like you keep on repeating lessons again and again? Are you hitting a wall of overwhelming confusion - doubting and questioning yourself because nothing makes sense to you the way it did in the past? Do not fear! We are all going through a period of tremendous transformation, and during these times, we may want to make changes in our lives while cutting ties with people and situations that feel heavy or toxic.
Let’s work through this process together by exploring these 5 habits to encourage growth and change by way of letting go.
1) Honor Yourself through Mindfulness
This is simply the practice of living in the moment and being aware, instead of falling back into our past or worrying about a future event. We can harness the power of our mind to be present. The more you focus on this awareness, the more you will enjoy your life. Actions: You need to be aware, set your intention, and practice just like you would on anything you want to improve. Try these steps: mindful focus, deep breathing, inner awareness, visualizations, and meditation. You can also be in this mindful state by doing everyday subliminal tasks such as folding laundry or washing dishes. Wherever you choose to be, be there completely - mind, body, and spirit.
2) Be in your body
The more you are in the present moment and in your body consciously, the more impact you have on your life. Actions:
- Rub your hands together to literally feel the power and warmth of energy, and place those healing hands on your heart - or any place you want to send extra love.
- Exercise your body, dance to your favorite music, create in the kitchen, listen to inspired meditation, play a musical instrument, watch a sunrise or sunset, smell your favorite flower, fresh-baked bread, or any scent the warms your heart. Look at life through the lens of an SLR camera or your smartphone camera.
- Involve yourself in new ways of exploration and have an adventure instead of just going through the motions.
These body mindful actions will help you create the life you want.
Some people love this, and others are somewhat uncertain. Journaling should be an easy addition to your routine and fun to experiment with. Actions: You can jot a few notes when you rise in the morning. And do the same before you fall asleep. The goal is to relate to the day's concerns and reflect upon them. The more you get in the habit of writing your thoughts, the greater your gratitude. And you'll find it much easier to release anger and frustration, resulting in a happier you. A positive way to process what you are feeling and experiencing is through writing. Write when you are inspired and create routines to make this new habit easier to continue and build on.
4) Be Creative
Let loose on whatever is calling to you with creative expression. Actions: Do you like to garden or create artistically? Maybe you enjoy photography, singing or dancing. Engage your body, mind, and spirit into whatever really moves you and speaks to you deeply. This not only will support you, but it will help you shine brighter and have your voice, viewpoints, and perspectives with others be heard. We all could use a little more sharing and diversity right now as we piece our world back together in a harmonious way, one step and one day at a time.
5) Go Outside
Peace and calm from nature are always food for the soul. Actions: Whether you are walking around the block with your dog, visiting a nearby park, surfing the ocean, or climbing mountains - getting fresh air in open spaces is good for the soul. There is something very grounding and peaceful about being outside in nature. And when the sun is shining on you, it is even better! When you take the focus off your concerns, you’ll realize that life is much bigger than you. You were created by the same source that created the beauty around you, and this should shift your perspective and settle your heart! Oh, and how could I forget – soaking up the moonlight is also amazingly healing and gentle.
Carve out consistent time for inner reflection. Recognize where you are and accept the present. Yes, we all carry emotional scars and bruises, and that is ok. Do not judge or compare yourself to others. You are doing the very best that you can each day.
I hope these 5 practices help you find some level of peace amid the ‘noise and haste’ of the everyday. And if you find yourself in need of more personal guidance, the experts at PathForward are always here for you!