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Enjoy Life Today- 5 Simple Practices
There’s no better time than the present, to give yourself the gift of a more meaningful moment today. Here are 5 practices you can try out that just may add a little more joy to your day.
#1 Practice Yoga
At a studio or in your living room! Yoga forces you to be present to both your body and your soul. It’s a great way to build health on several levels. It floods your body with endorphins (which feels great!) and helps you develop presence- and muscle tone!
#2 Keep a Gratitude Journal
Just taking 5 minutes a day to reflect on the simply things you are grateful for can completely shift your energy, and bring you into a place a peace and appreciation. When you are focusing on what you are grateful for, you naturally feel more happiness and are opening up to receive more of what you want in your life. This is a great, simple practice.
There are as many ways to meditate as there are people. Meditation is a great way to connect to your inner being… to the part of you that naturally resides in joy, love and contentment. The invisible, eternal you.
Here is a simple practice to try out. No need to find a quiet place- right where you are is perfect. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Close your eyes, (after you read this article!) and take a nice deep breath in, and slowly exhale. Take another deep breath in and hold it for just a moment, and then slowly exhale. Breathe naturally, and continue to focus your awareness on your breath. Breathing in and out, just notice how your body moves. Your mind is going to wander, it’s ok. Whenever you notice you’re thinking about something else, simply bring your awareness back to your breath. That’s it! Try it out for a few days. I know it sounds simple, but the implications are powerful.
Volunteering is an amazing way connect to your heart and to feel the amazing gifts that you have to share…even if your life feels like a train wreck at the time! No matter what is happening in your life, you still have incredible blessings to share with the people or animals or trees in your neighborhood. The best advice I could give to someone who is feeling a little off or completely depressed, is to go out and be in service to those around them. There is an inexplicable something that happens when we shift into service consciousness within ourselves.
If you think about it, have you ever felt bad after helping someone out? Or after giving a thoughtful smile or dollar bill to a homeless person? Random acts of kindness actually releases endorphins for not only the giver, but also for people around who may be observing the generosity happening. It’s good for you and it’s good for the world to help those in need.
And the final practice that is bound to bring more joy your way today….
A great way to start the day is to pull out piece of paper and pen and think of someone you love. It doesn’t have to be a lover, but it can be! Just thinking about a friend, or an aunt or brother, and reflecting on what you appreciate about them, or your favorite memory of them can create a great short and sweet love letter. And imagine someone you love receiving an actual card in the mail! It’s always the perfect time to express love to the people who love.
We are usually super great at sharing with people in our world what we wish they were doing differently or how we wish they would behave. Give them a gift, and give yourself a gift, by focusing on the good and the beauty in the people in your world.
Enjoy Life Today- 5 Simple Practices
Posted By Aila Hale
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