If you don’t live the days of your life achieving something whether it’s a goal, plans, or dreams, chances are you spend most of your time caught up in a flurry of day-to-day activities
What are some of those things you’ve always wanted to do before you die?
Having a list of all the the goals we want to realize, the dreams we want to fulfill, and the experiences we desire to have, keeps us focused on doing what is important. It reminds us of what is significant to us so we can act on it.
The whole point of creating your list is to maximize every moment of our existence and live our life to the fullest. It’s a reminder of all the things we want to achieve in our time here, so that instead of pandering our time in pointless activities, we are directing it fully toward what matters to us.
Here are the greatest bucket list ideas ever:
1. Expand my thinking beyond what I am conditioned to conceive of
2. Delegate more effectively so that I have more time to work on what matters most
3. Lose weight without orienting my life around it
4. Develop a financial plan to become financially independent at age
5. Change my relationship with food from comfort to sustenance
6. Change my approach from selling to telling and from telling to modeling
7. Learn how to set up a website that showcases myself and my services/company
8. Become masterful with sending and receiving all forms of email
9. Improve the quality of my home life
10. Take much more time for me instead of living too much for others
11. Take charge of my life instead of letting other people run it for me
12. Become unconditionally constructive in everything I say
13. Design a lifestyle that makes me incredibly happy
14. Improve the profitability of my company by at least
15. Expand my network to include the finest professionals in 100 different fields
16. Stop pushing for individual sales and start investing in lifetime buying relationships
17. Goof off and not feel guilty about it
18. Communicate so well that people respond immediately
19. Turn my time into an asset — 1440 ‘assets’ a day
20. Eliminate or reduce adrenaline in my life so I don’t burn myself and others up
21. Redesign my life so that it’s oriented around vacations, not work
22. Increase by ability to process more information without getting overwhelmed
23. Accelerate my personal evolution
24. Feel a lot better about myself and my family
25. Reduce the amount of conflict in my life so that I can relax
26. Increase the amount of money I have in savings
27. Start a new business and avoid the common learning curve
28. Identify the triggers that cause adrenaline, before they get me wired
29. Start reading the books that will help you evolve instead of merely develop
30. Design my path of personal development
31. Reduce what I am tolerating at work
32. Clean out the clutter in my closets, draws and garage
33. Learn how to ask the right questions in any selling situation
34. Create a buying environment instead of a selling environment
35. Learn how to make more money in the New Economy
36. Discover what is causing dissonance in my life
37. Become cyber and Internet literate without having to struggle through the process
38. Come to endorse my worst weakness as my biggest strength
39. Be able to look at any problem and see an opportunity, without wearing rose colored glasses
40. Have more patience, especially when I have none
41. Walk my talk without strutting
42. Become a Toleration-Free Zone
43. Strengthen my Personal Foundation so that the underpinnings of my life are rock solid
44. Add value to my customers and clients, just for the joy of it
45. Identify the unique skills and talents that I know are waiting to be leveraged
46. Eliminate delay, so I don’t miss opportunities
47. Stop procrastinating and be ‘inventory-free’
48. Toss out my to-do list (or to create one)
49. Expand my vocabulary so that I can better express myself in any situation
50. Stop whining and start winning
51. Find the career that is no longer work
52. Play with my kids everyday instead of when I have time
53. Identify every source of stress in my life and either reduce or eliminate it
54. Put my family first without having to put myself second
55. Learn how to give people what want, without it costing me anything
56. Evolve from win-lose to win-win in my thinking
57. Design values-based goals instead of whim-based goals
58. Stop taking live so darn seriously
59. Give others the experienced of being heard, instead of just being listened to
60. Increase my bandwidth in order to handle more input
61. React less and respond more
62. Clean up my life and start clean
63. Start over
64. Discover my personal values and orient my life around these
65. Identify and eliminate 10 tolerations in the next 10 days
66. Create a perfect life
67. Become self-actualized
68. Write a book without the pain
69. Develop a LifePlan and start living it
70. Make the personal changes I have not been able to make on my own
71. Get focused
72. Blow up the blocks standing in the path to success
73. Start taking the path of least resistance instead of working against life
74. Increase the momentum in life so that I am carried forward instead of pushing myself
75. Find a better way to motivate myself
76. Stop watching Jay Leno and get to bed earlier
77. Throw out my television set
78. Move to the country because I want to
79. Make a significant personal decision
80. Create a business plan without taking 3 months to do so
81. Get in the habit of flossing daily
82. Get the support I need to visit the dentist
83. Get the nudge I need to hire a house cleaner so I don’t have to do it
84. Improve my attitude so I’m always positive, naturally
85. Take more chances
86. Change my relationship with risk
87. Develop a reserve of time during my day
88. Get out of a rut.
89. Do a personal makeover
90. Improve what I see in the mirror
91. Keep me on track around using Nautilus 3 times per week
92. Better identify the people who are really good for me, and who are not
93. Extend my boundaries without setting up walls
94. Strengthen my character so I am really proud of who I am
95. Become more sensitive with people who need that from me
96. Stop micromanaging people
97. Bring in 5 new clients a month
98. Make a million dollars next year
99. Become a saver and therefore start saving because I enjoy it
100. Reduce my credit card debt much faster than I am currently
101. Get control over my spending
102. Build a “team” with my area managers
103. Spend more time in the garden
104. Spend more time at the beach
105. Spend more time
106. Learn how to practice Extreme Self Care
107. Increase my havingness level to that I can maintain my success
108. Simplify everything
109. Get back to exercising: 40 sit-ups and 20 push-ups per day
110. Be able to meet men and women and not get anxious about it
111. Book at least 5 selling appointments in the next 10 days
112. Help me identify my unique selling proposition and my label
113. Close ten new clients in next 90 days
114. Start an email-based weekly newsletter to expand my network
115. Easily ask for what I want
116. Become a very direct and confident communicator
117. Tell the truth instead of what people want to hear.
118. Increase my awareness
119. Slow down to enjoy the weather and take in the wonder of everyday life
120. Spend less time in the future and more time enjoying the present
121. Design my winning formula
122. Reduce business expenses by $20,000
123. Increase business by 20% without spending more on advertising
124. Identify three specific goals that light me up for next year
125. Get clear on my values and align my goals with them
126. Create an inspiring project where I will touch at least 100 people per month
127. Launch a national organisation
128. Become a better team leader so employees love their jobs
129. Create a sales program for a new niche
130. Let go of the people in my life who drain my energy
131. Create a personal health plan that includes exercise
132. Take more days off
133. Plan three wonderful vacations for next year
134. Set clear boundaries and train those around me to treat me with respect
135. Begin a financial independence plan
136. Save $100,000 next year
137. Take a day every week to renew and rejuvenate
138. Develop a national reputation for what I do well
139. Brainstorm and prioritize the best ideas to use in my business
140. Work 25% less hours without making less
141. Become a person who smiles almost all of the time
142. Write to someone with whom I have unfinished business
143. Apologize to someone to whom it is very difficult
144. Ask my partner to give three hours of his time per week, to release me to do something I really enjoy
145. Discover what makes me tick
Goals in Life
146. Bring balance to work, home, community and personal time over a three months
147. Start running each morning
148. Decrease body fat percentage by 10% within six months
149. Upgrade all computer programs within three months
150. Stop smoking completely within three months
151. Stop over-promising and making commitments
152. Complete a tough project on time
153. Pay off car loan one year early
154. Buy a new car within 6 months
155. Buy a house within one year
156. Quit my job to work from home within two years
157. Become a telecommuter
158. Go half-time at work
159. Redecorate house in 6 months
160. Negotiate a 10% raise next evaluation
161. Learn five skills to better communicate with my children
162. Learn five skills to better communicate with my spouse
163. Establish one delicious habit and do it every day
164. Rebuild my life after a loss
165. Bring romance back into my marriage within 90 days
166. Discover my life purpose and begin setting goals to live it within 90 days
167. Become more efficient without becoming a machine
168. Return to school to pursue a graduate
169. Get married within five years
170. Expand business to sell products over the Internet
171. Take a trip to Europe
172. Go on a safari
173. Own a boat
174. Stop fibbing and lying completely within three months
175. Build meditation and yoga into daily
176. Achieve assigned sales numbers one week prior to end of month to avoid rushing for sales the last week
177. Spend 10% less money monthly
178. Identify 101 things I love to do and do one each day
179. Decrease time spent paying bills
180. Increase personal time by four hours a week within one month
Examples of Goals
181. Enroll in a cooking class
182. Take scuba lessons and go on a Caribbean dive
183. Discard unnecessary household and personal items within three months
184. Discard items cluttering office and desk within one month
185. Establish three things I am passionate about as priorities in my life within six months
186. Drop three clothing sizes within six months
187. Fit into those 32-inch Levis within six months
188. Go on a guilt-free shopping spree
189. Pay back money owed to friends within 6 months
190. Stop complaining within 14 days
191. Shift/release a sabotaging belief within 60 days
192. Reconcile credit report within 6 months
193. Establish and enforce boundaries within a relationship
194. Reduce number of credit cards to three in 18 months
195. Move into a larger apartment within nine months
196. Visit grandparents out-of-state within the year
197. Design a class or TeleClass and market it within six months
198. Allow one day out of each month to do something I really want to do
199. Organize my pension, will, life insurance and mortgage papers within 60 days
200. Meet with a Financial Advisor twice a year to keep finances updated to set goals on a weekly basis
201. Genuinely thank people who help me, daily
202. Reestablish a lost relationship
203. Call up one member of my family per week, just to say
204. Pay off mortgage within five years
205. Be prepared for a holiday season (eg, Christmas) at least one month before the holiday begins
206. Train a pet to consistently perform a desired action on command
207. Reorient personal and professional life completely around values (not wants and needs) within three years
208. Join Toastmasters and complete first ten speeches within six months
209. Develop two new profit centers in my business within one month
210. Trash 100 megabytes of stuff I don’t need on my computer
211. Clean out/purge all home and work files this month
212. Get my hair cut and styled the way I really want it and the way that is most attractive for me
213. Say “no” 5 times this week
214. Keep the gas tank in my vehicle at least half full at all times
215. Join and participate in those networking groups that will assist in business and personal life
216. Disentangle from those organizations that do not add value to business or personal life within one month
217. Learn how to use a computer
218. Develop a sense of style
219. Take a world tour
220. Improve my reputation among my colleagues
221. Attract the mate of my dreams
222. Become Ms Right instead of searching for Mr Right
223. Turn my ideas into revenue streams
224. Clean up where I get my energy from
225. Reduce the friction in my life by finding the right oil
226. Develop a reserve of opportunities so I don’t have to look for them
227. Build a personal support network of people with similar interests
228. Learn how to attract business instead of constantly marketing for it
229. Design a personal development plan for my children
230. Deepen my relationships with my friends
231. Delight my customers, not just please them
232. Become a more respectful person of other peoples’ ways
233. Keep my word
234. Be accountable for results
235. Enjoy responsibility instead of trying to avoid it
236. Clarify my professional commitments
237. Become an adult in every sense of the word
238. Learn how to say no without turning people off
239. Make it clear to people what I require of them
240. Reorganize my office and work environment
241. Automate and delegate almost every aspect of my personal tasks and chores
242. Get more done, but slow the pace of how I’m working
243. Increase my self-esteem
244. Balance my personal, family and business lives
245. Better integrate what I already have
246. Reduce the roles I am for others
247. Become a lot more creative in what I do
248. Prioritize my time so that I don’t feel rushed and exhausted
249. Trust my inklings more
250. Turn my intuition into my primary decision-making system
251. Develop a marketing strategy for my business
252. Build my personal brand
253. Free myself from my beliefs
254. Come to accept that which I resist
255. Become a better writer
256. Speak in a lazer-like fashion
257. Become an effective public speaker
258. Find my voice and speak confidently
259. Distinguish truth from b.s. in every situation, instantly
260. Become a proactive person who never waits
261. Develop grace
262. Improve the relationship I have with my husband
263. Improve the relationship I have with my spouse
264. Improve the relationship I have with my wife
265. Improve the relationship I have with my children
266. Improve the relationship I have with my son
267. Improve the relationship I have with my daughter
268. Improve the relationship I have with my father
269. Improve the relationship I have with my mother
270. Improve the relationship I have with my siblings
Bucket List Ideas
271. Improve the relationship I have with my in-laws
272. Improve the relationship I have with my neighbours
273. Improve the relationship I have with my boss
274. Set Foot on North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Australia, Antarctica and Africa)
275. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
276. Personally Know Someone Famous
277. Dance with Miss America
278. Swim with a Dolphin
279. Learn a Foreign Language and Actually Use It
280. Have my Portrait Painted
281. Watch a Space Shuttle Launch
282. Be an Extra in a Film
284. Scuba Dive
285. Ride a Train
286. Be a Member of a Studio Audience
287. Send a Message in a Bottle and get a Response
288. Go to Space
289. Plant a Tree and Watch it Grow
290. Learn to Ballroom Dance -Properly
291. Sit on a Jury
292. Write an Autobiography
293. Be Someone’s Mentor
294. Shower in a Waterfall
295. Learn to Legitimately Play a Song on any Musical Instrument
296. Teach someone illiterate to read
297. Spend the night in a haunted place
298. See a Lunar Eclipse
299. Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square
300. Drive Across America Coast-to-Coast
301. Go Snow Skiing
302. Crash an extravagant wedding
303. Write my will
304. Sleep under the stars
305. Go white-water rafting
306. Own my own house
307. Grow a garden and eat the produce
308. Have six-pack abs
309. Go Deep Sea Fishing
310. Spend time at a concentration camp
311. Create a Family Tree
312. Spoil my grandchildren
313. Catch a foul ball or home-run at a MLB game
314. Hit a hole-in-one
315. Run a marathon
316. Swim with sharks
317. Experience weightlessness – no gravity
318. Go to a sumo wrestling match
319. See a tornado touch ground
320. Go to an active volcano
321. Go to a nudist colony
322. Travel on a safari
323. Ride a bull
324. Run with the bulls in Pamplona
325. Attend a Jewish wedding
326. Go to a Pow-Wow
327. Ride a cable car in San Francisco
328. Watch the Yankees-Red Sox in Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium
329. Try to make a guard laugh at Buckingham Palace
330. Walk a length of the Great Wall of China
331. Go to a drive-in movie theater
332. See Mt. Rushmore
333. Drive an 18-wheeler
334. Eat a meal from a world-class chef
335. Crash a Hollywood Studio
336. Meet someone famous randomly
337. Spend a day in a spa
338. Walk the red carpet at a huge event
339. Stay at a 5-star hotel
340. See Stonehenge
341. Stand next to a pyramid
342. Ride a Gondola in Venice
343. Take a yoga class
344. Take a photography class
345. Shake hands with a President
346. Learn how to sail
347. See the Northern Lights
348. Kiss on top the Eiffel Tower
349. Learn to Juggle
350. Get a tattoo
351. Crowd Surf at a rock concert
352. Bungy Jump
353. Save someone’s life
354. Get a book published
355. Get a standing ovation
356. Kill a wild game animal
357. Make a clay pot
358. Relax in Tahiti for at least two weeks
359. Live abroad
360. Eat frog legs and gumbo and shrimp in the Deep South
362. Be on a game show
363. Go treasure hunting
364. Be involved in a heist
365. Own a pet monkey
366. Land a flip on a wakeboard
367. Surf the waves in Hawaii
368. Enter a professional Ping-Pong tournament
369. Give my daughter away at her wedding to a man who deserves her
370. Watch the sunset on a beach on my honeymoon
371. Coach my son’s little league baseball team
372. Run my own successful business
373. Watch OU-Texas at the Red River Rivalry
374. Walk across hot coals
375. Go to all 50 U.S. States
376. Be on a Reality TV show.
377. Be completely out of debt.
378. Go on a cruise.
379. Drive through a Redwood Tree.
380. Ride the Skycoaster at the Royal Gorge
381. Go to the Summer Olympic Games
382. Have acupuncture
383. Visit the Hoover Dam
384. Climb Chichen Itza
385. Stand beside the Christ the Redeemer statue
386. Walk around the Colosseum in Rome
387. Visit Machu Picchu
388. Explore Petra
389. Take a picture in front of the Taj Mahal
390. Adopt a child
391. Travel to the center of all religion, Jerusalem
392. Ride a Segway
393. Attend a World Cup Match
394. Go Ice Fishing
395. Take the Polar Plunge in a cold weather country
396. Give a commencement speech
397. Sleep on a Trampoline
398. Swim in every ocean
399. Fly an airplane
400. Go to a NASCAR race
401. Have a street named after me
402. Tour the White House
403. Set a World Record
404. Get something patented
405. Catch a trout while fly fishing
406. Eat at a Brazilian Steakhouse in Brazil
407. Visit an orphanage in a foreign country
408. Ride a Double Decker Bus in London
409. Set atop the London Eye
410. Get my Ph.D
411. Complete the Hawaii IRONMAN Challenge
412. Draw a charge from Nick Collison in a pickup basketball game
413. Give a speech to over 10,000 people
414. Attend the Iditarod
415. Baptize somebody somewhere cool
416. Be an Olympian
417. Be in a community theater
418. Be in the $40,000 plus speaking club
419. Be interviewed on national morning show
420. Be invited onto a professional court/field
421. Be invited to the white house
422. Be the world champion of public speaking
423. Build a tree house
424. Buy someone a house
425. Camp in a national park
426. Carry the Olympic torch
427. Climb a lighthouse
428. Complete a 40 day fast
429. Crank my neck upward at the Sistine Chapel
430. Create a board game
431. Dance with an African Tribe
432. Dig a well for community
433. Eat at Michelin award-winning restaurant
434. Eat chocolate in Switzerland
435. Encircle a giant sequoia at Yosemite National Park
436. Finish a corn maze
437. Fly a kite with my girls on the beach
438. Fly in a private jet
439. Get gas at the world’s largest truck stop
440. Give a $10,000 gift to charity
441. Give a $25,000 gift
442. Give a $50,000 gift
443. Give away a car
444. Go indoor skydiving
445. Go on a 30 Day leadership adventure
446. Go whale watching
447. Go Zorbing
448. Golf at Pebble Beach
449. Graduate with a master’s degree
450. Have a book published
451. Have a conversation in 2 second languages
452. Hear Niagara Falls
453. Help build an orphanage
454. Hike in the Grand Canyon
455. Hike part of the Appalachians
456. Host a Christmas party for people with nowhere to go
457. Host a collection (10 piece min)
458. Host a foreign exchange student
459. Host a leadership training in Antarctica
460. Invent a well-known game
461. Kiss the Blarney Stone
462. Live in NYC for 6 months
463. Make a scrapbook with each child
464. Marvel at Aurora Borealis
465. Meet the POTUS
Bucket List Ideas
466. Mush a dog sled
467. Own a house outright
468. Own a cool antique
469. Own a pinball machine
470. Own a signed copy of “Giving Tree”
472. Participate in a reenactment
473. Plant a master’s commission or ministry school
474. Play bocce ball
475. Be on a Radio Show
476. Crash a Party
477. Push a stone at Stonehenge
478. Quote scripture at Christ the Redeemer
479. Raise $1 million in 1 fundraiser
480. Raise my arms on the top 5 coasters in the world
481. Read 52 books in 1 year
482. Read the Bible in 7 different translations
483. Read the complete works of C.S. Lewis
484. Read the top 100 books of all time
485. Read the works of John Maxwell
486. Receive an honorary degree
487. Ride a camel in its natural environment
488. Ride a roller coaster at Cedarpoint
489. Ride an ostrich
490. Ride in a gondola
491. Ride in a helicopter
492. Run a 1/2 marathon
493. RV across part of America
494. Say something profound which becomes a famous quote
495. See a bear catch a salmon
496. See Adele in concert
497. See blinded eyes open
498. See Old Faithful erupt in Yellowstone
499. See the Acropolis in Greece
500. Shake hands with a matador
501. Camp at the Grand Canyon
Did you add any of these items to your list? Start creating yours now. Write it down, mix it up, make it personal and stay motivated. Download more of the bucket list below:
We would also like to here about your Bucket list ideas. Tell us in the comments about your top 10 Bucket List ideas.
4 Helpful Tools In Making The World A Better Place & Find Abundance
Here’s an insight into making the world a better place. Let us all learn from the expert…
I was reminded this past week of a very important spiritual concept: The world is an abundant place. The idea of abundance seems straightforward, but do we really believe the idea that there’s more than enough to go around for everyone?
To be abundant means to be plentiful and prosperous—to have enough of what you desire. So why would we choose to view our world from a place of inadequacy or scarcity instead?
Have you found yourself getting up in the morning, then immediately rushing around, and soon you are focusing your attention on what isn’t going right in your day? You become frustrated, and then your day just seems to spiral out of control.
Things seem to keep getting worse as the day progresses, and all because you’re focusing on the “lack” or the negative aspects of your life: what you can’t get done, what went wrong yesterday, and what you aren’t able to accomplish today. You feel you lack an abundance of time to do the things you want to do. To transform that into something positive, I challenge you to say, “The world is an abundant place” and shift your perspective.
It’s true that we all have insanely busy lives these days. There’s so much more to do than our linear view of time will allow us to accomplish. To make matters worse, we desire things we think we’ll never attract because we’re not deserving of them. We think there’s not enough “good stuff” out there to go around, so perhaps focusing on less, not more, is the right solution.
I’d love to change your thoughts to “the world is an abundant place” and help you believe that God intends for you to have everything you desire – love, money, health, time, etc. So how do we change our thought patterns?
- Below are some tools in making the world a better place:
- 1. Start your day by taking a deep breath and finding fifteen minutes in the morning to focus your attention on your abundance.
- 2. Think about the positive things you expect to attract.
- 3. Be grateful for every person who asks you out on a date—even if he or she does not become ‘the one’ you envision dating.
- 4. Write in your gratitude journal every evening to show your appreciation for all the things you’ve attracted thus far.
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Below are some tools in making the world a better place:
1. Start your day by taking a deep breath and finding fifteen minutes in the morning to focus your attention on your abundance.
This will be the most important fifteen minutes of your day. Breathe deeply and do a short meditation—be grateful for every wonderful thing you’ve attracted into your life thus far.
2. Think about the positive things you expect to attract.
Notice I use the word “expect”—not what you “would like” to attract. The Law of Attraction dictates that by setting an expectation and then “feeling” that you already have these new things in your life . . . you automatically begin to attract them, because you believe they will occur. This does take a bit of practice, but in the midst of our crazy schedules, it can be a very powerful tool to shift your thoughts and transform your life.
Each evening, take ten minutes to write in a journal of gratitude. Jot down all the things you accomplished that day and the abundance you’ve already attracted into your life. Keep a list of what you expect to attract and plan out steps to make it happen.
For example, if it’s a relationship you desire, write down the wonderful qualities of that special person and how he or she would treat you. Imagine the feeling of being happy because this person has come into your life. Know that person is just around the corner because you deserve him or her! Find meaning in making the world a better place.
3. Be grateful for every person who asks you out on a date—even if he or she does not become ‘the one’ you envision dating.
Write in your journal the wonderful qualities of the person you attracted. Don’t view the person as “lacking” what you desire; instead, appreciate that person’s kindness. Tell them so, too, even if your answer is no.
4. Write in your gratitude journal every evening to show your appreciation for all the things you’ve attracted thus far.
There is more than enough abundance in the world, and you don’t have to settle for less than you desire! Shine your Light in every situation, and you will attract more of what you desire.
Remember, the world is an abundant place because you opened yourself up to receiving it. You’ll find that making the world a better place is not so hards at all.
Have a week filled with amazing joy and abundance my friends! XO Shari A. Hembree, Author www.shariahembree.com
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6 Steps to Unleashing Joy, Opening Up, & Being More Yourself
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
How much of the time is the authentic YOU showing up in the world?
Do you have a different persona for your work, home life, friends, strangers, and the check-in person at the airport?
Stress, grief, past or current pain or trauma, illness, or anxiety can cause us to retreat inward.
Just like preparing a house to survive the impact of a hurricane, we can close the shutters, protect fragile points of entry, conserve resources, stock up on necessities, and retreat inside.
If you have found yourself hiding the real you from the world, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Unless you are age four or under, crafting an ever-shifting-persona is a natural protection mechanism.
We learn as we grow-up that opening up and being authentic can lead to a slug of pain and a slap of heartache. Intuitively we find out what psychologists have tested to be true: people like those who mimic or mirror their body language. People also find it easier to like those who are similar or share the same interests and passions.
So is it any wonder that all at once everyone is wearing the same color of teal or using the same slang? Is it a surprise that individuals in a group can converge in dress, tastes, interests, and values?
- Here are steps to opening up and be more of yourself towards others:
Here are steps to opening up and be more of yourself towards others:
Step 1: Find Your Joy
Can you name five concrete experiences that bring you joy?
Joy is delight fused with serenity and evokes a sense of connection to others, nature, or the divine. Joy is playful and generous.
The first step towards opening up and being authentically you is to uncover what brings you joy. List at least five experiences which bring joy into your life on a daily basis.
Next, you can explore and remember what caused a flash of unexpected joy in the past few months. Recall moments of bliss from your life and write them down too.
List at least five surprises which bring joy into your life sporadically.
Be warned against ascribing to your cultural or familial imprinted definitions of delight. Whereas joy for everyone around you could be a rainbow sprinkled ice-cream cone, for you, it could be a cup of tea and dramatic rain clouds shifting across the sky.
Looking for some daily joy-list inspiration? Here’s my daily joy-list:
1. The first sip of espresso in the morning.
2. Strolling barefoot through the dew-covered grass and examining my garden.
3. Laughter or delight (anyone’s around me, or mine).
4. An unexpected bright dash of color and white space.
5. A smile from a someone I don’t know.
7. Listening to the rhythmic breath of my sleeping children.
9. Chocolate and a captivating book.
10. The last ten minutes of yoga.
Looking for some irregular joy-list inspiration? Here’s my sporadic joy-list:
1. Breathing fresh air and taking a break from the digital while hiking up a mountain, or skiing down one.
2. A day spent swimming in the lake and then picnicking on the shore.
3. Seeing someone I love who lives far away again.
4. Dressing up to celebrate someone.
5. Mastering a new skill.
6. Connecting with someone new, or someone dear, in a deeper way.
7. Going dancing.
8. Cutting and arranging fresh-cut flowers or greenery from my garden.
9. Giving the perfect gift or crafting the perfect experience for someone.
10. Spending a day walking and playing in the woods.
Ready to make your own personalized joy-lists?
Step 2: Schedule in More Joy Moments
It turns out, you can actually add more joy to your life at little cost. Who knew?
By scheduling more of what brings YOU joy into your life, you will be
illuminating the authentic you; you’ll begin to be more of you with everyone, everywhere you go.
The truth is that joy is contagious. The positive energy bounces off you and out into the world. People around you will feel your ‘good vibrations’ and respond with a smile.
Unless they are grumpy sour-faces. Then they will resent you like hell until of course, they ask you why you are so dang happy.
In which case, you can tell them. You can even show them your list, and ask them for their Joy Top Five.
Step 3: Relate in a New Way
When you meet someone new, which YOU do you present? What is the first question you ask?
The first question a lot of people ask is, ‘so, what do you do?’ or ‘what do you study?’ or ‘where are you from?’
It is natural for all of us to be comparing. The ego likes to rank where we stand. We can have the very best intentions, but when we ask about someone’s job, it will be challenging to resist ascribing judgment based on their profession. The same is true for where they come from.
Try it. If I say that I’m an award-winning artist living in New York City, what happens? If I shift to telling you I’m studying astrophysics in Russia, what is your reaction? What about if I answer I am a housekeeper in England?
Now try asking someone about their sources of joy in their daily life. What will happen?
They will most likely answer honestly.
People don’t tend to lie about what brings them delight. You can sense a genuine answer by the way their eyes light up when they talk about their source of joy.
Then you will either find out that you:
1. Share a common source of joy
2. Discover something new and authentic about the person
3. Could try the idea on for yourself
Step 4: Be Brave. Control the Conversation.
Perhaps it’s time to shift the conversation.
The pressure of kicking-butt at work and adding being a source of support and joy to those we love can get intense.
Most of the time, we have a feeling that we are letting someone, or something important in our lives, down. We just know we could or should be a better parent, partner, friend, daughter, son, sibling, employee, entrepreneur, artist, cook, or [insert what matters to you most].
The problem is that the world today is so loud and so busy, that it can all feel overwhelming.
It can feel overwhelmingly negative.
Sure, we’ve all read that optimists live longer, enjoy better health, and attract more friends and success. The problem is that when stress, anxiety, illness, or just pure bad-luck kick in, that extra dose of negative news or interaction with your boss can pitch you into negativity.
Just like joy vibrates outward and is contagious, so too is a dark mood and outlook. Get one person complaining bitterly and watch the conversation take a turn for the worst.
The next time those around you are in a stressed out funk, try shaking them up a bit. Ask them about their favorite time of day, or the last time delight flooded out the noise of pressure and expectation.
Step 5: Yoga Yourself to Opening Up
Why does yoga boost your self-esteem? You start to build an inner fire when you show up every day on your yoga mat. You will feel proud that you commit to practice and follow through, even if this commitment is just ten minutes per day.
With time you will master poses you never thought possible, achieve flexibility you only dreamed of, and gradually slim to a healthy weight. There will be a surge of confidence the first time you kick up into a handstand, or your heels touch the floor in downward dog.
When you start a regular yoga practice you begin to show up for yourself by taking responsibility for your physical, mental, and perhaps spiritual wellness too. By engaging in self-respect, if not self-love, you will raise your self-esteem.
Step 6: Give Dark Emotions Space to Be.
Yes, you read that correctly. First I told you to write out a joy-list, to add more of those experiences into your life, and to talk more about joy with everyone you meet.
Now I’m telling you to sit on the ground and do nothing.
Yes, I mean literally.
Meditation is a way to open yourself up and to be more of yourself by feeling connected to everyone and everything.
Meditation will unleash your joy in a way nothing else can.
Sitting and watching your thoughts glide past as you focus on your breath will unleash some negative emotions.
The noise and business of life can block out the anger, sadness, shame, and fear. All of those emotions can bubble up while you sit still, in silence. You may have been unaware they were just below the surface.
Do you know what is gorgeous about giving dark emotions space to surface? It may take weeks, or months, or years, but the fear will seep away.
With time, the negative emotions will roll through you without invoking a knee-jerk reaction to smother them with food, entertainment, noise, achievement, work, or positive experiences.
You will be able to allow anger, sadness, pain, and fear to flow in without losing your balance.
You will be able to stop running and to stop grasping, knowing all things pass, and this, whatever it is, will move too.
Step 1: Write your daily, monthly, and year JOY-LISTS.
Step 2: Schedule JOY into your daily life, as well as mini-month joy-cations.
Step 3: Relate to people in a new way by asking and sharing sources of joy.
Step 4: Turn the conversation to sources of happiness instead of negativity, gossiping, or complaining.
Step 5: Yoga Time: Find a YouTube video or head to your local yoga studio.
Step 6: Meditate. You can start with just five minutes a day to make a difference.
Be yourself. Start opening up and unleash your joy. Opening up is a way to free yourself from, stereotypes. Opening up makes you love yourself more. Opening up makes you become a better person. When you are ready to change, opening up is the best way to start with. Make your life worth it by opening up to the world. Opening up your feelings and being your true self is something you can carry along until you’re older.
Original article by Heather Lenz. heather is a writer, yoga instructor, wellness coach, and CEO of the wellness company Delicious Glow. She wishes you to feel empowered to live your definition of a healthy, happy, and more purpose-filled life.
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Surround Yourself With Positive People At All Times
Here’s a powerful message to share this week: Surround Yourself with Positive People. A couple of weeks ago I discussed that “the world is an abundant place,” and since last week’s post, we have been practicing our statements of “I Am.”
So, next I’d like to share this powerful message: Surround yourself with positive people. While this sounds like something we should naturally be doing, there are often people in our lives who distract us from focusing positively. What can we do to change that?
First, ask yourself a couple questions: Do you focus your life in a positive, loving manner to attract people who have your best interests at heart? And do you say no to the people in your life who are negative, destructive, and focused only on their own agendas? Ah . . . the second question is the key!
What It Means To Be Surrounded By Positive People
Too often, there are well-meaning people in our lives (family members, friends, or even significant others) who love to complain about things, focus negatively, or only contact us when they have a specific agenda to fill. These are the people to whom we need to say a resounding “No!”
I realize that it can be complicated to say no to a family member who loves to go on and on about all the bad things in his or her life. And then there’s the coworker who just loves to focus negatively, expecting the worst from everyone.
The best tool I can offer you here is two-fold: Try to turn the conversation around by speaking about the positive aspects of the situation or ask them to change the subject if you’ve already covered it thoroughly. Repeating the same negative words over and over again will not change anything!
I have many close friends who I’ve known for years, but I am always forming new friendships, too. A couple of years ago, I met a new friend, and at first, we really seemed to connect. We spent many evenings talking about our lives—new jobs, boyfriends, and all the changes that were naturally occurring.
I was in an “unwinding” period; I needed some time to vent, as I let go of some old relationships and prepared myself for the new things entering my life. After a time, I began to notice that our conversations always seemed to be negatively focused. We never finished our complaints to move on to the good things that were happening. She complained about everything—and I just naturally listened as good friends do.
Focus On The Positive Side of Things
After a while, I realized that I was becoming drained and that I needed to focus more positively. I tried to change the topics to a more positive focus, but it didn’t seem to work. Eventually, I gently reminded myself, “Surround yourself with positive people.”
I wasn’t able to change my friend’s behavior, so I started to distance myself from her, choosing instead to spend time with uplifting, fun, and supportive friends. I made a good choice, because as much as I love to help someone, I also realized that, in this particular relationship, I was not being of help to myself. This was an old habit I definitely intended to break.
If you realize that your friend, family member, or coworker is an “energy drain,” and you can’t positively redirect your encounters, then spending the least amount of time with that person will ultimately benefit you. If that person notices that you are spending less time with them, perhaps that will initiate a shift so that they can try to make some positive changes in their outlook.
Today, I choose to say “Yes!” to the wonderful people, places, and events in my life that are positive and lift me up! I know there will be well-meaning people who focus negatively, but I will do my best to shift their outlook to a more positive one, if possible. I will carefully choose with whom I spend the most time, and these will be the people who inspire me and shine their light in a loving manner.
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10 Tips How a Spiritual Seeker Handles Social Media
Social media and other online platforms are a ubiquitous part of modern life, and the connectivity they provide has done a great deal of good in the world. However, most of us can cite many examples where someone online has been rude or hostile to us, or where we’ve been made to feel bad by a stranger sat at their phone or keyboard many miles away.
Not to mention that irritated feeling you probably get when people on the internet are, y’know, wrong. And many of us probably feel that many of them are wrong much if not most of the time.
- Spiritual Seeker Communities and Social Media
- 1 – Not Everyone Will Agree with or Appreciate You – and that’s Fine
- 2 – You May Be Wrong
- 3 – Stop Trying to Persuade Strangers on the Internet
- 4 – Is it Necessary to Correct this ‘Wrong’ Person?
- 5 – Remember, It’s Only a Snapshot of a Moment in Time
- 6 – Use Social Media with Purpose
- 7 – Focus on the More Positive Aspects of Social Media
- 8 – Make Good Use of Social Media Filtering Tools
- 9 – Balance Your Online Life with Offline Life
- 10 – If it Gets Too Much, Delete
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Spiritual Seeker Communities and Social Media
It would be lovely if spiritual people and spiritual communities were somehow immune from the negativity that social media can spawn, but they most definitely are not. I’ve been around spiritual communities online since online was a thing, and in my experience, they are just as full of forcefully opinionated people, who are sometimes rude and hostile to one another, and who sometimes bully other people – often while proclaiming themselves to be ‘love and light’ or the sole holders/understanders of ‘truth’.
After all, spiritual people can hold the same wide spectrum of political, religious and personal views as any other cross-section of society.
Not surprisingly then, for the spiritual seeker there can be a desire to surround oneself only with said love and light – to stay completely away from anyone who spoils the party, social media wise. This, however, would be a mistake.
Negative emotions are just as important as positive ones, and the truly spiritual seek to integrate, work with and heal their own negativity as well as other people’s, rather than closing the doors on their fairy castle and not allowing anyone else in.
It’s also the case that existing in an echo chamber on social media does not help you to learn or grow as a person. Some openness to opposing views is a healthy and necessary thing. And it can be good to share your own understanding and what you have learned. Having said that, it’s also not very ‘spiritual’ to seek to aggressively perpetuate one’s own views, or to denigrate those who hold different views.
So, if it’s not ideal to create your own social media bubble, but nor is it ideal to seek to constantly correct those pesky people who are all wrong, then how can you best interact online as a spiritual being? If you want to maintain your own integrity as a spiritual seeker online (not to mention your own sanity), it can be helpful to adopt a middle way.
Make clear your own views and opinions and make yourself available to anyone who wants to explore those respectfully with you (within your own personal limits/boundaries, obviously). But do not waste your time engaging in pointless, heated debates where you can never win (and nor can your opponent).
Easier said than done? Of course. But it can be done. Everyone will find their own path, but here are 10 tips that have helped me to maintain my own sanity and, I hope, integrity, particularly in recent years:
1 – Not Everyone Will Agree with or Appreciate You – and that’s Fine
Make peace with the fact that not everyone will love your posts or agree with your views. And some of them will make that very, very clear. Most of them, hopefully, will be polite but firm in voicing their disagreement; some will be very rude about it. Most of these latter people would never be so rude or critical to your face, so just accept their desire to be mean from a distance and let it wash over you.
It’s not your problem. For those who politely disagree with you, you may feel frustrated that they don’t get your point, or indignant because you’re right and they’re wrong. Maybe. If they are wrong, perhaps it’s not their time or their path to understand your point right now.
2 – You May Be Wrong
Alternatively, be open to the fact that it could be you who is wrong. If you genuinely cannot countenance such a thought, then you may have ego issues which are beyond the scope of this article – but hopefully you can at least entertain the idea. Think carefully about what has been said in opposition to you. Is there a kernel of truth in it? Check your own research. If you’re positive that you’re right, well OK then. See above point. If, however, there’s even the faintest chance that you could be wrong, learn from that.
Remember, your truth is not necessarily my truth which is not necessarily THE truth. Almost anything can be adopted to suit a given agenda, if you choose the rights stats, assign the right motives, dig back far enough or can formulate a persuasive argument. You may unconsciously be doing this, just as your opponents may be.
3 – Stop Trying to Persuade Strangers on the Internet
When was the last time you think you genuinely changed someone’s mind via an online “debate”? Probably never – you may have ‘won’ an argument if the other person just gave up and went away, but they won’t have accepted what you said, they’ve just found something better to do with their time. No matter how respectful, polite or right you were in what you posted, you’re almost never going to change someone’s actual mind.
While it’s true that collective online campaigns have sometimes achieved impressive things, on a personal level, your personal integrity and your persuasive power is much better used face to face with people you actually know. If you’re passionate about something, take it up locally.
Give talks, give workshops, talk to your neighbours, practice what you preach and be noticed doing it. In real life. Online, you’re probably not convincing anyone of anything much, and trying too hard to do so is not good for your own mental health.
4 – Is it Necessary to Correct this ‘Wrong’ Person?
If someone is being wrong online, is that really your problem? They’re not persuading anyone either, and they’re not going to listen to you correcting them. Freedom of speech and freedom of expression means we all have the right to be infuriatingly wrong in these kinds of online environments, provided we remain within legal boundaries.
It is really a good use of your time and integrity to add fuel to the fire? Their story. Their lessons. Scroll on by.
5 – Remember, It’s Only a Snapshot of a Moment in Time
When someone replies to you or comments on your social media, their words are a snapshot of what they thought or felt in that second. Even if it’s a friend or someone you know in real life, you may not know what else was going on at the time which caused them to post something critical or seemingly harsh.
If it’s a stranger, you will have no idea at all – but something has prompted it. Maybe they’re ill, maybe they’ve had a really tough day, maybe your post has triggered some hot buttons for them, for reasons you’ll never know and don’t need to know. The point is, it’s not personal. It’s a passing moment. Don’t take it too seriously.
6 – Use Social Media with Purpose
Take a mindful approach to social media, and always have a purpose when you log onto any of your accounts. It doesn’t have to a be particularly lofty purpose – logging on to just chill for ten minutes or to play a game or have a chat; these are all perfectly good purposes to have. But stick to your purpose.
Don’t log on for a five minutes scroll and find yourself still there three hours later with steam coming from your ears as you correct yet another wrong person.
7 – Focus on the More Positive Aspects of Social Media
The many good things about social media – the chance to make genuine new friends, to learn new information and points of view, to find inspiration or to relax – are easily obscured by hostility and negativity.
By choosing to focus on the more positive activities, you can redress the balance in how you feel about your social media tools.
8 – Make Good Use of Social Media Filtering Tools
If there’s a page, group or individual which persistently enrages or exasperates you, unfollow them. Nobody is forcing you to read what is said. Let groups of wrong people be wrong without your attention or input.
Meanwhile individuals who appear to be deliberately goading you or who are aggressive, abusive or threatening should get the chop. This is what the block tool is for. I’m not talking about people who just happen to respectfully disagree with you, but if you have an instinct to block someone, block them. Life is too short to waste time thinking about this.
9 – Balance Your Online Life with Offline Life
Easy one this. Put away the devices, often. Go outside, get active, chill with your family, enjoy a favourite movie or meal, pet your pets. Real life exists out here, not in your device.
10 – If it Gets Too Much, Delete
If you find yourself feeling truly troubled by social media, de-activate your accounts or delete the apps. Don’t hesitate. You can always go back later if you wish, but you should take immediate action to protect your mental health if you sense that it is a real problem for you – and seek advice from one of the many mental health helplines available.
As a spiritual seeker, whatever you’re ultimately seeking isn’t going to be found on a screen, even though you may find community there, or helpful information at times. In your heart, you know it’s not the full answer. Remove yourself from social media for a while if it becomes toxic, and continue your seeking elsewhere.
Above all, remember that social media and online communities are just convenient tools for spiritual seekers. They are not the world. The world is out there, away from your device, away from your screen. Engage with the online world with integrity but take care that in doing so you are not detracting from your time spent in the real world – and your ability to influence that real world for the better.
Make sure to handle social media like a spiritual seeker. always be mindful at what you post in there. A spiritual seeker is careful what to say in social media. A spiritual seeker knows the boundaries there is when you work on the internet. It is good to note these tips here. it is good to think that when it comes to social media you must be a spiritual seeker too.
Everytime you open your social media accounts, always remember these tips of a spiritual seeker. Make sure to value your words there like a spiritual seeker. Find the courage to be a spiritual seeker when it comes to social media.
Original article by Nikki Harper. She is a spiritualist writer, astrologer, and Wake Up World’s editor.
5 Powerful Steps to Self-Respect You Need Right Now
Your self-esteem is a reflection of your perceived value. If you do not have a positive self-image, your motivation to achieve great things diminishes. It is how you value self-respect that matters.
When analyzing the driving factor behind your decisions, there is one common denominator that many people overlook: your self-esteem. Your self-esteem is a reflection of your perceived value. If you do not have a positive self-image, your motivation to achieve great things diminishes. Because of this, it is important to work on empowering yourself to better action your goals.
People suffering from low self-esteem are probably wondering ‘where do I start?’ The key to improving your self-esteem is to gradually take steps towards repairing a negative self-image. Over time, these seemingly small steps will become a habit and create greater self-worth.
5 Powerful Steps to Improve Self-Respect
1. Understand Where You Are.
The first step to improving your self-esteem is to understand your current mentality. It takes courage to realize your negative thought patterns and honestly evaluate how you truly feel about yourself. Figure out what triggers your negative self-image so you can begin to change the narrative.
You can write down your innermost thoughts and your entries will eventually reveal your current thought patterns. Journaling also helps you see the transition from your old mindset to a more positive outlook over time.
2. Change the Narrative.
You are either the captain or the captive of your thoughts.~ Denis Waitley, The Psychology of Winning
After you’ve determined what causes your negative thought patterns, the next step is changing the narrative. Because your perception determines your actions, the story you’ve been telling yourself has to change to encourage a more positive thought process.
A great way to reprogram your subconscious is through affirmations. Research indicates that repeatedly writing down positive personality traits even helps regulate depression.
If you suffer from lower self-respect, initially believing affirmations can be challenging. To see realistic changes, begin with affirmations like:
I am going to… and fill in the blank.
For instance, instead of saying I am a millionaire, saying: I am going to be successful in the near future better motivates you to follow through with a goal.
3. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others.
With millions of people regularly using social media, it can be easy to get caught up in comparison. Social comparison theory involves evaluating self-worth based on how one measures up to another.
While this can sometimes be seen as motivation to improve on minor insecurities, many cases have a negative impact. For instance, comparing yourself to a celebrity or someone with a large social media following can make you feel inferior and lead to self-destructive behaviors.
Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.~ Denis Waitley
If you decide to use social media, instead of watching other profiles to bring yourself down, use their positive characteristics as motivation to improve yourself.
4. Learn To Accept Compliments for Self-Respect
How receptive are you to positive feedback? Your ability to accept compliments has a direct correlation to your self esteem. At times, this can stem from how much reassurance you received as a child.
To overcome negative self-image, you must make a habit of accepting compliments from people, even if it initially makes you uncomfortable. Eventually, you will repel fewer compliments and create a cycle of positive thought patterns that inspire better decisions worthy of more compliments.
5. Develop Your Gifts.
One of the greatest ways to improve your self-respect is by working on your talents. Most children have special skills, whether it’s sports, art, singing, or dancing. By working towards achieving your goals, you can focus on your positive aspects and use small triumphs to motivate you to accomplish greater goals, which causes even higher self-esteem.
No matter where you are in life, it is important to embrace the positive characteristics you possess. Raising your self-image is a pivotal step in achieving your goals and dreams.
Once you begin building up your self-esteem, there will be nothing you cannot accomplish.
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When you want to develop self-love, you need to focus on yourself. here are mantras you can practice to improve self-love.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” Buddha.
Self-love. We all need more of it.
The teachings of yoga are big on self-love because of one spiritual truth: you cannot fully love others until you fully love yourself.
And why should we love ourselves? That’s what our ego so often asks. So much of the time we have very little self-compassion for our own vulnerabilities and fears.
But, these “negative” aspects of ourselves are merely part of being human. We come into this world as little innocents, afraid of nothing and curious about everything. It’s the experiences and traumas of life that create our fears and vulnerabilities.
We can use yoga and mantra meditation to see them for what they are, and cultivate self-love for ourselves so that we can live from our souls—our place of truth—free from fear and full of unconditional love.
Then we can help others do the same, by seeing them for who they are—spiritual beings in a physical body, riding the ups and downs of this roller coaster called life.
All that said, how do we cultivate more self-love?
One effective way is through the profound practice of mantra meditation. Mantras specifically designed to cultivate self-love are some of the most effective yogic tools for creating lasting grooves in our minds and hearts.
Grooves that tell us we’re beautiful, lovable, and enough—just as we are.
A little time spent each day practicing mantras to build your self-love will work wonders! Not only will you come to know that you’re innately lovable, you’ll also see the exact same love in everyone you meet.
Why Do Mantras Work?
Mantras are healing tools for the mind, and when you repeat a mantra, you shift your brain state and transform your state of awareness. When you still the mind during mantra meditation, you open up space for the mantra to plant its seeds within your consciousness.
The more you do it, the stronger those seeds grow. And eventually, your mind becomes a beautiful garden of loving thoughts. This is the power of mantras.
3 Mantras to Focus on Yourself & Build Your Self-love
No two people will ever live the same life story. This makes each and every one of us unique. You are a collection of unique talents, and no one on the entire planet is exactly like you. Only you have that special something to offer the world that no one else has.
When you truly understand this truth within your heart, then you can come to cherish the beauty in yourself (and others) in every moment.
We’re going to explore three mantras to embed this sense of knowing deep into our state of awareness.
1. Aieem namah– “My true nature is love and joy.”
This mantra opens your awareness to the true essence of who you are. You are the source of all strength, love, and joy. Let this mantra sink in, as you prepare yourself to sit in meditation.
As you sit, repeat the mantra over and over—out loud, or in your mind’s eye. You can repeat the mantra in Sanskrit, or in English—whichever resonates in the moment.
Every moment is different. Some days, you may prefer English, others Sanskrit. Listen to what you want, and let your soul be your guide.
2. Aham brahmasmi– “I am wholeness.”
You are whole—just as you are. Nothing needs to be added. Nothing needs to be taken away. Build your self-love by meditating with this mantra for a few minutes each day.
With time, you’ll come to rest in this state of inner knowing and self-love. As you repeat the aham brahmasmi mantra, allow each repetition to guide you into an expanded state of awareness. With time, you’ll understand just how whole and complete you truly are.
3. Aham prema– “I am love.”
We’re all on this planet to express every aspect of love that exists. All it takes is a tiny shift in the way we see ourselves in order to live from a state of pure love. And this is what happens when you repeat aham prema. You shift the way you see yourself on a profound level—from your state of deep awareness.
Unlock your kind, open, and generous heart with this mantra for self-love. The poet Tagore wrote that love is the only reality, and the only truth that lies at the very heart of creation. This mantra takes us to our true Self, our source, which is divine love.
To connect with love as the quality of your true spirit, repeat this mantra in Sanskrit or English for a few minutes each day.
Supercharge with a Mala
To supercharge these mantras, get yourself a beautiful set of mala beads and use them to practice your mantra 108 times whenever you sit. This is the holy number, the one that’s said to be sacred and auspicious. If your mind wanders, simply bring it back to the mantra, and to the beads.
This is your practice. Allow it to fill you with profound states of peace, compassion, and of course—self-love.
Love yourself. Focus on yourself. Build self-love by means of these mantras. It is not so hard to focus on yourself and love your being. It is you and you are special. AS you grow older and move along in life, it is important to focus on yourself more.
Original article by Aimee Hughes. She is an advanced yogi (21 years) and mindfulness enthusiast. She earned her B.A. in French from Tulane University and then Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) credentials from Clayton College.
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