Yet most of us also realize that there can often be a great divide
between the knowing and the doing.
So, what to do?
Like everyone, I've experienced a wide range
of ups and downs in my life, and I know this ebb and flow between ease and struggle will continue in
one form or another as I continue my journey.
What's fascinating is that through all of these experiences, I've
found a few things that continue to work for me. Have a look, try one or more out and let me know what works for you — I
would love to hear about your progress or if you would like support or if you
have any tips and ideas to add to this list!
1. Practice yoga.
No surprise here, but my daily practice of yoga is a grounding force in my
life that keeps me centred and calm in an otherwise often turbulent storm. Find a studio and give it a try — if you
don’t fall in love immediately, try a new teacher or class.
Find an intro course in whatever style or technique of meditation you choose, then practice every day. I wake up
early in order to give myself the
gift of a clearer mind. I'm then able
to begin each day with purpose, clarity and a level of calm that you won’t have
without this centering practice.
3. Eat well.
Eat local, organic, raw, whole foods as much as possible. Feed your body with the fuel it needs for
optimal health and development. Before you eat anything, ask yourself, "Is this something my body will use to build health or dis-ease? Am I craving this or do I truly feel hungry
and need nourishment? Will I feel better or worse after eating this?"
Set aside a bit of time each week to plan your meals, your physical activity and your self-care for the week ahead. Just as many of us create a strategic plan for our work
life, the same thing needs to be applied to our entire life.
Keep track of what triggers your ups and downs — keep a food journal and
include anything that comes up for you physically, emotionally and mentally
throughout the day. This will help you
to discover possible food sensitivities, emotional triggers to eating habits
and what foods help you feel truly energized.
6. Find your
passion and pursue it.
Explore and discover what makes you feel purposeful and alive, then find ways to do more of it! Even
if it’s just 10 minutes a day or an hour a week to begin with, if you find the
time for your passions, the universe will conspire to help you find more and more time.
7. Seek out
positive, like-minded people.
Like attracts like; if you're feeling
crappy and focusing on the crappiness, then crappiness is what you are going
to see and crappy is how you will continue to feel. I've been called a Pollyanna — and somehow
this is supposed to be a bad thing?!
Ask yourself where you'll be
in 75 years. Most likely dead, yes? Me too… so, between now and the
inevitable then, I would much rather spend my time thinking positively and
surrounding myself with positive thinkers than focusing on what seems to be
not working and holding onto crap from the past that no longer exists.
Enjoy the journey with a light, playful and non-judgmental
frame of mind… I look forward to seeing what else you have to add to this list!