These days not a week passes without more news of mindfulness entering the mainstream, is it possible it's here to stay? Wouldn't it be lovely...
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1. Stop trying to be perfect and be unique
If you are still functioning under the delusion that perfection exists, wake up!
It doesn’t! Being imperfect is a beautiful thing, it’s like the difference between an exquisitely
handcrafted piece of artwork and a mass produced item you might find at
Walmart. One is unique and intriguing, the other is boring.
2. Stop caring about what others think
When you boil it down, you are either living for yourself, or living for others, who,
incidentally, may not even be aware of you or your actions.
3. Do more of what you love
This one speaks for itself, it is so obvious, so life changing, and sadly, so overlooked.
4. Do less of what you dislike
The obvious and often overlooked counterpart to tip number 3.
5. Spend quality time with people you love
Relationships with people you love (who love you back) are foundational to emotional wellness.
Feed them and you will feel better!
6. Practice gratitude
Practicing gratitude lights us up on the inside, and literally lights up the self-healing energies in your
body. These same energy circuits connect us to true joy and a deep sense of well-being.
It’s no mystery why being grateful makes us happier and healthier!
7. Focus on effort over achievement
It’s too easy to overlook the amount of work we put into something and the growth we achieve from it when we don’t get the results we want. This is especially relevant in parenting. If we teach our children that the only value is in the outcomes they will often give up without even trying. But if we emphasize that we are proud of the effort they put forth regardless of the results, they will be encouraged to repeat the process the next time they face a challenge.
8. Take good care of yourself
You take good care of your kids, your pets, your plants, your yard – but are you taking the same good care of yourself? Do you see to it that you eat three nutritious meals every day, don’t watch too much tv, exercise and get fresh air on a regular basis, and get plenty of sleep every night? In short, are doing what
you should to be healthy, happy and thrive?
9. Keep your energy balanced
This is so easy, just practice Donna Eden’s 10 minute Daily Energy Routine. When your energy is balanced you just feel good!
Take advantage of any excuse to celebrate life – birthdays, anniversaries, good report cards, professional accomplishments, holidays, Fridays, a beautiful Sunday afternoon with nothing to do, etc. Celebrations don’t have to be loud and accompanied by balloons or alcoholic beverages, they can also be quiet and sweet, like walking hand in hand with your child down a quiet path in the woods, quietly celebrating being together.
Paige Continentino is a Transformational Life Coach and Energy Medicine Practitioner, who also teaches Meditation and Mindfulness.
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