BY AMATEO RA OCTOBER 14, 2014
Author Brooke Alexandra: We all pray for simple ways to make our quality of life better, and in reality, it’s an inside job. We have to do the work ourselves and the more we incorporate healthy practices of the mind, body and spirit into our lives, the more simple, positive and flowing our lives become. Here are 5 Healthy Daily Routines to start working towards creating the life you truly desire.
1) Let Go!
Have you stopped to think about what kinds of things in life you are holding onto that are no longer necessary?
Sit quiet for a moment and ponder. We all have things in our lives that are simply no longer relevant to our current circumstances, our lives and where we want to go. These could be anything from relationships, jobs, negative thought patterns or outdated Belief Systems (or as I like to call them old BS).
They could be continuing to show up as bad habits, allowing ourselves to enter negative situations, fear of all kinds of things, judgements of self and others and for so many of us, it’s self-sabotage. These things can be like a broken record, playing over and over, getting us nowhere until we take notice and make a conscious decision to let it all go!
All of these things keep stuck energy and unnecessary weight, slowing us down and our rate of movement towards ascension. While there are valuable lessons in every corner of our lives, it’s time to learn them and move on. So, let them go if it’s not serving your highest potential, make space for new things to show up and watch the miracles manifest!
2) Get Present
How often are you actually present in the current moment? This is a big question. One we may have to remind ourselves to pay attention to day after day, week after week and month after month until we actually train ourselves to be present.
So many spiritual teachings tell us that the now is all we have, and this is true. You can’t be in yesterday and you can’t be in tomorrow, you can only be, right here and right now. This is the only place you can truly live your life. Yet we spend so much time in our heads, reliving the past and fantasizing about what the future may hold.
So, why not get present? Really, it’s the place to BE. To be yourself, to be out of worry, projection, longing and sorrow.
Here’s a few ways to start practicing presence
Start with the breath. Mindfully breathe, I mean really breathe. On average, we only use 15% of our lung capacity. Feel the the sensations in your body and clear you mind. Come into the present moment, become aware of our body. Where are you? What can you see, hear, taste, smell and touch. Take notice of your surroundings and continue to breathe, all the way down into your toes. This is the quickest and easiest way I know to get back to center and get present.
Meditate. Even if it’s only for a few minutes every day, it teaches the mind to settle down and take a back seat to the Spirit inside of you. Tap into your Spirit and make friends, it is your closest ally and you have it available at all times.
Listen, I mean really listen. Pay attention when you are engaging in conversation with others. So often we are thinking of what we are going to say next or some story we want to tell that relates to what they’re saying. Instead of focusing on what you want to share, stay present and available and watch people light up and share more. Be genuinely interested and ask questions. Take yourself out of the equation sometimes and just listen. This creates better relationships and a deeper understanding of the people you choose to spend your time with.
3) Focus on the Positive
Could you focus on only the positive in life for a full week? It seems nearly impossible, right? At some point, there would be some negative thought creep in about something. Well, we can train our minds to focus on the positive and start having weeks a lot closer to this ideal.
We spend so much of our brainpower focusing on what is wrong, could go wrong or what needs to be fixed that we give away our creative power. You are a powerful creator and what you think about, you bring about. So, focus that masterful energy on what you most desire in life and not what you don’t want and you’ll open more doors for yourself, bringing more magic, creativity and serendipity into your life.
Here are a few ways to tune your focus to the positive.
Give yourself credit for things you’ve done, how far you’ve come and what you’ve learned. Basically, talk yourself up, give yourself high fives and be your own cheerleader. Have an internal conversation with yourself about the things you have overcome and how you did such a good job at that thing you did, whatever it was. 😉
Do things that you’re good at and enjoy doing. Revel in your greatness. Many of us have been taught to be humble and while this can be a beautiful quality, it can cause us to feel shame about really allowing us to openly feel good about ourselves giving ourselves credit for being accomplished and useful.
Choose to see the positive attributes in the people you surround yourself with. When we focus on the positive, that is naturally what we are going to continue to create more of in our relationships.
4) Practice Extreme Self Love
Above all, be loving and caring towards yourself. Treat yourself the way you would your best friend or a special guest in your home.
Remember, you create your reality. Often times, we’re much harder on ourselves than we would ever be on anyone else. Practice extreme self love by thanking yourself for the little things you do to take care of yourself on the daily.
Stop and take a moment to give yourself some praise for doing the things you know are good for you. When you know you drank enough water for the day to detox and hydrate your body. When you choose fresh food over prepackaged or fast food, when you work that willpower muscle and get yourself off the couch to go for a walk or hit the gym.
Have you given up a bad habit or a toxic relationship. Thank yourself and tell yourself, “Great job Self! I love the way you take care of me!” When you flood yourself with feel good emotions, it slowly creates change in your brain chemistry which make it easier and easier until it’s a natural state of being.
Give yourself little thank yous and good jobs along the journey of life and you can create a sweet, loving relationship with yourself like you would have with a loved one.
5) Give Yourself Permission to Shine
Let that sparkle out! You and only you can bring that special magic you have inside of you out into the world. So give yourself permission to put it out there and shine!
We have been taught throughout our society to not shine too bright as not to make others uncomfortable. There are many things happening to change this old BS (belief system).
For instance, if you have ever watched any shows like American Idol, The Voice or So You Think You Can Dance, you will see people shining and shining brightly. There are hundreds of thousands if not millions of people watching, rooting for them and encouraging them. Many times we watch these individuals having to break through their past BS of not shining too bright. It can be a scary and sometimes painful transition for them, but once they really allow their uniqueness and greatness to flow, they transform, becoming more confident and they start excelling even more at their craft. This shows what this can do for a person. So, try it, shine bright, and encourage others to do so too! Be the best, most authentic, truest version of yourself and watch your confidence and self appreciation grow, naturally tuning you into greater self love and creating a better day to day reality.
You can become a positivity generator and make your day to day life a better place through where you place your focus. Become mindful, be conscious and turn your inner and outer world into a better place to Be. You got this! So much Love and Gratitude.
Author: BrookeAlexandra is a Lifestylist and Conscious Chef. Her mission is to help people to create sustainable Healthy Daily Routines to upgrade their lifestyle, health, prosperity and happiness. You can watch new videos every week on living a Purposeful Lifestyle & get saucy with her in the kitchen at BrookeAlexandra.TV.