”Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
– Lao Tzu
Every once in a while it’s good to take a seat in the passenger seat, and take time to reflect; catch up on your thoughts, behaviours, intentions and goals. Writing down clear intentions in the beginning of each month is a great way to tap into yourself, your wants and desires. After declaring your monthly intentions you’re ready to take inspired action. If you commit to your intentions by taking aligned action, you’ll likely end up where you want to go (or somewhere even better).
”Vivid as the ocean, infinite as the sky, colourful as the leaves go by. Take a glimpse at nature, a glimpse at the stars; remember, your true power is always found within, and beneath, your scars.”
(is also a form of action)
”Just let it naturally evolve”
Or like Buddha once said; ”Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.” Show gratitude for what you have, for where you are at the exact moment. It might not be your most desired state of being, however, refusing the present moment won’t make you feel any better. Accept where you are; the good and the bad. Know that everything will happen in its time. Have patience. Trust the process, and most importantly trust yourself.
You might be feeling stuck, or experiencing the same things happening over and over again. If you found yourself stuck in a rut try changing things up – learn a new subject, speak to strangers, try out a new hobby -do something unfamiliar, something that makes you feel all excited again. If you constantly follow the same routines and thought patterns you most likely will end up where you’ve always been. Challenge yourself, challenge your thoughts. Both meditation and yoga are great ways practising patience.
Never give up on yourself. By practising patience you drizzle yourself with compassion.
2. Be aware of your thoughts
”I am the master of this moment; what I seek I already am.”
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. These are powerful words. Only you have the power to change your thoughts. You can change them right now, right this very second. When you notice there’s a negative thought pattern floating around in your mind – simply become aware of its presence, thank it for showing up, and then choose to let it go.
Holding on to old grudges, pain and limiting beliefs will only make you suffer more. Sometimes holding on to old belief-systems might seem convenient and safe (how stupid that might sound). However, all things new and unknown might be scary at first; even adopting new thoughts, since they might feel so foreign and weird. Even here it’s important to practise patience. Don’t punish yourself for having negative thoughts – simply be aware of them, and make the decision to let them dissolve into thin air. Don’t let them take over -you posses the power to let them go.
3. An abundance mindset
”I say yes to abundance in all its forms.”
To choose an abundant mindset is to be aware that there are plenty of love, money, success and opportunities for all of us in this life. When your neighbour receives good news it doesn’t mean that there’s less for you. There’s enough for everyone to go by. With an ”everything is possible” attitude you’ll notice that small miracles can happen each and every day.
When you let abundance flow through you, you’ll notice how effortlessly it flows to you. The more you give, the more you receive – that’s how the law of attraction works. Show gratitude, kindness and compassion; and these things will begin to show up more and more in your daily life. Practise showing kindness to the people that are mean to you, or that treat you wrong – most likely they are the once that need it the most.
4. Let calm be your superpower
”Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.”
Choosing to stay calm in a situation that otherwise would have made you panicky and restless is a tremendous way to practise taking back your power.
Becoming anxious and nervous in a stressful situation has a lot to do with our biology; the body taps into the fight or flight mode, in other words the sympathetic nervous system is activated when we are faced with high-arousal situations. The fight or flight response allows the body access to energy reserves so it might fight off a threat or run away to safety (Psychology, Openstax University, s. 87-88).
It’s clear that such a response would be critical for our ancestors, who lived in a world full of real physical threats, however many of the stressful situations we face today are more psychological in nature. For example you might become stressful when you have to stand up and make a speech in front of your co-workers or before an important job interview. You’re in no real physical danger in these situations, however, you’ve evolved to respond to any perceived threat with the fight or flight response. If you’re constantly faced with psychological threats (persistent and repeated exposure to stressful situations) you’ll suffer negative health consequences, such as impaired function of the immune system. While the sympathetic nervous system is involved in preparing the body for stress-related activities, the parasympathetic nervous system is associated with returning the body back to its day-to-day operations (Psychology, Openstax University, s. 87-88).
Practising calmness is therefore easier said than done. However, with awareness you’ll become better at handling stressful situations – breath calmly, be present and stay focused. Don’t let your mind wander to places where the worst-case-scenario is put on repeat. Practising being mindful in the moment will have great advantages when you found yourself in a high-arousal situation.
5. Your health is your greatest wealth
”My body is there for me every day, keeping me alive and healthy. I show it my deepest appreciation.”
Your body is not immortal. It’s not a machine that will go on and on without being taken care of. Treat your body with respect – show it kindness and compassion. Fuel it with healthy energy; don’t deprive yourself of food, and don’t over-eat. Strive to find the perfect equilibrium for you and your body.
Remember your body needs movement; stretch your muscles, go for long walks in nature, break a sweat at the gym. Aim at 10,000 steps a day. Be grateful for your body, and all that it was born to do. If you’re lucky and have two legs – be grateful for being able to walk. If you’re lucky and have two arms – be grateful for being able to hold your child or pet, type on a computer, make art or carry the groceries from the food store. Be grateful for being alive.
With that being said – it’s not what you do; it’s how you feel. Focus on high vibe feelings such as positivity, love and gratitude. Have faith in yourself and the future. Amazing things will happen as soon as you allow them to happen – be prepared, be open to receiving the abundance that is already flowing within your reach.
Practise patience. Don’t force things to happen; life will unfold as it’s meant to unfold.