This blog post is the second based on my insights from listening to the free Chopra Meditation Series (link), my personal work on RELEASE (my WOTY – previous blog link), and reading a book on Journaling the Chakras (link). It’s even more important at the moment to live these life elements as hubby and I have been in a shelter-in-place mode now for 10 days.
How am I creating a positive lifestyle?
- Live with Positivity – Beyond monitoring my self-talk towards thinking positively (see my last blog post), I also engage in activities I enjoy; spend time (even if it’s virtually!) with positive people; and keep a daily gratitude list, being grateful for who I am and what I have. My daily gratitude journaling is now into month three and I am really appreciating it in this unsettling time.
- Appreciate Nature with all the senses – hear, see, feel, smell taste… waves crashing at high tide, birds soaring through the air, taste of salt in the mist, warmth of sun on the skin. I’m taking time to watch a sunrise, gaze at the stars, take a beach walk, and wonder at the phases of the moon and the changing seasons.
- Create a Nurturing Environment – As we settle into our new space, I am working to create a home that brings comfort and joy and makes positive choices easy. I plan to light candles, buy fresh flowers, keep fruit on the counter, spend time on our comfortable outdoor furniture, and make sure I have easy access to use my bike & SUP. As we shelter-in-place in cold Ohio, I am appreciating wrapping up in a warm blanket, cooking comforting foods, and using on-line resources to continue my yoga practice.
- Nourish the Body – I still need to consciously think about drinking more water, eating more whole foods (veggies and fruit), and eating with awareness. Yoga provides me with both grounding and flow – it is movement and meditation, strength and flexibility. I am also working on body acceptance.
None of the ideas here are new, but the reminders I get in the readings and meditations I do are helpful. The reminders give me a combination of “gold star” achievement and “kick in the butt” reactivation!
Living in the Now has taken on a new meaning. As our life routines are in disarray, it’s helpful to think how to keep living a positive lifestyle in this crazy time.