It’s Day 5 of the Mindful 21 challenge and I’ve been so happy with the amazing people who have joined. Today’s theme: Be Light. This really resonates with me during this time, as I feel I’ve never been surrounded by so many people who lift me up, allow my light to shine. And it’s taken time and practice to know when I need to let go of that which weighs me down.
Today, think about that which lifts you, lightens your load and allows you to shine brightly. Could you shed some unwanted, unproductive baggage? Do you have things in your life that are cluttering your path to new?
This can be metaphoric clutter or actual clutter. Look around your home or office. Do you have space that is clear, clean, inviting? Do you have a place in your home you feel creative, energetic, alive? Could you lighten these spaces, removing unnecessary distractions or paper to make room for creation. I try to clean my desk, lighten it so to speak, once a week at least. If the space is cluttered, how can my mind focus on a single task!? I notice that when there are things scattered about, I feel scattered.
Go through your closets, cupboards, files and clean out what you do not need, have not worn or used in the past year. Donate it to Goodwill and allow light to enter your space.
Sit in a quiet space, that is clean and inviting, and think about how you can lighten your mental load. What are you holding onto that doesn’t serve you anymore? Negative thoughts, unnecessary anxiety, people who leave you feeling drained – these are things you can do without, so lighten your load.
“Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving the mind of a giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.” – Buddha
Day 4 of the Mindful 21 challenge and today’s theme invites you to give. Give yourself 5 minutes of peace, serenity, calm and to sit in meditation before your day. Give yourself the gift of reflection at the end of your day, allow your body, mind and spirit this time to renew itself.
While you have given yourself this time, think how you can give onto others. Often we think of giving as a monetary exchange. I’ll grab my checkbook, credit card or ATM card and give to your cause. This of course is a necessary and generous gift! To be able to donate to a worthy cause we believe in, to support a local charity or fundraiser, to fund a loved ones goals, well it truly is a beautiful thing.
What I’d like to get better about, to be more mindful of, is giving my time, my skills, my passion to a greater good. Time is one gift we can not put a price tag on and being able to give it to someone else may just mean the world to them.
Give the gift of time to someone you love, going for a walk with them or having a cup of tea. Give the gift of presence to your family and friends, put down your phone and play a game or read a story. Give the gift of humanity to strangers, open the door for someone or perhaps return a grocery cart for an elderly person in the parking lot (I recently did this and the thanks they showed blew me away).
Gifts come in many shapes and sizes, often not being a tangible thing at all. When we give to others, we are filling up our selves.
What will you give today?
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
Your thoughts are living things within you. They roll around in your brain, wash over your being and I believe they are catalysts for our actions. They become who you are.
When we focus our minds on positivity, we are drawing our own map that leads to a positive outcome. Our neurons are then prepped for positivity. Think about good and bad experiences you’ve had in your life. The bad ones tend to stand out. But, in training our brains to focus on the good, the positive, we’re getting them in shape for the positive long-run.
Begin your day, or perhaps end your day, focusing on the positive things that occurred, regardless of how small. The beautiful view you had driving into work. How there wasn’t a line in the grocery store. Your co-worker complimenting your campaign. Your ability to spend this time, even if it’s only 5 minutes, reflecting on the good in your life.
I truly believe we create our own reality and that starts with our thoughts. Waking up each morning, going to bed each night, with a blanket of positivity invites more of the same. Creating good thinking habits is just as important as keeping up with your physical habits. Our mental state plays an enormous role in our life, so making sure we’re working on keeping it positive should be a daily habit.
Find a place where you feel positive vibes, where you feel happy and light. Sit for 5 minutes and invite positivity into your day, your life.
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