30 Day Challenge to Colour the World with Love
A good friend of mine wrote a very comprehensive summary in her blogyesterday of many of the current atrocities around the world. She eloquently outlined numerous instances of man’s inhumanity to man, women and children, which, when put together, was shocking to say the very least. I went to sleep last night feeling like a sitting duck, wondering what individuals, constantly bombarded with horrific news in the media, feeling understandably powerless, should do.
When I awoke this morning it occurred to me that although we can’t easily stop the hate based activities in their tracks, if every person we know was determined to live their lives with love in their hearts, making the most off each day that we are blessed with, we could collectively make a huge difference.
Instead of feeling overwhelmed by one bad news story after another we could feel immense love for ourselves, our partners, friends and significant others. Living in tune with our souls, and in love with the beauty of nature on our special planet. All it takes to get back in the driving seat is intention, a little time, a few tools and the determination to turn the world back into a more stable loving place to inhabit.
With that in mind here are 9 ways to Mindfully colour your world with a view to increasing the happiness quotient for yourself and other’s. Let’s commit to a 30 day challenge and see where it leads. At the very least it will take our attention off the news and make us feel more positive.
Don’t forget to start your day with your Gratitude List so that you concentrate on all the things faculties, people and possessions you are fortunate to have in your life. It’s easy to forget to be grateful for basic things like being able to walk, see beautiful sights and taste great food and most of us have actually got so much to be grateful for. Rather than looking at our cups as being half empty and concentrating on what we haven’t got we would be far better off considering all the wonderful things we have go to be grateful for It’s especially important to do this on days when things might not be going so well so that you concentrate on all the good things you have going on in your life and keep things in perspective.
2. Meditation, yoga and exercise
Make time for a session of meditation when you first wake up in the morning to get yourself into a positive frame of mind. Then do some stretching when you get up and follow this with some aerobic exercise to great music which will leave you feeling energised and unstoppable.
3. Good food and plenty of fluid
Have plenty of good food regularly throughout the day with servings of salad, fruit and vegetables as well as protein and carbohydrates. It’s easy to consume healthy fast food if you don’t have much time to cook, so there is no excuse to graze on junk food. (Refer to examples) Rather than having lots of tea and coffee it’s best to have plenty of healthy fluid including water, which can be warm with lemon or fresh mint, herb and fruit teas or simply watered down fruit juice (point to examples).
4. Think positive thoughts
Be careful what you wish for as there is plenty of evidence to show that we get what we expect to get. So if your thoughts are negative and you don’t expect to succeed, the chances are that you won’t. And conversely, if you think positive thoughts and believe you can live the life of your dreams you are much more likely to manifest positive results. Do some positive thinking for 10 minutes before you go to sleep at night and again as you wake up, spending the time imagining yourself looking good, feeling great, with only good and positive things happening in your life. After a while it becomes like watching a movie and you get to be the creative director.
5. Wish others well
Life often throws us hurdles to jump which can prove very challenging and it’s all too easy to get caught up with our own so that we don’t see how friends and family are coping with theirs. It’s important to spend time consciously wishing people well. Sending positive thoughts and even blessing them in our thoughts before we go to sleep at night or in spare moments during the day can sometimes have far reaching consequences. If you’ve been having difficulties with a relationship or have had negative feedback from someone at work or at home try sending them some blessings and you might be surprised by their shift in attitude.
6. Random acts of kindness
Many of us go are so preoccupied with our own world that we don’t take much notice of what’s going on around us and as a result end up ignoring the needs of others who are perhaps less fortunate. It doesn’t take much effort to give your seat up to someone needier on a bus or train, offer to carry a bag for someone with less energy, cook your partner their favourite meal or do something that you know will touch their heart. These random acts of kindness will be warmly received and well remembered. And the added bonus is that it’s even been confirmed by research that helping others releases endorphins in your body, which are the feel good hormones, meaning that you feel good too so that everyone benefits from your good dead.
7. Sing along to good music and Laugh out loud
Take every opportunity to sing along to your favourite music, particularly when you are exercising, driving or doing chores at home. Singings, humming in the bath or shower and even laughing out loud have also been shown to have many positive health benefits. They also help to release the hormones in our body that make us feel good. So if you wake up one morning not feeling in great spirits you can elevate your mood by doing some exercise to your favourite music and sing along as you do. Then make a point of finding some amusing things to laugh about with family or friends and you will find that your dark moods move off like rain clouds in the wind leaving you feeling happier and more relaxed.
8. Spend time appreciating nature
Don’t let the pressures of work over shadow life so that you don’t have time to appreciate nature and the beauty of your environment. When you have been concentrating on work or your attention has been taken up with solving some of the problems that life throws at us it’s important to make time to cast your eye at the horizon or take a walk and notice the beauty of nature. If it’s warm enough, take some time to exercise outdoors as research shows that it will change your mood and enhance your health positively. Even sharing the sight of a vivid rainbow or a beautiful sunset can enhance your mood and sense of wellbeing.
9. Rest well
To feel good and remain healthy it’s important to get plenty of good sleep. Most of us need at least 7 or 8 hours good sleep each night and it’s when we sleep that our cells regenerate and healing in our body takes place. To ensure a restful night keep your mobile phone out of your bedroom and make sure all the rechargeable appliances are switched off. Sleep in a darkened room that is well ventilated and make sure your bed and your pillows are comfortable. Apart from making us feel great, regular sexual activity uses up calories and keeps us energised and healthy. So make time for your partner at night and if you don’t have a partner at the moment, spend time socialising so that you fill the vacancy in your life.
Don’t forget to let me know about the difference the 30 day challenge makes to your world.