Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Epiphanies on Life (I)

Sing the anthem of Life....Follow your bliss

Come what may...Never give up on your dreams! 

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Saturday, 8 February 2020

10 Powerful Affirmations to Begin the Day With

“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”- Claude M. Bristol

Our mental state depends on the things that we constantly tell ourselves. Negative self-talk can push us towards stress, anxiety, and depression. Positive self-talk can uplift us to a state of peace, love, harmony, and confidence. Affirmations are powerful and empowering words that we choose consciously to tell ourselves.

When we wake up in the morning, we must create positive and empowering thoughts that will keep us energetic throughout the day. If we start our day with thoughts like “I am late”, “I don’t know what will happen in today’s meeting”, “The traffic is so bad.”, “The weather is so bad”, etc, we will lower our vibrations instantly.

Instead of feeling recharged and energetic, we will feel anxious and stressed about the day ahead. Our negative thoughts occur mostly because we are not aware. Practicing affirmations is training our mind to start the day with positive, loving, and empowering thoughts.

My morning routine comprises saying my affirmations for the day ahead, a session of yoga and practicing a gratitude exercise .

10 positive affirmations to begin the day with

Affirmations have a lot of power. When we affirm something, it becomes our reality over time. You can practice the following affirmations within one hour of waking up in the morning. 

“I am healthy, happy, and complete.”

“I love and approve of myself exactly as I am.”

“I attract loving people in my world.”

“I am at peace with myself and everyone around me.”

“All my relationships are harmonious.”

“I add value to the world through my work.”

“I am a magnet for Divine prosperity.”

“I am worthy of the very best in life.”

“I trust the process of life to bring me my highest good.”

“Life loves me. All is well in my world. Today is going to be a great day.”

How to practice affirmations?

You can write down these 10 affirmations on a notebook or on your Smartphone. While having your morning tea or coffee, open the page where you have written them.

Begin with the first affirmation. Say the words slowly and feel them deeply in your heart. Continue the same way for the other nine affirmations. You will experience a happy and peaceful feeling while saying them. 

Repeat the 10 affirmations again, this time a little faster with a smile on your face. Feel the Universe blessing you as you say each affirmation. This simple exercise will take a maximum of 5 minutes, which we all can spare.

Wrapping it Up

Choosing healthy thoughts with awareness is the kindest thing that we can do for ourselves. Positive affirmations in the morning are a great tool to be in a state of awareness and boost our positivity.  If you start practicing affirmations daily, it will soon become a habit and then a lifestyle. 

We are the Creators of our own reality. We create our reality through our thoughts, feelings, words, and deeds. Therefore, it is extremely important to train the mind to begin the day with positive thoughts.

Start your mornings with these 10 powerful affirmations and you will notice a significant change in your mindset within 2 weeks. If you want to read a beautiful book on affirmations, you can check our Louise Hay’s “You can Heal your Life.”

This post is a part of Blogging with a Purpose series in association with Blogchatter. My theme for this year is Physical, Mental, and Emotional Wellness. 

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Kindness and Love - Two Magic Wands!

Kindness and Love are the two magic wands that we are bestowed with. Are we using them enough in our daily lives? 

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Physical, Mental, and Emotional Wellness : Blogging with a Purpose #CauseAChatter

‘There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.’ –Richard Branson

Clarity of purpose makes every day beautiful, authentic, and worth living. Once we realize our gifts and decide to share them with the world, life seems a joyride. All of us are in this world to make it more beautiful by shining our light and spreading love. 

What is Blogging with a Purpose?

My blog Love, Laugh and Reflect came into being in 2014. I have been mostly writing about lifestyle, poetry, and fiction on the blog. In 2020, I decided to write on self-improvement so that I can share all the habits and rituals that have improved my physical, mental, and emotional health in the last year.

Through the power of the law of attraction, I came across Blogchatter’s initiative ‘Blogging with a Purpose’ last week. This is exactly what I was planning to do at the beginning of the year but did not find enough motivation to do it with enthusiasm. When I registered for it, I felt great to have clarity of purpose in blogging.

The Cause I am supporting

Without a doubt, I knew that I want to write about Physical, Mental, and Emotional Wellness on my blog this year. I want to share all the rituals, habits, workouts, diets, anecdotes, books, apps that have helped me make a significant change in my life.

Before 2019, I used to take my health for granted. For me, exercise was limited to brisk walking and dancing. I was always down with cold and fever during seasonal change. I had to take vitamin supplements and visit the doctor’s clinic frequently. I had irregular sleep cycles and crazy mood swings. I used to feel overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. Life seemed like a struggle and the world seemed so unfair for all the setbacks I experienced.

I read a book by Louisa Hay, “You Can Heal your Life” which changed my perspective about the way I was living my life. I made a conscious choice to work on my health and wellness. I read a lot of books such as ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne, ‘The Power of our Subconscious Mind’ by Joseph Murphy, ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle, The Monk who sold his Ferrariby Robin Sharma, etc which empowered me to bring some changes in my life.

My goal became self-improvement in all the 4 areas: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual.

I started working on my Physical health because a healthy and fit body makes everything so better. I bought a yoga mat and Shilpa Shetty’s Yoga DVD. I was very stiff and weak when I started yoga. I never thought I can do backbends and side planks. But practicing yoga taught me immense patience- patience with my body, mind, and emotions. As I started getting better at yoga, I incorporated various forms of workouts to bring variety in my fitness routine. And my immunity improved so much that I don’t remember the last time I had to visit a doctor or take a painkiller. 

Mental wellness is about taking care of the mind - to be aware of what we are thinking and what we are saying to ourselves. For my mental health, I made a conscious choice to let only positive and inspiring content enter my mind. We often forget to take care of our mental diet. It is as important as the food we consume. I reduced watching news and reading articles that amplify negativity. I started using social media mindfully and began my mornings with positive affirmations. With time, my mind became more stable.

Emotional wellness is about taking care of the heart. Our heart is the place where we radiate love. If toxic emotions such as fear, hurt and envy accumulate there, we won’t be able to love others and ourselves. For my emotional health, I started practicing gratitude, acts of kindness, forgiveness, and spending quality time with my loved ones.

We are spiritual beings. We are Souls connected to the SuperSoul/Divine Energy/One Consciousness/God. Everything is temporary, including our human bodies. The only thing that is permanent is our Soul (as said by Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita). Spiritual Wellness is about being aware of this Truth and staying connected to the Divine Energy through meditation or prayer.

Life is Beautiful!

My life started transforming in all the aspects when I stopped taking my health and wellness for granted.  I am a work in progress. Yes, there are some days when I get a little disordered and the old patterns tempt to return. But I don’t entertain them for more than a few hours!

Life is beautiful. What we think and feel from within manifests on the outside. The better our health and mindset become, the better life becomes. I am so exhilarated to blog with a purpose this year- to write about physical, mental, and emotional wellness. I hope you will join me in this journey!

Let’s get physically, mentally and emotionally fit in 2020!

P.S. If you want to blog with a purpose this year, register with Blogchatter right away!

Saturday, 4 January 2020

5 Ways to use Gratitude in your daily life

"Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for." ~ Zig Ziglar
We often tend to think of what is lacking in our lives instead of feeling happy about all that we have in our lives. It is the way we have been conditioned to think, perhaps by society, family, teachers or friends. And because it is only a thinking pattern, we can change it any day, any moment to live more fulfilling lives. 

According to the Law of Attraction, we attract those things that we constantly think about. Thoughts become things. Therefore, if we think of all the things that we have and be in a state of happiness, we will receive more things to be happy about. On the other hand, if we sulk about all the things that are lacking in our lives, we will have more things to sulk about. 

In order to change our thinking pattern, we can practice conscious daily Gratitude. It will boost our happiness and make us feel positive. Happier thoughts lead to a happy and healthy body. 

I have been using conscious Gratitude daily for over a year and it has changed the way I perceive life. Gone are those compulsive stressful and worrisome thoughts that made my days filled with anxiety. Now, I can see blessings, beauty, and positivity everywhere I look. 

I am sharing 5 ways to use Gratitude in your daily life so that you can feel happy and blissful. 

1. Count 10 blessings after you wake up in the morning

The best way to start your day is by reminding yourself of all your blessings. You can download a Gratitude App on your smartphone or do this exercise in a journal. Feel thankful for your talents, intelligence, health, home, family, friends, relationships, work, money, good health, food, water and anything that comes to your mind. Feel thankful for the marvels of Nature, music, books, movies, etc. 

When I started this exercise on my Gratitude App, initially I used to struggle in finding 10 blessings every day. But now I can find abundance of blessings. And trust me, you will find that too. 

2. End the day by feeling grateful for the best thing that happened during the day

Before you go to sleep, rewind your day in your mind and notice the best thing that happened. Say thank you for the best thing that happened during the day. With a smile and a content heart, go to sleep. Even on our worst days, there will be a ray of hope, a moment of positivity hiding somewhere that you need to find. 

When you start and end your day with gratitude, you will change the programming of your mind. Like a honeybee, you will start looking for the nectar in everything. And you will find more things to be grateful for. 

3. Feel grateful for being You

Every day, when you look at the mirror, take a moment to feel grateful for being you. It is you who is doing all the wonderful things for yourself - taking care of your health, earning a living, nurturing relationships, showing kindness to the world and so on. 

Instead of self-criticism, start being grateful for all the wonderful things that you do and have the potential to do. Be your biggest cheerleader! 
We need to love and be comfortable with the person we are living 24 7 - 'ourselves'. 

4. Make your relationships magical

Think about the 3 closest people in your life. Now, write down 5 reasons why you are grateful for each of them. When you start doing this exercise, you will feel overwhelmed with love. You can send a card to them listing the reasons why you are grateful for having them in your life. 

Often, we take our family and friends for granted. Practicing gratitude will make our relationships more magical and harmonious. 

5. Say 'thank you' before each meal

Pause for 5 seconds and say 'thank you' to the Universe before having your meal. There is the effort of so many people behind the food we consume - farmers, vegetable sellers, the person who cooks, etc. Feeling grateful towards all those people will help us enjoy our meal even more. 

As kids, we were taught to say a little prayer before having our meals. The intention was to energize the food with vibrations of gratitude. When we start feeling grateful for every meal that we have, we will train our minds to always be aware of our blessings. 

All these 5 practices have been personally tried and tested before recommending. I can vouch for the amazing results they will bring if you incorporate them into your life. Let's make 2020 a year of happiness, health, and well-being. Let's change the lens through which we look at life. Let's wear the lens of gratitude that will generate positive feelings within us.

 I wish you all a very happy, blissful, and prosperous new year!

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every person has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all people have some." ~ Charles Dickens