Sometimes we just need to take a minute, sit back and really see the wonder that is all around us. With our busy lives and countless distractions, it’s easy to forget to be grateful for all that we have. In today’s society, it is so easy to start believing we are never enough, we never have enough and we should always be seeking more. But what if we are enough?
What if the constant cravings for more is merely a lie, subtly imprinted into our minds from an early age? The biggest lie of our generation?
Every day we are exposed to images of beautiful people with bigger houses and nicer clothes constantly thrust in front of us through social media and television. We watch our neighbours, best friends and families and find ourselves in an endless battle of comparisons all the while relentlessly putting our-self down.
Persistently craving more and feeling of constant want is not only detrimental to our health but it actually brings the opposite into our lives. Whatever we focus our energy on we attract more of and when we are focusing on lacking in some area all we are doing is creating more and more situations of lacking and bringing them to us. We need to feel happy now, be happy now. Feel the gratitude radiating from us for the things we have in our lives. The love we have, the roof over our heads, the money in our banks. We all know that living in the western world puts us financially above 70% of the earth population. So why is it we are feeling so empty and what can we do to put it right?
1: Being alone with our thoughts. In today’s world, we have lost a lot of our connection to spirit, we are slowly losing the ability to think and listen to what we are saying on the inside. With the technological advances, there is always something to stimulate our minds. Something to distract us from what is really going on inside us. We need to make time to be alone with our own thoughts and to connect to the world around us.
So, how do we rectify this? Start by putting down the phone and going outside for a walk. Stretch your legs, feel your feet connecting with the Earth. Meditate or practice Yoga, whatever it is make sure you really take the time to listen to your inner self. Life is amazing, taking just half an hour a day to get to know you and start to understand your dreams and goals is imperative. It is this ability that lets our minds wonder and come up with an action plan to help sort through the mess in our heads. Having time to process thoughts leads to better sleep, stronger mental health and higher productivity.
2: Gratitude. We need to feel grateful for what we have. When we fuss and worry about all the things we don’t have, we bring about more thoughts and experiences of lack. So, stop focusing on what you are missing and start being grateful for all that you have, even when you feel you don’t have anything! When you start to look for the good, more and more things to be grateful for appear and you start to notice them. This practice of gratitude not only makes you feel better instantly but also brings an abundance of things to you to be grateful for. Gratitude is one of the most powerful practices in the world and can literally transform your life.
3: Visualise. This is the process of getting a clear picture in your mind of all things you want in your life. It is loads of fun and the perfect excuse for your imagination to run wild. Plan out your day ahead. Think about all the wonderful things that are going to happen. Visualise where you are going to be in the future, where you want to be in a year, in 5 years. When you do this, you are formulating a plan, setting goals and getting a clear picture of where you are heading. Don’t just let life happen to you, make sure you happen to life. The universe is working at all times to bring you what you want but if you haven’t formulated a plan you are not creating anything. Be clear with what you want and the universe will move mountains to bring it to you. “If you can see it in your mind you can hold it in your hand”.
4: Exercise. Take time to look after your body, exercise releases endorphins that are natural anti-depressants. Start adding an exercise regime into your daily ritual. Make sure once a day you do something to feel stronger and look better. When you exercise you can incorporate the first 3 steps above. Whilst you are running, walking or practising yoga start to make it a habit of feeling grateful and visualise at the same time. You only need to spend half an hour a day to start seeing huge results in your life.
Implementing these 4 steps into your day will can have a dramatic effect on your life. So, no matter how busy you get or how much you think you still have to do, always make time for yourself. Because when you look after yourself you automatically have more to give everything else around you.
It is so easy to get sucked into believing that we are not enough. That we need more to feel happy and fulfilled when in fact we have it all right at our fingertips. All we need to do is start by implementing these 4 simple tips and we will see a dramatic change in our wellbeing.
To feel fulfilled we need to stop searching for things on the outside and start looking inside ourselves. For we are all we truly need.