Happiness is your birthright
After getting back from a great yoga course, I can feel happier and on top of the world. Anything is possible, yes, I’m one with the land! Then I hit rush hour train traffic, and someone tuts at me because the people in front of me are walking slow. Still, there is no room for anyone to pass.
When stuff like this has happened in the past, it’s been harder for me to feel happier and positive. However, things have started to change for me. Here’s how….
Stop carrying other people’s emotional baggage
So the person in front of me felt the need to vent by tutting at me for something that was out of my control. I could have taken this personally and felt bad because they also couldn’t get past. Instead, I decided to let it bounce over me. I, after all, was not responsible for the speed of those in front of me and there could be any kind of reason why they were going at their pace. Don’t get me wrong when others hurt us with reactive responses it can be hard, yet with a little bit of mindfulness, a bit of adaptability and an open heart, life can be great. We don’t have to react to others reactiveness; we can instead take a deep breath and learn to act with integrity instead of reacting with fear.
We may not have control of how other people act towards us but we do have control of how we respond.
So next time someone dumps their stuff on you, adopt duck feathers and let it be like water off your back. Quacking idea right?
Find at least three things to be grateful for each day and write about them
When things haven’t gone how I would like them to go, I have in the past struggled to feel grateful, that was until I learnt to do this…
I write in a note book daily three things that make me happier
It can be a rough day or even a great one, either way, neither matters, as what counts is me finding an access point from my day to connect with gratitude. Even if it is as simple as the touch of my pillow in my bed or the nice sandwich I ate at lunch. It is the little things in life I feel that make life magical and more we say thanks, the happier things can get!
Breathe Like A Yogi- Cultivate Calmness
Alternative nostril breathing for a happier life
Try this to change the state of the mind, release past shocks and karmas. Happiness is only a breath away.
Alternative nostril breathing is one of the best things you can do to soothe your mind as it brings a sense of calmness. It is so clever that it will also give you energy if you need it. The left nostril is calming and the right one is energising. Basically, we naturally breathe through one nostril then the other during the course of the day. Alternative nostril breathing pranayama allows us to balance both sides of the brain.
If you have time to do nothing at all then do five minutes of this for at least 40 days and see what an amazing effect it has. This really is one of the best things to help you sleep at night, but it is also great to help you wake up and prepare for the day.
- Sit up tall. On the left hand join your thumb and first finger together in chin mudra (or gyan mudra as it’s also known) and rest the back of the hand on the left knee. (This creates a pranic circuit and is also said to join your positive ego with wisdom.)
- On your right hand bend your first finger and index finger so that they touch the base of the thumb known as the pollicis brevis.
- Close the right nostril with your right thumb as you inhale through the left nostril. With the ring finger and little finger of the same hand close off the left nostril so that both nostrils are closed off.
- Pause, now exhale fully out of the right.
- Then inhale right, close, pause then exhale out of the left. Continue doing this for 5 to 20 minutes.
- Finish by placing both hands on the leg and inhaling through both nostrils. Enjoy that moment.
Let me know how you get on.
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