Guest post by Erin Peluso
1. Be present
We hear this all the time but what does it truly feel like? I tell my yoga students at the start of each class to take some deep breaths and be present. The practice of real presence needs to be cultivated and eventually it will be automatic. Begin by taking a minute in the morning, a minute in the afternoon and a minute at night and become really aware of your surroundings, look around and see the beauty in everything, feel the emotions that arise, smell the aromas, hear the sounds. Everything. You’ll begin to smile, feel happy and in awe of the smallest of things. Increase the amount of time to practice this throughout your day moving from one minute to two then three, and you’ll begin to draw people to you because they’ll want what you have. That special something. That spark.
It’s an art. Why? Because it takes discipline. It isn’t always easy to feel grateful when things seem they aren’t going your way. Practice it just like you do anything else like yoga or kickboxing and you’ll get better at it. Begin keeping a gratitude journal. Keep a notebook and pen by your bed and every morning write 3 things you are grateful for and 3 people you are grateful for. Try and do that for 21 consecutive days therefore creating a habit. A good one at that!
3. Wear a Happy Face
Happiness is a choice. We can either choose to wake up on the wrong side of the bed and be miserable about our current situation such as getting ready for a job we don’t really like or having to drive across town to take the kids to school, or we can change our thoughts to be positive. Pratipaksha Bhavanam is spoken about in the Yoga Sutras. It involves taking a negative thought and turning it around to be positive. Trust me it works. Try it. Remember, smiling is contagious!
4. Live From the Heart
So many times people make decisions based on what others may think or what looks good on paper. These decisions lead to short term happiness because our hearts usually long for something more. Being still and meditating or practicing yoga are ways to learn to listen to your heart. You’ll cultivate your intuition and answers to your questions will flow freely to you. You just need to be open and start listening.
5. Be Bold, Take Action
I worked a corporate gig for years, bouncing from company to company trying to feel fulfilled. It wasn’t working. One of my yoga teachers said in class “if something keeps coming to mind, something keeps bothering you, whether you dislike your job or the relationship you’re in – if this thing keeps coming up, it’s just your soul giving you permission to make a change.” That stuck with me. Today I am teaching yoga, coaching, traveling and pretty content. I pushed through the fear to get to the other side and now I look back and wonder what the hell took me so long?
Erin is the creator of Live Royally Now, a 4 week program designed to help you build your dream life from the ground up and live by your own rules, so you can finally be happy and live passionately! She also teaches yoga, loves to travel and runs workshops and retreats worldwide.