Updated: Apr 30, 2019
Through my yoga practices, teachers and books that I have read, I have complied a list of my most cherished and helpful practices in the morning, evening, and things to keep in mind throughout the day.
This may seem like a lot of work and quite time consuming, so try one to start, or a few, (or all!) and see how they work for you! It may seem like a time commitment now, but it is an investment in your future.
I hope some of these may help you achieve joy in ordinary moments, help you realize your dreams, and lead a happier, more wholehearted life, like they have done for me.
Envision your goals - this I have found to be one of the most helpful practices in leading to a more optimistic view of life, and to achieving my dreams. Spend anywhere from 5 minutes to 5 hours sitting in pure silence and stillness, whether an office, bedroom, nature, or whatever works for you to envision you realizing your goals and dreams. Literally picture yourself as you want to be. Whether your dreams are living a happier life and laughing, or spending more time with your children, friends, family, professional achievement, personal growth, mentally picture yourself achieving and living these goals.
Gratitude - I practice gratitude by answering these 3 questions everyday: What are you grateful for today? What would make today great? What are 3 positive self-affirmations? These self-affirmations may end up being your daily mantra i.e. I am energized, I am inspired, I am worthy. A daily practice of gratitude can greatly increase our perspective on life and overall happiness.
Plan your day with the goal "what would you do if today was your last day". Who would you call? How would you treat people? What would you do? What sort of energy would you bring with you?
Daily mantra - manta, which literally translates to man "mind" tra "freeing", can be used in accordance with the daily self affirmations, and can and should be repeated as many times in a day as you can. My mantra generally changes daily. Whether it's aloud or in your head, repeat this mantra to yourself. Words have power, and the more we repeat them, the more we believe them.
Reflect on the day - both the positive and negative. what were the amazing things that happened today? What did would you have changed about today? Write down what you would have changed about today so you don't repeat it tomorrow and you learn. If the negatives of the day outweigh the positives, do not beat yourself up over things. Just change how you want to live tomorrow.
Repeat your daily mantra
Oppression thinking - I love this practice and it has helped me greatly when trying to get negative thoughts and emotions to leave my mind, such as"If I had done..", "I wish I's", "If only's". Whenever I have a negative thought or something that serves me no purpose such as dwelling on the past and things I cannot change, immediately replace those thoughts with positive ones. Soon you will be able to have control over these negative cognitions and prevent them from entering your mind.
Knowledge and learning - specifically, things that stimulate thought, progress, and only allow positivity into our minds. We have enough negativity in the world, be careful with what you are putting into your mind.
Do what is right
Go outside!! And yes, even if it's cold.
Be kind and gentle, do for others. At the end of the day, be able to answer the question, "what have I done for others". It could be something small such as letting someone in front of you in traffic, or something as big as volunteering.
Practice Willpower - when we practice willpower, whether it's getting up early so we have time to meditate before work or going to the gym, or staying away from food we know serves us no purpose, practicing and exercising willpower throughout the day helps us with a sense of confidence in ourselves, and increases the control we have over our minds. Do this daily and make it a habit, it won't be long before you start to experience a sense of accomplishment as a result.
Do things you fear