Happy November! As Thanksgiving approaches I always like to focus on attitude and how I can shift my life to be more positive. Last year I wrote an article that challenged my readers to acknowledge their blessings and express gratitude each day: http://thrivenaturalfamilyliving.blogspot.com/2012/11/november-attitude-challenge.html. This year I am adding a few other attitude-boosting exercises. In addition to listing the good things that happen and the things for which you are thankful, I encourage you to do the following everyday.
1 – Walk barefoot outside on the grass or on the beach. This process has a grounding effect especially in the surf on the beach, but the grass is a close second. The earth is negatively charged so when you walk barefoot you absorb the negative electrons through the soles of your feet. This causes a magnetizing healing effect and “grounds” you with the Earth. After practicing this for several days in a row you may notice you feel more centered, grounded and healthier.
2 – Meditate. One of my favorites quotes is an old Zen saying: "You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you're too busy; then you should sit for an hour". Meditation is an amazing centering exercise with incredible benefits. It is proven to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, anger and more. It has truly changed my life. I recommend a guided meditation or mantra meditation, especially if you are a beginner or have a busy mind. It also helps to focus on your “third eye”, which is located slightly above and between the eyebrows. It is also beneficial to remember that it is not about stopping the noise from coming through your head. It is about not listening to the noise.
3 – Exercise. Get your heart pumping for at least 20 minutes a day. Get outside; go for a walk, a light job or swim some laps. Go to a yoga or Pilates class or do a video at home. Be creative and have fun! It helps to switch up your exercise so you do not get bored and so your body uses different muscles. Finds activities that you enjoy. My husband and I love to play tennis. When I have a moment alone I like to practice yoga. Involve the whole family in a game of touch football or chase. The possibilities are endless. It is amazing the difference you will feel emotionally and physically once you get more active. It helps center you, calm you and clear your mind. (Not to mention the health benefits).
I hope you enjoy making these positive changes in your life. I know I have!
© Courtney Hillis
THRIVE: Natural Family Living