How often do you get up in the morning and feel great?
For most people, the answer is not very often if ever at all. The standard mode is getting out of bed because you have to and from there living the rest of the day with a low level feeling of unease.
Joy and generally feeling good doesn’t even enter the equation, we tend to just keep busy with all the endless things there are to do and then look forward to the weekends as a reprieve. It’s not much of a life!
So here are 5 top ways that you can begin to do, to feel good right now:
1. Accept that you are worthy – for one reason or another most people grow up with a sense of worthlessness. It usually stems from being made wrong as a child by your parents or guardians and is carried through into adulthood. It gets ingrained into the psyche and becomes an unconscious belief that is not questioned. So begin by noticing how you feel when you accept that you are worthy;
2. Understand that the you as a representative of the world, are abundant: when you look at nature, the birds, trees, grass, sun, air, you see that there is an abundance of stuff out there and it never stops. In fact it’s always growing and giving more; each single plant has a multitude of seeds and will produce many more plants as long as there’s fertile soil around.
So when you consider that humans are simply one living organism in the world in the same way that cats are a living organism, then doesn’t it make sense that the same principles that cover all of nature would cover us also? By understanding this, you accept that the nature within you is exactly the same nature as in everything and that is one of abundance!
3. Look to add value in everything you do – why is it important to add value in what you do? Because we feel good when we give. There are people out there that still look to always take, as they feel that they need that to enhance themselves in someway, however when you understand the above (that you are abundant), you can then start to give. Now I’m not saying that you have to give something physical, it’s about adding value and value is not something physical often.
It could be something as simple as smiling at someone as you’re walking or doing something that you wouldn’t normally do at home, like possibly making your bed before you leave for work in the morning. It could be anything, but you’ll know when you’ve done it because it has you feel good.
4. Allow life to be as it is, through “Acceptance” – you may find yourself in a situation that you’re not really pleased about, so what do you do? You can resist, complain and get stressed about it, which doesn’t actually change the situation, or you can accept it fully. Note that accepting things as they are isn’t about condoning, you can accept something without agreeing with it.
For example you see a lion kill a zebra, you may not like it, but it’s simply the way it is and you can’t change that. In most situations we have 4 choices, we can struggle and complain, we can remove ourselves, we take action to change it or we can accept it fully.
Acceptance means there’s no “inner” resistance to what shows up. For many people, as soon as an obstacle arises, they become resistant, and go into a negative state and try to fight the obstacle. All this does is creates stress and pain and you end up doing more damage to yourself in the long run.
5. Be grateful – gratitude puts you in touch with the abundance discussed above. Even when you think that you’re circumstances are really tough and you’ve got nothing to be grateful for, there is always something.
For example, if you’re reading this, it means you’re alive and have your senses; this is a miracle in itself. Also you’re sitting at a computer with an internet connection, someone created these amazing devices and we get to enjoy them. The list is truly endless, it’s just a matter of whether you’re willing to look and the thing is, you start to feel great when you begin to appreciate anything and everything.
So the next time you notice that you’re not feeling so good, think of just one of the above and practice it, you’ll be feeling great in no time and loving life.
Angelo Campione is a writer and publisher of Mindfulness related articles. He has real life experience in dealing with emotional pain and now walks the path that has him live a life of purpose and joy. Website www.studentisready.com