Over the past year or so, one of my main intentions has been to work on my habits, to introduce new ones, to evolve them over time and to get rid of the ones that don’t serve me any purpose.
Amongst many that literally changed me, this lock-down period allowed me to work on a few more that have been on my mind for a while or some that I didn’t think would be essential to me.
Here are some that I’ve been working on and constantly trying to improve them:
1. Daily Meditations
It allowed me to align my mind and my body, it made me more calmer, more peaceful, to let go of things, every time it’s a different experience.
2. Gadget-free Meals
To have meals without having the phone or laptop around you, without having to watch anything while eating. It first started with lunch and now dinner too, teaching me to be more mindful during meals.
Whether its the suryanamaskars or some other asanas, the lockdown taught me that you can do so much without even going out. The daily growing experience and the impact on the body is immense.
The breathing exercises helps me in releasing more energy in the body, influences the blood circulation, thereby increasing the alkalinity and reducing the acidity in the body, plus changing various physiological responses
Whether its the brooming and wiping, or the sanitisation of the items brought from outside, or the occasional cleaning of utensils and dusting, this time has made me more aware of cleanliness than ever.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin
To keep evolving,
to learn new things,
to expand your current knowledge base,
to develop in different unknown sectors,
Reading is the answer.
Books/ Case Studies/ Articles/ Blogs all come under reading, wherever you get to learn something valuable.
From all the advantages of reading, here are a few that I’ve noticed:
1. Increases concentration and productivity
2. Enhances creativity
3. Changes your perspective
4. Learning new things (that’s obvious though)
5. Developing your knowledge base
“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” – Muhammad Ali
What does that mean?
Well, for one, when you grow and when you keep bettering yourself, you also grow a new perspective to everything.
You start looking at things differently, you have a different viewpoint to everything than you did before.
However, it happens when you keep upgrading to a better version of yourself.
That also comes from a growth mindset.
You constantly want to level up, be a better person than before, do things better than before.
In due process, you are evolving and every day, every month and every year of your life is different than before.
If you don’t find that change, then most probably, you are standing in the same place you already were, in the same level of your life, and possibly, without any growth. That’s the fixed mentality, where you’re afraid to move on and want to be where you are forever.
Introducing change in your life first requires you to admit that you need that change. Acceptance is a must.
Then, to implement it as a part of your lifestyle, you cannot say, I’ve changed today. The right answer is The path towards change starts today, the process is long, but I’ll keep at it and make sure the outcome is different from what it currently is.
What needs to be changed?
That is up to you to decide. Ponder over your life, where are you lacking, what needs to be different, what is it that you are not able to get, focus on that.
All of us have our journeys, our goals, our path on which we are currently walking! There’s something on our minds that we want to achieve – either an accomplishment of a task or checking off a goal.
Although, when things don’t work out, we are disappointed, we are in deep thoughts of the reasons why it didn’t work out, we ponder over our decisions and if we could do it all over again!
However, what if life had other plans for us? What if that path wasn’t the right one for you? What if things not working out was a stroke of luck?
That is what Dalai Lama said, “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”
Of course, you can’t sit around and think of the ‘What Ifs’, but you can have a positive perspective over life that maybe things didn’t work out for the right reasons and maybe you need to walk another path to reach where you want to be.
To clarify, you might know your true calling but the path you thought was right may not have been the right one, which is why things didn’t work out the way you expected them to; and now it’s time to revisit that and think how you could do it differently!
The song, Wake Me Up, an Avicii classic is a beautiful rendition of a young, inexperienced soul wanting to live a happy life, wanting to just start, wanting to experience the journey, not caring about how the journey will end.
The young soul was living his dreams, not knowing he was lost, as told by the people around him, who persisted to take the safe path, to do safe things and not wander around.
People around him say that he is inexperienced, that there is a difference between life and dreams, that life will pass him by, filled with regrets of not settling down.
And the young, inexperienced soul wanting to live his dreams is fine by it, he is ready to take the chance, because in the end, he’s happy with the decisions he’s taking, and he wants to experience the life as is.