The Gratitude List
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus
Many people focus on what they lack in life. This is a good way to feel bad! One of the quickest and easiest ways to lift your mood and feel good about your life is to cultivate a feeling of gratitude.
So what are you grateful about? You could start with fundamental things like having two arms and legs and then list all your friends and family, your possessions, your favourite birds and animals, music, food, literature etc.
Visualising Tranquil Scenes
Allow yourself 10 minutes to indulge in this exercise.
Sit comfortably and while closing your eyes relax even more now as you breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.
While breathing in and out, relaxing more and more, begin to notice the space between and behind your eyes.
Now picture your favourite tranquil scene: The beach and sunshine with a gentle surf, a forest, a mountain with blue skies…
Just allow yourself to notice what you can see, hear and feel now in that scene.
The Priority List
Everybody is busy these days. One of the things that causes stress and stifles efficiency is the feeling of overwhelm.
A quick, easy and very effective thing to do is to list all your tasks for the day on one sheet of paper. You then take a new piece of paper and list each task in rank order of importance.
Now start your day by completing the most important task at the top of the list.
Hands on Heart
“Energy flows where attention goes.”
When we’re feeling calm, balanced and centred the energy flows around the heart centre are harmonious.
You can stimulate that heart flow coherence by simply placing your hands on your heart and breathing there for a couple of minutes.
Why not give it a go now?
A Powerful Sense of Smell
As you know our sense of smell can provide us with a very powerful memory recall experience.
So what smells makes you feel good?
- What food?
- Which flowers?
- Which perfume?
What’s Your Favourite Colour?
You could call this Rapid Colour Therapy:
Pick your favourite colour.
Now spread that colour/feeling throughout your entire being; From the top of your head to the tips of your toes.
What would happen if you were to spread that colour out into the entire universe?
Energy Medicine Stress Reduction
The more stressed you are, the more blood leaves your brain and into the muscles: The flight / fight response.
Simple place one hand on the back of the head and the other hand onto the front of your head (your forehead.)
Hold the hands there for a few minutes and notice your sanity returning!
What’s one of your favourite uplifting songs?
Either play the music or recall it in your head.
Really notice it in detail and pay particular attention to the sense of rhythm.
What would happen if you were to project that rhythm forward into some upcoming event in your life?