Even before the Covid-19 challenge, magazine racks were dotted with magazine articles on “achieving happiness; finding happiness; getting happy,” etc. Is unhappiness an epidemic, as well? Let’s face it, ever since the 2016 presidential election, things have been unsettled nationally and that unsettling has trickled down to the state, local and even, neighborhood levels. No matter what side of the political arguments you find yourself on, there seems to be plenty of blame to go around that helps explain why we are feeling unhappy about what we see around us. But happiness is and always has been, an inside job–and that is you tending to your body, mind and spirit.
Now is a perfect time to check-in to see how you can be doing better, since you probably are stuck at home, like I am. Let’s talk about what other folks are doing:
Do you have goals for your body? If so, what would you like to continue doing or doing differently, now that you may have the time to plan it out? If you have baskets of magazines you haven’t gotten around to, now is the time to clip those exercise ideas and put together a exercise regiment that you can follow daily. Put together a schedule and post it to your refrigerator to remind you what you have set your mind to (just in case you get sidetracked). If you already have an exercise program, mix it up a bit so that you find new enthusiasm to do it.
And, speaking of mind. It’s time to do a little mind-clearing. What do you spend time thinking about? Are those things wanted or unwanted? If they are unwanted, write them down. In fact, write them down every time they pop up in your mind so that you can see what is dominating your thoughts. Chronic attention to unwanted things holds you in place and doesn’t let you go where you want to go. No need to chastise yourself about what you are thinking about or try to ignore it. Just notice it is there and let it go. You are an evolving being. You can be fully satisfied about where you are while understanding that you are eternally evolving. Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want. When those thoughts pop up, notice them, recognize what they are and then let them go. If you want to do a ceremony, at the end of the day, you can go outside and burn all the unwanted messages you’ve accumulated. You might even want to top it off with a little dance, chant or song…
Appreciate where you are, who you are and what is in your life each moment. There is a lot to be grateful for. Spend more time writing down what you are grateful for in your journal each day. Take time in the morning, evening or both, to quiet you mind by meditating. Find a quiet space in your home or find silence while walking outdoors. When you are still, visualize yourself having a grounding cord that goes from your body to the center of the Earth. Feel how secure that makes you feel. Only let the outside media and people into your secure space that empower and support you. as much as possible.