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5 Practices to Nourish the Soul

A major theme to nourishing your soul is practicing mindfulness; getting off autopilot and being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions in the present moment. It involves setting aside time to create new habits, whether they are in the morning or evening, is an act of discipline. Like a muscle, the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes.

1. Practicing the attitude of gratitude, daily

The act of expressing gratitude is acknowledging that there are good things in the world. Gratitude is not pretending that everything is perfect. There are so many things in each of our lives that bring us joy, happiness, and fulfillment. Taking time to reflect on those things allows us to appreciate the value of the things we love. Just because gratitude is good doesn't mean it is easy.

Some of the benefits of this simple act include:

  • Stronger immune system

  • More alert, alive, and awake

  • More joy and pleasure

  • More helpful, generous, and compassionate and forgiving

  • Feel less lonely and isolated.

  • Gratitude blocks toxic, negative emotions,

Here are a few tips to help you incorporate practicing gratitude daily and reaping the benefits it provides.

  1. Keep a gratitude journal, write down up to five things you are grateful for.

  2. Sit down daily and picture five to ten things you are grateful for.

  3. Every time you have a negative thought try to replace it with one thing you are grateful for.

  4. Set a reminder in your phone for a certain time every day and list 3 things you love.

  5. Post quotes and images that remind you to be grateful around your house, on your fridge or bathroom mirror for example.

2. Journaling

No, I'm not talking about a teenage girl writing in her diary about the boys in science class.

I'm talking about adult journaling and how it can be an effective way to make connections between thoughts you are having, feelings you are processing and goals you have. Journaling is a time to confront your thoughts, the good, the bad and the ugly. Writing forces, you out of your head, it allows you to reflect, to explore your curiosities and to face your feelings and fears head-on. Whether you are a seasoned writer or not here is a great resource to get started.

3. Eliminating negative self-talk

We all do it, we all have that small voice in the back of our head that just thinks mean, negative shit about ourselves. The problem is, if this voice goes unchecked, it can be more harmful than helpful. We talk to ourselves more than anyone else, the more you tell yourself you can't do something or you are bad at something the more you believe it. The best way to ward negative self-talk off is to become mindful of what you are thinking about and what you are telling yourself. Here are a few tips to help you recognize negative self-talk and stop it in its tracks.

notice the critic & tell it to back off!

physically clap your hands and think of one thing you love about yourself when you notice the negative thoughts rambling on.

take a break from social media, comparing ourselves to others increases self-criticism

take a deep breath and make a conscious choice to silence those thoughts

4. Deep breathing, yoga, and mediation

As we move through our daily routines our brain moves with it, bouncing from task to task, our minds get filled with to do list, chores, obligations, and duties. As we move through these thoughts we lose awareness and separate our minds from our bodies. When we purposely quite the mind and still the body we connect our minds to our bodies. We all possess a powerful tool, one that can help us cope with and combat stress. A tool at our disposal day or night, this tool is free of charge and occurs naturally without thought or effort; it's the power of breathing. Conscious breath is the foundation of every mindful practice, it allows us to become present in our bodies and mind, it brings us to a state of calmness, establishes new pathways in your brain and cultivates emotional and relational intelligence. Contrary to the way yoga is often practiced, photographed and shared in western society the purpose of yoga is not about poses or flexibility. Yoga is not about standing on your hands, building muscle or being flexible. The purpose of yoga is to cultivate understanding, build awareness and self-regulation.

5. Step into your power and manifest your dreams

You've probably heard of The Law of Attraction, a law that works undeniably, just as gravity does. This law governs the universe and states that you will attract into your life whatever you focus on. The Law of Attraction and Manifesting your desires usually go hand in hand. A huge misconception on how to apply the law is to only think positive thoughts. The truth is, our thoughts don’t determine anything about manifestation; our subconscious beliefs do. This is where the real work begins. You cannot trick your subconscious self into only thinking positive things, you must believe you are worthy of the things you desire to receive them. This is where I challenge you, step into your power, know what you are worth and get what you desire.

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