I'm curious about what kinds of routines you all do, besides nutrition and exercise, for self love and personal growth.
I've been tweaking my routines for the last couple years trying to find the things that feel the best to me.
When I wake up in the morning I touch my lotus tattoo and say, "May I live like the lotus, at ease in muddy water"
Then I choose a chakra to open for the day and I use essential oils that correspond while doing 10ish minutes of yoga focusing on that chakra. After yoga, I set an intention for the day in my intention journal. Today my intention is to accept myself without judgment.
On my break at work, I take 3 deep breaths and I say this to myself, "I am a beloved of the universe. I am as beautiful as the sunrise and as ancient as the stars. I am a spark of divine love in human form. Through me, goodness and light flow into the world."
Then on lunch break I have a gratitude journal. I write one thing I'm grateful for and 5 reasons why.
Before bed, I read a chapter that speaks to me everyday for 30 days. Right now I'm reading the chapter "no coming, no going" from thich naht hanh's book "Fear" and then I write one sentence in my journal about something I learned from the day.
What kinds of things work for you?
Great topic Kris! :)
I practice Vipassana meditation, an hour morning and evening. (There is actually a center in Rockford, pretty close to Dekalb).
I visit my home on the web, 30BaD most days, several times a day- makes me feel like I live in a vegan world. :)
I read something related to health and something related to living a basic moral life most every day. I just read Thich Nhat Hanh's The Novice! Wow! I absolutely loved it!
I regularly watch documentaries about the environment and social justice. I run into many people that say "my shoulders cannot bear to know these kinds of things", or "that stuff freaks me out", but for me, I can sense there is something very wrong in so many areas, so when I find out the why, when and where details, it makes me feel so much better.
love your comment about 30bad, I feel the same way. It's a sanctuary!
The title of your post made me think that you should write an ebook on this topic!!!!
I am a busy busy mama and sometimes really need to focus on carving out time but I always find a few moments for gratitude, just thinking of 10 thinks to be thankful for, ususally I'll start and just keep going and going, there is so much.
I also do 10 moon poses each night before bed and try during the day to "breathe".
I like your idea for reading and writing something you learned. One of my favorite things I'm grateful for is know how to read.