These are some examples of daily habits and practices I would recommend to anyone…
… To help integrate their favourite activities as regularly as possible into their lives, as well as to keep their minds calm and free from invading, distracting thoughts. I say ‘daily’ as, for me, any day which consists of any and all of these is a good day! But instead of wanting to try and fit in every single one of these, every single day, however they benefit you, how about starting to make time for one per day, another one per week, another per month…? This way, you’ll give yourself the chance to see which daily habits and practices are particularly beneficial, and therefore which you should keep . Then aim to make the very best ones even more regular, and notice the difference in your frame of mind and your satisfaction at how your precious time is spent everyday!
Are any of these already a part of your daily rituals and habits? Do you see any which inspire you to take action? Which are your favourites?
Listening to inspiring audios
You can find any amount of inspiring material by searching in the right place! Listen when you’re able to concentrate only on what you hear, for example while meditating, cooking, running, walking, falling asleep… For audios on personal development, self improvement, spirituality, positive mentality, try: Tony Robbins, Beth Kempton or Law of Attraction Coaching.
Keeping a journal and/or a gratitude diary
Have the means to record any and all thoughts, ideas, impressions and reflections, at any time, and create the means to be able to come back and refer to them later. Don’t know why you would do that? You needn’t right now, however you’re giving yourself no way to come back to what you thought of, in order to decide what to do with it, unless you at least write it down straight away!
Perhaps the least strenuous, easiest, most relaxing form of exercise you could achieve! For those able, that is – there are people who would give anything to find walking as easy as we find it, which means it’s also up to us not to take it for granted, for their sake if for nothing else!
Fill a reusable (sports) bottle, and have it with you as you go about your daily habits and practices. Water, like air, is the key to life! Hydrate, refresh and cleanse yourself from the inside out. You are more likely to drink a higher volume of water by drinking from a bottle throughout the day, than if you keep going back for one glass at a time… Drink at least twice as much if a sporting activity is also a part of your day!
Need I say more?? Read the same or a different book every time, settle down with a whole selection to indulge in, read for leisure or for learning, fiction or non-fiction… Keep that notebook by you 😉 don’t forget to stop and daydream from time to time, and you STAY THERE until the time you allocate is all up!! The rest will have to wait…
No matter whether it’s learning a foreign language, or any other skill, by personal study or otherwise, or simply a fact/figure/statistic/quote or even a new word – create the habit of taking in new information as regularly as you can. It’s not a question of trying to retain EVERY SINGLE item you learn. However, you will develop a reflex for taking in new, useful, interesting knowledge – and the more you do that, the less space you leave to be potentially invaded by harmful, negative or false pieces of information, and the more sensitive you’ll also be in order to recognise them in the first place!
Indoors, outdoors, or both, if possible… You are here; be here. Take the time to explore what each of your senses is giving to you, right now; breathe deeply and fully, and just be… Be present, be conscious, be aware, and be grateful…
Looking out of the window
My last flat was less than 9m2, and looked out on to an internal courtyard and into other people’s flats (all of whose were definitely bigger than mine). I could still see the sky, thankfully, as I was on the 5th floor, and that was largely what constituted my ‘view’. So, I looked! I did go out, too, most days. Only looking indoors all day is like walking outside looking at the ground; there are surely plenty of nice things to look at there, but so many others if you lift your gaze and actually look around, too!
You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.Zen Proverb
I hope you decide to share your own daily habits and practices with us, below! I look forward to reading them, and certainly to being inspired by them, too!