Here’s a fun fact: You can’t do anything wrong!
This isn’t just me being quintessentially stubborn (one of my best personality traits), it’s true. The most important lesson I continue to learn about my happiness practice is that it’s actually impossible to do it wrong. The best thing about falling off the health and wellness bandwagon isn’t learning how to get back on, but rather, appreciating why you fell. Letting your negative thoughts creep in from time-to-time, not meditating every single day, or not fulfilling a daily gratitude practice doesn’t make you a failure, it makes you human.
So, how do you pick yourself back up and do no wrong? The answer is seriously profound, like the first time you learned what existentialism was profound. Ready? The key is self-forgiveness. Forgiving yourself for your mishaps releases the judgment and anxiety you’re holding onto and opens you up to new opportunities and potential. Here’s a mantra I recite internally or aloud whenever I realize I’m being hard on myself for not doing happiness the ‘right way’:
“I forgive myself for getting off track with my health and wellness practice and trust that all of my life’s experiences are teaching me valuable lessons and guiding me towards greater happiness and meaning.”
Trust the process. The ebs and flows make you grow and glow brighter each time you make it back to your happy place.
Stubborn & Shining,
One of the most profound changes I made to my life was my 2014 resolution to start a daily meditation practice. Prior to this challenge I was meditating a couple times a week and had already found extreme calm and clarity from that practice. Since dedicating at least five minutes of every single day to meditation I have noticed a true shift in my perception of the world. Everything is just more peaceful and easier to take in. I don’t find myself resisting against life. I allow it to just flow and trust that I will always be able to figure out and make it through anything that comes my way.
I have a paralyzing fear of heights, and I love hiking. I climbed over 500 metres on a steep and loose rocked mountain two days ago and it was terrifying and exhilarating. I felt more alive on top of that summit overlooking the view of the valley I had just conquered than I have ever felt from doing something within my comfort zone.