This is a superpower we can all continue to cultivate, and it does take daily practice to get it hardwired in our hearts. It’s a great antidote to depression and negativity. Take just a minute while you are still lying in bed to put your hand on your heart and say three to five things you’re grateful for—maybe it’s a new friend, the food you have access to, or some aspect of your health. Be sure you take the time to feel the feelings of gratitude in your body.
This is not an everyday thing for me, I’ll do it when I’m feeling a cold coming on or anytime I’m feeling a bit stuffed up. Do some research on best practices before trying, most importantly is to use body temperature water with sea salt.
I’m addicted to this now. The idea is that lemon water (which is acidic) when drunk becomes alkaline in the body. Most of us are too acidic and can benefit from this practice. Sometimes I’ll put in a little cayenne for a pick me up. Clean water with lemon provides the body with hydration, anti-oxidants and electrolytes.
Even for a few minutes this is a game changer. Here’s a video I made of one of my favorite chi gong moves, super simple and energizing—and, no, slapping yourself in the face is not a move in this practice—it does wake you up though.
I try to start my day with a minimum of 15 minutes of yoga with a few minutes of alternate nostril breathing afterwards. Read up on alternate nostril breathing. It’s one of my favorite practices and really calms down the mind.
Even five minutes of sitting and inviting relaxation on the exhale can really set the tone for your day. So try on all of these or maybe just a few. No matter what you choose try to stick with that ritual for at least 30 days so you can give it a fair trial. Let me know how it goes!
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Apprentice Editor: Aaron Gillespie
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