In the shower, every morning before I start my day, I always ask for the universe to bless me with more productive energy, because the universe knows better. For the longest time, I‘ve always believed that I was cursed with a sleeping disorder. I am literally those people, who jump out of bed, make their bed and before they leave the house, I look at my bed and say to it “I can’t wait to see you later” because if I’m being brutally honest with myself, that is my sacred haven. There is no better place in the world for me than my room, my bed. But this is not particularly something I am proud of. I wish I were more the type of person who hears their alarm go off once and springs out of bed. I wasn’t always like this though; I’d like to believe that my varsity time period had a lot to do with my changed body clock.
Back in my days, I use to be a part of the 5 am club. This is a concept by Robin Sharma who believes that the 5 am club is something practiced by some of the most successful CEOs in the world. The idea of waking up at 5 am means that you can do more with your day than others if you consider the fact that the average waking time for most people is at 7 am. You have a 2-hour head start, which means you can do more with your day. This was by far my most favorite routine as I found myself to be at my most productive during this time. It’s tricky now, I won’t lie, it being winter and all, but it is still a winning recipe. In those two hours, you can exercise, meditate/pray, journal, read, type up emails, work on a proposal and ideas you may have for yourself or your business. At times it may feel as if you are working with energy that you don’t even have to begin with, but the amount of energy you will have throughout the day is immeasurable.
This routine, including a supporting diet, is all one needs to be honest. The food that we eat contributes a significant amount to how hard we push during the day. Consume foods that flood your body with essential and good nutrition. You know during lunchtime, we tend to be unforgiving, especially if you work in the office and your colleagues just went to buy some food from the food truck station, and before you know it you’re also ordering your plate of a full meal with includes carbs, meat, salad, and excess oil. Not long after that meal you are stuffed. Being too full can hinder your ability to continue your day filled with energy. It’s imperative that we practice good diet habits and drink water regularly, and of course, get in those snoozes. Sleep is necessary; if you find that 7 hours of sleep may be too much, you can cut it down but nothing less than 5 hours. For as long your body rests, otherwise, it will eventually crash, and what is the purpose behind that?
Read more books that inspire your cause. There is honestly nothing as quite as motivating than reading books by authors whose journeys resonate with yours. It’s said that the top successful people in the world read an estimated 50 books a year, which is slightly over 1 book a week. You have to find the time to read. Nowadays there are audible books for those who aren’t big readers as yet, and for those who can’t find the time to sit down and read a book, it does, however, need your attention. But you must read, more than you are doing at the current moment.
Align your headspace. If there is clutter in mind you need to clear it pronto. You always need a clear head that steers away from the drama. Hence meditation is essential. A lot of people still do not understand the concept behind the meditation practice. But it’s basically about clearing your head from all of its distractions and finding a clear uninterrupted Zen that will allow you to connect better with God. Many people have reached unbelievable revelations about themselves, ideas, and answers through this process. There is no better way for you to get to know yourself. Just clear the clutter before each day then press the start button and you’re set. Lastly exercising, you need an exercising routine, one that works for you of course. These days I just find it impossible to be outside for too long, I just can’t seem to stomach the cold, so what I do is yoga, right in the middle of my sitting room. Whatever I do, I just make sure that I break a sweat at least 4 times a week. It motivates me, especially when I feel like I just cannot anymore. It reminds me of how much I can actually persist through, and it is pretty much the same with life.
The year 2020 is beginning to seem a whole lot like The Matrix Trilogy; only this is the first of the three movies. It’s basically like a year in which the human collective consciousness awakens and the vibration of the earth increases. The earth is surrounded by an electromagnetic field, which vibrates at a particular frequency, and for many years that frequency has remained constant, however, very low. With the increased vibration of the earth, it means that there will be and there are a lot of changes that are taking place. A lot of these changes will be witnessed by individuals as we are more prone to feel and sense these changes more than likely to see it, however, we if we really paid attention, and could see through our third eye we would notice all these seemingly minor, but are major changes that are taking over.
During this period, it is of utter importance that we try our utmost best to maintain the higher frequency that vibrates within us. For example, if you hear a ringing noise or sound in your ear, just pause for a moment and pay attention as to what is happening around you and within you, become conscious of that moment, as there are many entities and energy that is being channeled to your direction and need you to pay attention. One of the best-suggested ways to continue in this sphere of a higher vibration is to practice gratitude and higher vibrational activities. Staying within a higher frequency brings a potentiality of amazing and powerful possibilities your way. I don’t want to get into deep about the spiritual science behind this and the human race entering a 5th-dimensional course. The aim is to bring focus on how to maintain a higher vibration and frequency.
Gratitude. This is something that is natural to the nature of humans. We are almost always thankful for all the wonderful things that happen to us, and when in that space and energy we are likely to create and spread positive energy and light all over. For us to try to remain as positive as possible we must create and spread positive energy. Gratitude is exactly that type of energy. Most importantly, it is free to give. Creating an environment where one is constantly grateful for all the confusion that we are experiencing as humans can enhance your life experience and you can manifest more opportunities to be grateful for. The universe simply rewards those who show appreciation. So take a moment and be conscious of all that you can possibly be grateful for and give thanks to The Source, God, or the Universe for its blessing upon you and your life.
It is as simple as remembering that the universe is constantly on our side, and so are those entities and energies that guide our souls through life. If you ever wish to receive a certain blessing, be it love, more wealth, recognition, and career opportunities start by giving thanks for all the things that you currently have. And then, give thanks to the things you wish to have. The universe cannot separate from a person giving thanks for things that he/she has and a person giving thanks for what he/she does not have. The universe recognizes your gratitude for both and floods you with more things to be grateful for. That vibration that you create when giving thanks for things you have is the same vibration you create when giving thanks to things you want to have.
So give thanks for everything in your life, your health, your life, family, love, job, money, happiness, car, food, friends, etc. the list is endless. Let the world know that you appreciate it, let your family and friends know that you are grateful for their role and presence in your life. Be grateful for that job application that you just submitted, for that car you wish to drive one day, for the taxi driver who gets you to school or work then back home safely every day, for the grocery store, the car guard, EVERYTHING, just give thanks and watch God, The Source and universe shower you with more things to be grateful for a sign of thanks for spreading more love and positivity into the earthly realm.
You know the feeling of wanting to try something new but never had the time to do so? Or you did try something new, but you only did it for 1 or 2 days? You may have either gotten bored of doing it or you just lacked the discipline of continuing with it.
Well, as we are all currently under lockdown for the next 21 days to control the spread of Covid-19, we can learn a lot during this time. Try something new for 21 days and stick to it, even it is something big or small, it is completely up to you.
Here are some ideas:
- Doing yoga in your home
- Reading a couple of books
- Quitting smoking
- Home workouts
- Cooking different meals
- Trying a new diet
- Drinking more water
- Trying out a new skin care routine
- Not biting your nails
- Quitting alcohol
- Quitting cool drinks
- A short online course
Why specifically 21 days?
This is based on a long-time belief that it takes 21 days to fully form a new habit. According to research it apparently takes 21 days to form a new habit into your routine. Research states 21 days is the time required to for a new neuropathway to be fully formed in your brain.
Now the 21-day trial in some cases is claimed to be a myth, however 21 days is a comfortable time period to build and maintain a new a habit. You will either learn that is something you like doing or not.
Why try it for 21 days first?
Many people have low commit levels and therefore start procrastinating on developing new habits, new habits are meant to be good and bring you significant benefits into your lives. The idea of doing something may be overwhelming.
When you try something for 21 days, the task becomes much more manageable. If you think about it 21 days is just 3 weeks which is much shorter commit period than forever. Since you are trying something new you don’t need to commit beyond 21 days if it something you didn’t enjoy. Instead you can either go back to how you were doing things or try something new for another 21 days.
2.Great way to try new things
Let’s be honest trying something new really won’t hurt in anyway. 21 days is a great way to try something new, challenge yourself. Explore, see what you like and don’t like. Learn about yourself in the process as well. The whole point is to experience a new habit and to do things differently for 21 days and remember this is a trial so if you don’t like it do away with it and try something else.
3.Good way to build good habits
Remember you should be testing out a new habit that will be good for you. So as much as you are trying something new, it should be something that you will benefit from. This may be something which is good for your health, self-esteem, build up your confidence, reaching your goals etc.
How to succeed in these 21 days
- Research about your new task
- Spend some time mentally preparing yourself for your new task
- Track your progress during the 21 days
During these 21 days try something new and see how it works out for you. 21 days is a long time to do nothing. Make the most of it and remember trying something new doesn’t have to be a daunting task keep your tasks simple and achievable for you.
Let’s face it, the outbreak and prevalence of the coronavirus has brought upon significant changes in all of our lives. Change is not an easy thing to face and accept, especially when you’re not given a choice in the changing circumstances. Big, scary words are being thrown at us, a highly infectious and deadly global pandemic, national epidemic. So scary is this virus that we find ourselves in a national lock down! Apparently half the world is currently in one form of a lockdown, shutdown or slowdown!
This infectious disease has meant that we quarantine in our homes and maintain social distancing in order to protect ourselves and others from infection. As much as we have become accomstomed to our digital devices, we are actually being forced to spend much time alone, for 21 days! Yikes!
Life as we know it will probably change forever. People are nervous about work and business; it is impossible to clearly predict how things will change but we have to be ready for this change in some form or another.
We can express our worries and concerns forever and a day! I might have been headed to this frenzy myself, had I not been halted in my tracks by a post I saw on Instagram which read:
“We are in a forced slowdown. Take heed.
This is the time to focus, maintain, meditate,
rest and prepare.”
Here, during a global crisis, we can decide to be grateful to have time to take a break and reflect and get back on course. Because I know for sure, many of us were already on a habitual cycle, getting tired, and already off course when it comes to the meaningful goals we had set for ourselves. So this is how I am choosing to see this 21 Day Shutdown:
- I am presented with an opportunity to be still, to reflect and redirect my attentions and energies to the spaces often left neglected and unattended to in my life.
- I am being challenged to appreciate crisis moments for the opportunities that they present, to determine a level of calm in the unknown and changing times.
The 21 day lockdown we are now under confines us to our homes, placing us in isolation and forbidding unnecessary movement. Of course this is a new way of life for all of us, there’s an invisible enemy that we are encouraged to stand in solidarity against. It’s no doubt that it is a maddening reality but under the circumstances, we cannot lay blame to any one person or country but rather, we can all collectively do our best in working hand in hand with the government in helping to manage the COVID 19.
One word that particularly stood out for me when I read the Instagram post I mentioned; was ‘prepare’. No one knows what ‘new world’ the coronavirus is moulding and will leave for us to live in but in the spirit of not losing ourselves and staying connected, prepare for the next chapter of YOU.
I can share what this means for me and perhaps you can start reflecting on what ‘preparing’ looks like for you, realistically. Here we go:
- One of things that I started last year was a writing project that I intend to conclude this year. With life’s interjections, I haven’t put down much towards this project and in this time, I have committed to pick up where I left off and write more.
- Still in the vein of writing, I need to be writing more poetry and I anticipate an exciting visual project that I’m certain will flourish at the face of available fresh content from my side!
- I enrolled for a year-long spiritual course this year and due to life’s interjection too, I missed two classes which means I have some reading to catch up on and of course, I need to read ahead too!
- Also, I have this habit of reading multiple books simultaneously and often others are left unfinished so there’s that reading to do too. A friend lent me two books yesterday so quite honestly, I have my work cut out for me.
- Oh! And there’s a page in my diary of ‘2020 Commitments’ that I need to revisit and do right by.
That is what I have in terms of ensuring that I come out of this isolation with light and a good spirit. In between all of this, I also committed to exercise (I bought a skipping rope) and some good old meditation to still the heart, I started a 21-Day Meditation Journey today on Day 1 of the lockdown.
I hope that what I’ve shared helps you in guiding and determining what ‘preparing’ in your world entails. Please do share what you make of this season in our lives and how you are making the most of it.
In the meantime, keep safe!
It is quite a stressful climate in South Africa right now and the world because of the corona virus and the COVID-19 disease it causes. It is easy to feel as though our goals and plans for the year have been thrown out. When you allow yourself to feel stressed you go into survival mode. You can’t be your best when you are in survival mode. To thrive and achieve we need to be relaxed and positive about our future.
The estimate is that 80% of the population will get the virus that causes COVID-19 and the experience globally so far is that those with weakened immune systems will get COVID-19. COVID-19 has symptoms similar to the flu and attacks the respiratory system and could result in pneumonia.
It is proven scientifically that when we stress we weaken our immune system. Many of us are stressing and anxious about getting the virus and further stressed by the impact it could possibly have on the economy, will we still have jobs?
When we are in stress or in anxiety we activate our sympathetic nervous system. This is known as the ‘flight or fight’ system that is for survival against threats. Early humans needed this system to survive in the wild against the many predators. When we are in a constant or prolonged state of stress or anxiety we literally make ourselves sick. There is direct link between all kinds of diseases such as cancer and the amount of anxiety and stress we exert on ourselves.
Spiritual leaders and personal coaches all over the world are trying to help us not to stress so we strengthen our immune systems. Spiritual leaders and authors like Deepak Chopra and Marrianne Williamson are conducting daily meditation and conversation sessions to help us shift from survival mode to focusing on how we want to thrive in our lives.
Here are some of their recommendations on how to thrive in a stressful or negative climate:
- Start off the morning by meditating and then going for a walk or a run or any workout you choose. Meditation is important because you go into your core and access divine love, strength, courage and peace.
- Watch or check the news once or twice a day tops, do not keep checking the news and working yourself into an anxious frenzy.
- Yes, do educate yourself on the virus and take precautionary measure when you go into public spaces.
- Keep yourself busy either do work, studying, reading a book, watching a movie and doing things, even small things like update your CV.
- Study or practice something you have always wanted to learn. There many free online courses right now. When we study or learn something, we want to learn we feel powerful and in charge.
- Keep clear to your vision. Set daily goals of things you want to achieve that are productive that help you move your life forward. Focus on the things or life you want, not what could be going wrong right now.
- Spend meaningful time a day being mindful, we have less to rush to now. Maybe 10mins three times a day in silence contemplating and visualizing. Be mindful of your thoughts and make them focus on what you want, not what you are worried about. When we are mindful and visualizing what we want, we are actually creating what we want.
- Keep a gratitude journal and right 4 things you are grateful for at the end of each day. Stay in that feeling of gratitude until you fall asleep. This way you set up your body to go into a deep, restful sleep that helps your body recover and heal itself.
- Keep your nutrition up and eat less junk food. Eating junk food actually lowers your immune system. Take a multivitamin, a multimineral and no less than 1000mg of Vitamin C. Eat as many fruits and veggies, preferably raw, like in smoothies.
- Keep in contact with those you love. Avoid conversations that cause worry and anxiety and focus on the love. Feeling love increases our immunity.
We all are capable of living the amazing lives we dream of; it all begins within. If we cultivate good, positive thoughts and keep positive about achieving our vision, there is no situation or amount of challenges that can keep us from achieving. Challenges are part of the journey, there will always be challenges, we need to cultivate habits of the mind and body that keep us positive. We can still thrive in 2020!