I am in pursuit of happiness – lasting, sustainable, happiness, the kind you find in the moment.
The kind of happiness which is not dependent on external circumstance, that doesn’t require approval, love, or validation from another – only from yourself.
The kind of happiness that brings with it a sense of peace, as you fully immerse yourself in the moment. No thought of the past, or future, only an unyielding conscious awareness of the sight, sound, and taste of the moment.
Memento Vivere is my slogan, it means to enjoy the moment, to live it, embrace it.
Be mindful of everything, every day
Without these moments of mindfulness – a returning to the self, how can we ever truly know ourselves?
I’ve made a list of 22 ways (22 is the master builder, it represents the power to achieve anything) you can find peace in your day, every day, and start on your way to lasting, sustainable happiness.
- Journal. Every morning, before you start your day, get out your journal and make a list of at least three things you are grateful for, and why. Make a commitment to having a daily practice, and begin with this.
- Meditate – consistently. You can meditate without even realising you’re doing it, you don’t need to be a yogi – sit still, and breathe. Fact: regular meditation leads to neuroplasticity in the brain. Read more about the science of meditation, and its benefits, here.
- Set daily goals. Setting yourself a list of goals to achieve for the day (within reason), will not only make you more productive, it will enable you to make better use of your time. Better still, set yourself one priority for the day – anything else you accomplish will be a bonus.
- Try something new – every day.
- Make time for your community. Whether you have a list of friends as long as your arm, or a small group, make time for them – but not before you’ve made time for yourself. Being a good friend to others means you’re a good friend to yourself.
- Read more, read every day. Nothing gets me more in alignment with my self quicker, than Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Thoreau, or any other of the greatest philosophers and writers who have changed my life. Pick a book that reminds you of who you are and carry it with you everywhere. Mine is Seneca’s, Letters From A Stoic.
- Connect with Nature. Nature is your greatest friend, teacher, and source of inspiration – spend time with her.
- Be content to be alone. You know what they say, misery loves company. If you can’t go anywhere by yourself, aren’t comfortable eating alone in public – do it until you are.
- If you feel like distracting yourself from something, stop, and face it.
- You will never have enough, until you feel enough – work on that.
- Know when to be silly, and when to be serious. There is a time for everything – don’t take everything seriously, but be serious about what matters.
- Remain neutral on what is beyond your control. Accept what you cannot change, make peace with your past.
- What you have to say matters – don’t be afraid to speak your mind in any situation. People will respect your honesty, so respect yourself.
- Take care of your garden – inner and outer.
- Nourish your mind. What you consume, consumes you – feed your mind with positivity.
- Work with the Moon. Mama Moon has such great impact on us, emotionally, physically, and psychologically – most of us aren’t even aware! You can read my post on working with the New Moon (+ free printable worksheet), here.
- Memento Vivere.
- Embody your philosophy. Put your study into practice.
- Do the mundane in silence. Wash dishes, eat, use the bathroom, without distraction – do it mindfully.
- No phones before 8am, or after 8pm. I make it a habit to switch off from technology before bed, and not to use anything before 8am – those hours are sacred, anything else can wait.
- Say yes when you want to, and no when you don’t. Honour yourself and your commitments.
- And finally, Be content with little, and be grateful for what you have.
I hope this post leaves you feeling lighter, grounded, and ready to start tomorrow with this list in mind – or better still, start now.
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Until next time,
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