These past few months have brought a lot of challenges.
Through them, I’ve been inspired by the energy of my friends, students and fellow yogis who keep finding ways to move forward, act with compassion and share their light with the world. Believe me, friends, the world needs this light.
Everyone has their unique story, gift and energy but there are a few habits that people who shine seem to share. Let’s call them, five habits for a brighter world.
Act, don’t react
One thing I notice about positive people is they are active. They don’t wait around for the perfect moment or situation to arrive, they just do what they do. When things get rocky, they don’t get into a flap. Instead, they focus on what’s important and let the storm pass.
Make time for yourself
The kindest, most generous people I know are not martyrs. They don’t put other people’s agendas first and they don’t minimise their own needs. To the contrary, they take time to do yoga, laugh, go for lunch, read books, or whatever else feeds their spirit. Because they feel well and happy, they are able to transmit that energy to other people.
If you can’t see the bright side, see the funny side
People can be frustrating. Life can be ridiculous (or tragic). These are facts. The people who thrive anyway seem to be the ones who can find the humour (dark or not) in the vagaries of the day-to-day. That doesn’t mean you have to be happy about everything that happens, just that you can look at things from a different perspective.
Feed the good in you
People who have positive energy literally feed it with good things. Eating well is essential if you’re going to feel well, and you have to feel well before you can share that goodness with anyone else. This means making time to eat and enjoy food, it means creating healthy food rituals, it means celebrating and savouring the things that nourish you.
Try something new
The folks who have energy and enthusiasm tend to be the ones who are always exploring. They aren’t stuck in ruts. They enjoy learning new things, seeing new things, discussing new ideas. They challenge themselves to get out of their comfort zone and try something different. This willingness to change, to be a beginner, to experiment, makes them open-minded and flexible. It also creates the opportunity for new connections and experiences — which gives them a chance to spread their good vibes even further!
What are your top tips for fostering positive energy? Share in the comments!