Let’s face it. It’s not easy and is not going to be. It’s not possible to stay happy all the time. It’s not possible to have faith in yourself every day. And, it’s not possible to always believe in your dreams. Reality kicks in, obstacles surface and life is not as hunky-dory as we would like it. Yet, we need to stay on top of our game, stay motivated and keep aiming higher. What’s life if we don’t have a goal after all?
There are many useful productivity hacks, great tools, and ways to make the most of your day. However, our ancient seers were wiser. They knew ways to address the problem inside out.
Here are a few ways for you to meditate and reflect on.
1: Remember yourself
Have confidence in your abilities and remind yourself of your abilities every day. Why? Because it is so easy to forget them when the going gets tough. Believe it or not, there is a larger plan for each one of us. Even if you choose to not believe in it, then believe in one thing: only the best will happen to you. There is a perfect time for everything. Forget the competition and the rush of what everyone else is going through. Believe in your originality, your dreams and yourself, and work towards realizing that dream. Remind yourself of your potential.
2: Increase your happiness and health
You are a constant factor in your life. Sounds a little strange, but it’s true. You are the main actor in your own story, and the actor cannot be weak or poor in health. Fortify yourself with as much energy and positivity you can muster.
3. Connect to motivation through meditation
Fire your passion with strength and faith. One of the easiest ways to do this is to meditate daily. It might sound simple or strange. However scientific studies have proved that meditation increases positive emotions, life satisfaction, boosts immune function and decreases pain. Meditation also helps you stay focused for longer time spans. You’re going to need all of this if you’re going to stay motivated and focused. And, you thought meditation and motivation are far removed? Think again.
4. Use these natural ways to detox
Remember to eat healthily, exercise, do some yoga and breathe out stress with pranayama. Yoga and its accompanying breathing practices are natural ways to detox yourself on a daily basis and look at things from a fresh perspective. You’re going to need these simple tricks if you want to stay motivated every day. .
5. Look long
Start seeing life from a larger perspective. Events will come and go, and so will success and failures. An unfavorable situation cannot last forever. The thing to remember is: never brood when things go wrong. Assess what can be done and quickly move to the solution. If necessary, give yourself a short timeline and treat yourself when you have moved to the solution. When one looks at life as a continuous flow, it’s easy to stay stable and still. And when things go wrong, this is one attribute you will definitely need.
6. Patience thy virtue
And then be patient. Even if a solution seems hard to find – wait, be patient and keep working. This sounds simple, but ask someone at the end of a tiring day in office. Will you see patience after battling an army of traffic cars? After repeated attempts at trying something new? Just be patient. The results, the peace, everything you want will come.
7. Go gentle
Being gentle is not a sudden switch that you can switch on or off. The only thing to do is to practice daily. Watch yourself in situations. Meditate and reflect on your actions and motivations: Why did you choose to do something unusual? Did you just react to something that you didn’t need to? Was there something you said which could’ve been avoided?
There’s no need to overanalyze yourself or be hard on yourself. However, just a quick look at your day with a calm mind and you will know. You will know when to stay on the middle path, in case you’ve swayed too much on one side.
8. Keep giving
This is a necessary tool for growth, as it will motivate you to go that extra mile for another, and will inspire others as well. This also nurtures the benevolent side of you and increase inclusiveness among people you associate with. It also keeps the student in you alive and kicking!
9. Be internally driven
Motivation is usually driven by external circumstances. It could diminish when those stimuli fade away. Inspiration is internally driven by the individual and is long-term. Be an inspired individual. Chances are your enthusiasm and energy will spread to everyone around.
Go ahead, be the most inspired person you know.
Inspired by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s wisdom talks
This article was first published on The Art of Living website