Your true path is one that has already been chosen for you—your job is to rediscover it by honing in on your intuition, your values and your passions in order to live a satisfactory life. This article will help you learn how to determine what your path is, and how to go about staying on it.
What Is Your Life’s Path?
- We aren’t just having a spiritual experience; “We are living in spiritual bodies having a sort of physical experience on Earth.”
- What’s your experience going to be? Will you stay true to yourself by honoring your feelings, passions and life work, expanding your spiritual consciousness, learning how to respect yourself and your body, enhancing your skills and contributing your unique talent to the world?
- Your life’s path is uniquely set for you and you alone.
- Your “path” is composed of people, circumstances and situations that no one can handle or choose but you. You can’t ever judge others for what they are doing, because their “path” is unique for them, just like yours is just for you.
How Do You Know You’re Being True to Yourself?
- Recognizing the right vs. wrong path you are on is done with practice. Practice asking yourself what feels right and what feels wrong. Does taking that job make you feel peaceful and confident, or ridden with worry?
- Meditate on a question you have about your relationship or career. Ask if you’re making the right decision, and ask for some direction. Breathe in and out, and sit still for 20–30 minutes in a place where you can listen to the rhythm of your body and mind without being interrupted.
- What do you truly want in life? Is it to own your own business, or to travel the world? Focus on the feelings that come along with certain professions or ways of life. What feelings do they evoke for you?
How to Detect and Respond to the “Nudge”
- When you experience a “nudge”—a feeling, curiosity or thought that keeps popping up for you—this may mean that you’ve veered slightly off your true life’s path, and that the Universe is pointing a direction for you to follow.
- Listen and respond to those nudges. Be on the lookout for things that don’t feel quite right, or patterns of repetition (certain places or things) that keep popping up. That’s a clue that you need to get back on track and devote attention to something specific that you have been ignoring!
Find Joy in Doing the Dishes (and Every Other Moment)
- Find your true happiness in life by engaging in the small details of your day—doing the dishes, sending emails, dusting, driving home …
- It’s all under your control—whether you stick to your true life’s path or not.
- Improve your thoughts by reading positive affirmations each morning, such as “I am on the right path, and take pleasure in every moment of it!”
When you focus, set your intentions and stay in a positive frame of mind, your path will be easy to follow. It will give you the money you want to make doing what you love, and a life of support and excitement along the way.
While you may not be able to forget the pain that someone or something has caused you, it is possible to forgive. Forgiveness is essential for your own growth and evolution as a person, and helpful to the person who has harmed you as well. Learn about what forgiveness really means, and how to get to the point of forgiveness so that you can bring more happiness into your life as a result.
What Is Forgiveness?
- The ability to fully accept someone’s wrongdoing; to let go of anger, resentment, and hate; to say goodbye to feelings of negativity and say hello to a lighter and happier way of being.
Set Your Intention for Anyone Who Has Harmed You
- Most people spend years holding onto past hurts and pains, and seeking out revenge against those who have hurt them, betrayed them or scorned them.
- Focus positively on your intention—putting aside the pain and anger, what, deep down, do you wish for them?
- It could be that you want them to learn from their own mistakes, or to find solace.
- Focus on a positive thought in the process of forgiveness—your intention for that person who hurt you—and you’ll speed up the forgiveness process as a result.
- Repeat this affirmation: “I accept what has been done. I release you from my life now.”
Be Grateful for What He/She Brought into Your Life
- Beneath the pain, there’s always a life lesson that plays out—look for what he/she taught you, and begin to focus on that lesson instead of the pain of the memory.
- After being sexually assaulted, the lesson could be to be more selective of whom you trust and whom you don’t, or to listen to your intuition more closely and act on it when something “just doesn’t feel right about someone.”
He/She Is Your Teacher
- Everyone and everything is a lesson, which means that the hardest lessons bring about the toughest teachers.
- Need to forgive a parent, sibling or ex-spouse? Focus on what they taught you. Did they teach you to be true to yourself (when you weren’t), or that you stopped believing in yourself or taking care of yourself when you were in a relationship with them?
- Everything is a lesson to be learned—when you know how to be better, you do better in life and come out stronger.
Practice the Light Switch of Resentment and Jealousy
- Visualizing a light switch is effective, and can be used any time to seek out forgiveness.
- When thoughts of anger pop in, close your eyes and imagine that light switch in the “off” position. Now imagine turning the light switch to “on,” and fix that negative thought to be something positive about the person, or what he/she contributed to your life in a good way.
- Open your eyes, and feel better about yourself and the choices you’ve made!
Forgiveness isn’t something that can happen overnight, but when you commit to having a positive attitude, saying prayers of gratitude and accepting what they’ve done (instead of running from the reality of it), you will reach a point of forgiveness. Use these suggestions to get you there as quickly as you are ready for it.
Waking up in a bad mood will pretty much guarantee that you will face challenges and obstacles from sunup to sundown. This article lays out ideas for vastly improving your mood, and just how to go about using them.
The Benefits of Going to Bed Happy, Not Mad
- Go to bed happy and appreciative for everything that happened in your day and you’ll feel relaxed and stress-free in the morning.
- It will improve your quality of sleep, increase your productivity for the next days’ worth of work, give you an increase in energy the next day, and even allow you to make healthier choices such as eating well (studies show that when you’re angry, depressed or stressed, you’ll be more likely to eat high-carb and high-sugar foods).
Why You Should Focus on a Consistent Nighttime Schedule
- Focus on a strict nighttime schedule so that you’ll always feel refreshed and rested each morning.
- Start going to bed an hour earlier than you’re used to, and wake up an hour earlier. If you normally go to bed at 10pm, go to bed at 9pm, etc.
- Give yourself quality time each night, as opposed to just “zoning out” while watching TV.
- Make your routine personalized, and do something that relaxes you so that you never go to bed angry. Focus on any activity that allows you to wind down and de-stress.
Nighttime Rituals for Improving Your Odds of Waking Up Happy
- Take a bubble bath, write in your journal, or play some meditation or classical music.
- Turn off the TV at least one hour before going to bed.
- If you love to cook, make sure that you stop eating at least two to three hours before going to bed (eating too late can cause insomnia).
- Take a hot shower, and visualize the clean, pure water that comes cascading down on your back and neck as replenishing you from your stress and anxiety. As you wash yourself clean, imagine the dirt coming off of your body as the stress, weight and worry of your day rinsing down the drain, and in the process, become replenished and invigorated.
- Read something positive right before going to bed (no more late-night TV).
- Put a few drops of your favorite relaxing scent on your pillow, such as eucalyptus, lemon or lavender.
- Get rid of any work papers that are in your bedroom. They don’t belong there! Keep anything work-related (that includes your cellphone that has work emails or reminder notes) in a designated office space in your home; if you don’t have one, keep them confined to your briefcase. Studies show that doing work in bed promotes more anxiety, and if you’re making a habit of reading or writing emails late at night, you’re never turning yourself “off” from the stress and giving yourself a chance to unwind and rest.
When you set your day up for success by having a positive attitude and giving yourself a strict nighttime routine to help you unwind and reflect, you’ll prevent yourself from waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Apply these tips in order to wake up joyful, grateful and happy every morning!