We live in a time where we are constantly on the go. Running from work to pick up the kids from school, figuring what to feed them for dinner while on the way to their soccer practise, stressing out how you’re going to meet your work deadline while trying to put your kids down for bed. It’s no wonder so many of us find it difficult to cultivate peace of mind – our brains are constantly on the go! Read on for some tools on how to live a happy life.
Practise Mindfulness & Gratitude
Practicing mindfulness is the act of being in the present moment – not in the past and not in the future but now. It is experiencing the mind and body as one, in this moment. It is only during this time that we can recognize the many conditions of happiness that are all around us.
“It’s not happy people who are thankful, but rather, thankful people who are happy.” – Unknown
Each morning, count your blessings and make a list of things you are grateful for. For example, The sun is shining, I have a roof over my head, and a family who loves me to pieces. Even on the worst and darkest of days, there are always things to be grateful for. When we shift our focus to things that make us happy, instead of things that are wrong in this world, we’re more likely to be happy. We choose where to focus our attention, and challenge each and every one of you to do the same this week. You will quickly realize that gratitude can be found in the most simplest of things – a satisfying meal, a smile from a stranger or a beautiful flower that you walk by on our way to work in the morning. What are you grateful for today?
Practise Yoga & Meditation
Practising yoga and meditation will help you cultivate this mindfulness mentioned above. Roll out your mat and leave whatever stressors this day, week and month have brought at the door. Focus on breath, movement and how you’re feeling in this present moment and you will surely leave the class feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Studies have shown that people who meditate and practise yoga on a regular basis show higher levels of happiness and lower levels of depression.
It is important to take this time for yourself each week. After all, you’re the sole creator of your own happiness. View a complete list of our yoga and meditation offerings here.