Welcome to Tuesday Tips, the weekly digest of life design tricks and techniques. All of my suggestions come down to practicing the same idea: don’t worry, be happy! As Alan Watts says, “Basically, there is simply nothing to worry about, because you yourself are the eternal energy of the universe.”
1. Make art just to make art.
What if you could make any art you wanted, but couldn’t share it online? Is it still worth making if you can’t get likes and favs on it? Try creating something for the pure pleasure of it. Imagine the act of you making art as a one person show with a one person audience–you.
2. Make your art better.
When I was a kid, I would frequently win the coloring contests at my local grocery store. My secret was simple: just use something a little more creative than crayons. Cotton balls for clouds and bunny tails always seemed to do the trick. When making your own art, ask yourself, “How could I win the coloring contest?” Inspiration will come.
3. Try this mantra: “I love myself, right now.”
I made a nice meditation about this one. If you can repeat it over and over eventually you’ll train your mind into manifesting circumstances in which you actually do love yourself right now. It’s really neat!
4. Remember your power. Every thought is a prayer!
If you haven’t checked out E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality yet, please do! It explains so many concepts of conscious creation with humor and ease. Here’s a little testament to the power of your mind: “The only reason Jesus could walk on water was because 100 percent of his thoughts (prayers) believed he could. He had overcome the world’s thought system that says Only an idiot would be stupid enough to step out of the boat. There was not one doubt–not a single thought (prayer) in his consciousness that didn’t fully believe it.”
5. Read David Cain’s blog, Raptitude.
I was going to pile a bunch more tips in this edition based on David’s articles, but you should really just go read them yourself. First: Why most problems never have to be solved. To summarize: write down each problem as it occurs to you on a post-it. Then go through your post-its at the end of the week and prove to yourself how many things do work themselves out. Then read The First World’s biggest addiction. David explains how every time we reach for coffee or alcohol or food or our phones, “we are training ourselves to be needy and dependent on circumstances.” Finally, check out 15 unexpected side-benefits to living in the present moment to convince your mind to try it out, right now.
6. Examine your anxiety.
I came across this tumblr post about the long term effects of anxiety: shortness of breath, rashes, headaches, and fatigue to name a few. I’ve had all of those symptoms and it suddenly occurred to me that my inexplicable asthma and allergies are likely just caused by anxiety. Again and again I remind myself to relax and stop worrying. Now that I have made the connection between my thoughts and physical symptoms, I can be more conscious of my triggers, and more devoted to chilling the eff out.
7. Find your muse: channel desire into creativity.
You know when you want someone so bad it drives you crazy and you can’t think of anything else? You can tap into that energy and use it to drive your creative work. From Think and Grow Rich:
The energy must be transmuted from desire for physical contact, into some other form of desire and action, before it will lift one to the status of a genius…The salesman who knows how to take his mind off the subject of sex, and direct it in sales effort with as much enthusiasm and determination as he would apply to its original purpose, has acquired the art of sex transmutation.
8. If you flow, you’re a flower.
I found this gem by Forest Sage in the Universal Geometry Spirit Science video. “If you labor, you are a ‘laborer’. If you work on a farm, you are a ‘farmer’. And if you flow, you are a ‘Flower’.” Finally, an answer to, “What do you do?”
9. Be a joy for yourself to watch.
This reality you’re seeing is for your eyes only. You are the performer, and you are the audience. Don’t let what other people think influence what you do. Just do what delights you, right now. Sing while you do the chores. Type with a flourish. Sit up straight and smile for your camera. The only purpose this moment has is for you to enjoy it. And when you take pleasure in being yourself, others will too.
Welcome to Tuesday Tips, a weekly collection of ideas that help me live more consciously. This week the tips are focused on health, both for your body and your mind. My current recipe for well being is to bless your food, bless your muscles, perform your actions with love and take responsibility for everything in your reality.
1. Bless your food.
I got this idea from E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. The premise is that your food responds to energy, so if you send it happy thoughts it will work harmoniously with your body, but if you view food as your enemy, it will stick to you and torture you. Think of your food as living entities that can hear you. Send love and your body will receive love from the food. My current blessing goes like this: “I now bless this food with peace, love and joy. May it nourish my body and bring me health, vitality and energy. I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you.”
2. Visualize strong, beautiful muscles during a workout.
Often I try to escape my workouts by thinking about something outside of the now. But lately I’ve been paying attention to what my instructor says: “Visualize! Big beautiful muscles! Look at your gorgeous bodies!” Little did I know I could quadruple (scientific fact!) the effects of my exercise, just by being present and thinking about what I want. When I’m doing squats, I think, “Strong, beautiful legs! Strong, gorgeous ass!” When I’m doing shoulders, I think, “Strong, beautiful shoulders!” And when I’m doing things that are really hard for me, like pushups, I think, “I’m getting stronger! Strong, beautiful chest!” This concentrated attention placed on your body will have you seeing results instantly. Notice it, get more of it!
3. Whatever you’re doing, feel love for it.
If you’re doing something that you’re not exactly 100% passionate about, train yourself to enjoy it. I was making thank you cards with colored pencils the other day, and at first it was a chore. But then I started thinking, “I love coloring!” and lo and behold, I began truly appreciating the activity. I do actually love coloring! I just have to stop thinking about other things and be present long enough to enjoy it.
4. Take 100% responsibility for your reality.
I took part of my food blessing above from Ho’oponopono philosophy, which is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. By repeating the mantra, “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you,” we may reach a limitless state where we realize everything in reality is just a projection from within. By taking responsibility for our own actions, as well as the actions of others, we can be at peace because all desired change comes from within.
YOU ARE GOD IN HUMAN FORM! You can be or do or have anything you fancy! Trust this moment, embrace the contrast! What is your contrast???
I want to be my reason for feeling good instead of looking to things outside of me (coffee drugs food entertainment work friends etc) to make me feel better.
Breathe in and say I LOVE MYSELF
Breathe out and say Jessica I love and accept you exactly the way you are
You are just judging yourself. You can let go of your thoughts and judgements by returning to the now. Go back to “Jessica I love and accept you exactly the way you are.”
That will rev you up to be a match to conscious breathing again, where you have access to feelings of confidence and power because you are feeling good about yourself, where you feel good just being alive.
Once you accept and love yourself the behaviors you judge will fall away anyway, because you love and accept yourself so there is no need to rebel or act out.
Jessica, I love and accept you exactly the way you are.
It’s a pattern.
Duality / Separateness –> Judging self and world (creates contrast to inspire
Becoming one with self / the observer –> Practicing self-love (gives access to
Becoming one with reality –> Practicing conscious breathing (results in
Oneness / Divinity –> Absence of ego
Absence of ego generally leads to quantum leaps in perspective of self. Once the ego returns (we can’t shut our minds off permanently, nor would we want to) and sees positive manifestations, it becomes attached to the manifestations and wants to take credit. This identification with manifestations again creates duality perspective, of “I am this who wants to hold onto that”.
Holding on creates contrast, which creates pain. The pain can become so great that the individual is forced to crumble or rally, by practicing self-destruction or self-love.
After enough self-destruction the human experience seems set up to eventually realize self-love.
Once you love yourself, you can begin to love your reality, because you will begin to see that you are your reality.
Becoming one with reality tends to be a very in the Now situation, so there isn’t much thought. An individual may choose to augment or assist this perspective with conscious breathing, a powerful method for being present. Placing the attention on the breath keeps the individual paying attention to the current moment.
A human may get so into the rhythm of breath that the ego completely falls away, resulting in a state of consciousness called divinity. It’s where we sometimes go in meditation, or when we’re holding onto a lover, or during extreme stress or exercise.
That state of pure joy and bliss releases so much resistance that positive manifestations rain down. We see that the manifestations are not what bring joy, it’s the joy that brings manifestations. We feel no different when we get the big check, the phonecall, the new car, because we already felt the feeling of having those things before they could arrive.
Inevitably the ego gets involved, we start thinking about the manifestations, worrying, etc. And thus the cycle begins again. Surf the waves instead of getting sucked back under by going back to loving the self, to being at peace with what is, to embracing the contrast.