Feel a little off-track? A little lost? A little scared & confused as to where life is directing you? Don’t stress, it’s normal, we all do sometimes. Whether you’re the CEO of a company, a professional, a student or anyone for that matter, you will once in a while halt & ask yourself this question “What am I doing, what next?” Don’t worry it’s not as serious as it sounds. It’s a calling from within that cannot be heard due to our hectic, cramped lives. A spiritual communication within ourselves that is trying be heard amongst a million voices of the external materialistic world. All we need is a little tuning out from everything around us to be able to hear what we actually feel & not simply what our brain is telling us.
Here are a few steps to help you realign with your inner-self:
1. Zone out
Try to spend some time with yourself & forget about all the issues & barriers you face, as understanding your inner thoughts is the solution to all the dilemmas we face in this world. Write something, read a book or simply gaze at the stars above, the key is in understanding what you really desire from life & in expressing what you actually feel. As they say, “In quietness we turn our minds away from the problems of life and fix our thoughts on the mind of God (The inner you).”
2. Try a new genre of music:
There is no better cure from stress than some good soulful, relaxing music with beats that penetrate your mind gently. The best part is that even after a lifetime, the same tune can take you all the way back there! “Deep house music is music that makes you gently bump your head and close your eyes. It’s the type of music you listen to and instantly feel better – It is therapeutic.” – Gerald Kenosi (South African Deep-house artist). Here’s Something to get you started with: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1Ol6M0d9sg
3. Take a mini-vacation every month: (Road-trip\Treks\Adventure sports)
Time is limited, so travel, discover, experience & make the most of your weekends instead of procrastinating or watching TV shows all day. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
4. Get a drink with your colleagues after work:
Maintaining a healthy work life balance is very important whether you are married or single. Get out on a Monday evening with your work buddies & grab a couple of beers & trust me, Monday’s will never feel the same again & your work life will drastically improve over time. (Caution: Monday’s may end up feeling like Friday’s)
5. Go for a midnight walk:
“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.” – Wayne Dyer. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a mansion or a hut, when you step out into the open, the sky, the stars & the beauty of our universe will always be the same. All you need to do is get out & experience a life which is always there, but never felt. Walk on the beach, walk in the park, just surrender your soul to nature for those few moments & forgot about the world. A few practical reasons to go for a night walk: http://healthism.blogspot.in/2011/07/benefits-of-night-walkafter-dinner.html
6. Don’t over-plan & cramp your daily schedule:
Try to keep life simple, it will never let you down. If you have to use the word ‘NO’ don’t hesitate, just say it, because your time & space is of utmost important & committing to something which you may not be able to complete will make you feel worse. So stick to the basics, plan your days in a way where you get enough time to switch between tasks & just enjoy the journey of life, don’t stress! “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates.
7. Learn an instrument (It’s never too late)
“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche. Every beat, every tune that is played, directly communicates with our inner self & mastering the instrument means you have established a seamless path to connect with your true feelings. It’s not only about expressing repressed feelings, but is also the road to discover yourself in a new way. So pick up that guitar you always dreamt of, beat those drums you always wanted to & don’t give a shit about your age, cause it never really matters & never will. If you’re yet not convinced, try this http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12818/why-everyone-should-learn-to-play-a-musical-instrument.html
8. Notice synchronicity
Synchronicity is a term used to explain what we ignorantly describe as a coincidence in one’s life. To be more specific I’ll give you an example: A man was wondering whether or not he should follow through on his decision to get a divorce. He turned on the radio and found an ad for available apartment. He smiled and knew what he needed to do. Another example would be thinking of a friend and receiving a phone call from that friend at that time. When you are open to synchronistic events, they can help you make choices in your life, because they are a form of guidance from the Universe. Do not ignore them & instead just look out for a sign when you really need help. It’ll always come.
9. Spend more time with family
It doesn’t matter who your family is, it can be your teacher who you really respect, it may be a best friend from school or your brother or a sister, the point is that always keep the people who really matter to you close as they are the ones who will always stand by you no matter what. Their presence in your life will bring inner peace & a sense of connection between you & them which will always help in building a good spiritual bond. “Time goes by so fast, people go in and out of your life. You must never miss the opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you.”
10. Try saying this before you start your day:
“No matter what happens to me, I always have the freedom to choose. I can select joy over despair. I can select love over hate. I can select forgiveness over revenge. I can select growth over stagnation. Remember that a crisis can evoke the best in me or the worst in me. The choice is mine!” – You