Teal Swans 5 essential daily practices
All people are unique and as such, part of mastering life is to figure out the unique recipe that causes you to come into a state of alignment. That being said, I am partial to The five Daily Practices that I, myself apply each day.
And here they are:
1) Waking up in undivided presence. Directing all of my consciousness back into my body so that I can start off on the foot of awareness and this sets me up to continue being present throughout the day. To do this, I do not open my eyes when I wake up. Instead, I direct all of my focus to my internal world. I become aware of how I am feeling physically then emotionally. I listen to the thoughts arising. Then I notice the sounds and smells in the outside world. Then I allow my eyes to open.
2) Waking up in undivided presence. Directing all of my consciousness back into my body so that I can start off on the foot of awareness and this sets me up to continue being present throughout the day. To do this, I do not open my eyes when I wake up. Instead, I direct all of my focus to my internal world. I become aware of how I am feeling physically than emotionally. I listen to the thoughts arising. Then I notice the sounds and smells in the outside world. Then I allow my eyes to open.
Writing a page of positives. No matter how small or large, I write down anything that causes me to feel better about the here and now or about the day ahead. I do this while listening to soothing sounds that I have collected over the years, like ducks in a pond or water bubbles fizzing. I also do this while drinking warm lemon water. Doing this causes me to shift to a frequency high enough to be motivated for the day ahead and in a state of openness to life.
3) Catching the wave of inspiration and finishing anything I begin before moving on to the next thing. The greatest success and productivity happens when I am organizing my day according to what I feel moved to do from the inside instead of according to what I feel I should do or 'have to do'. It feels like riding an internal wave of inspiration. I immediately do whatever I feel like doing on any given day and I do not let myself stop until I have finished and can cross it off of my list. Doing this ensures that I am in the flow of life and using it to my advantage to complete creative tasks.
4) Preparing food. For me, cooking or preparing food is a way to be connected with what my own body is wanting, with the more grounded physical world and with other people. It is an art form for me, but an art form that I can use to create a connection with other people. It is my own personal form of meditation. I am overwhelmed with the promise of lush ingredients. I feel abundant with the smells and flavors and colors and textures. I love the feeling of predictability and instant gratification. I love seeing other people love the food I make.
5) Ensuring harmony between my inner selves. All people are composed of one body and many personalities within that body. A major cause of unhappiness is that these inner selves are in conflict with one another. Some feel ignored by others, some feel unknown to others, some feel bullied by others and some have conflicting needs for example. One example of just 2 these inner selves is the inner adult and the inner child. I listen to the energetic changes in my own body to recognize these different selves when they are activated and how they feel and perceive life as well as what they need. I meet their needs throughout the day and restore harmony between them so that I am in a state of unity and integrity instead of fragmentation throughout the day and by doing so, I am practicing living life in the perspective of the 'aware ego'.