In this short, but powerful 3 step practice, we set ourselves up for having a rewarding day. As I became comfortable in my chair, I took a few cleansing breaths into my body. Feeling the expansion of my lungs as I breathed in, I felt the enjoyment of being alive. Feeling as the air flowed out of my lungs, I felt the joy of being connected.
Step 1: think of someone or something to be grateful for. As I thought about what brought me gratitude, all of the creatures and vegetation that make the nature park their home came to mind. They all give me great joy and a sense of belonging as I am able photograph their constant unfoldment.
Step 2: think of a way to be of service to some being. As I thought about this, beautiful ideas filled my mind. I can send well wishes to others, hold a door for someone, be a listening ear, be present, give a smile, the list goes on and on. An act of kindness brings happiness every time.
Step 3: practice self care. Notice when and where judgements arise and send a kind gesture toward myself instead. Being a good friend to myself will ensure that I am a good friend to others.
What a beautiful way to begin my day! I appreciate learning these steps and will implement them in my morning routine. Thank you, Ian! Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️