I think I’d be correct in assuming that we all want to make our lives better? Whether you want to make better choices when it comes to the food you eat, the people you hang around or even the church you go to, I know we all desire to live quality lives.
I for one, have made many changes in my personal life this year. While some things have been easy to change and get rid of, I haven’t been so lucky in other areas. But there’s been a lot of progress and I am happy with the results.
Here are four daily practices that have improved my life:
Every morning (weekdays) I wake up between 05:00 – 05:20 and meditate. This can last between five to 20 minutes. I usually just close my eyes (duh), sit still and watch and observe as my mind goes wherever it wants to go. There are times when I get to a place of complete silence (no thoughts), but other times I usually have a lot of thoughts running through my mind.
I’m no expert at meditation but so far, I know that it has helped me a lot especially when it comes to dealing with anxiety. It certainly calms me down, which is a positive thing. I sometimes find myself in a place where I overthink things and make up all kinds of scenarios, and, through meditation, I’ve been able to see that I don’t have to entertain every thought that comes to my mind. I can just observe and let the thought pass. Meditation has been really good for me, especially because it also keeps me present.
Bible study and prayer
So, after meditating I say a prayer and then start reading my bible. I usually have my notebook right next to me and it helps because I make quite a lot of notes. I’ve heard a lot about the importance of reading the bible for yourself and not just waiting for the Sunday service to hear the word of God. But it was only a couple of months ago that I really started grasping that idea.
I’m someone who, in the past, had a difficult time reading and understanding the bible. And for this reason, I never read it consistently. But I’ve seen that it has now become less intimidating for me and I actually look forward to bible study. I’m learning so much about God and a lot of things suddenly make so much sense. I highly recommend doing this everyday (if you haven’t started already).
I strongly believe in setting intentions. I started doing this a few months ago and let me tell you, it has been life-changing. When I started practicing this, I had one intention almost every day: to love myself more. This was followed by wanting to be kinder to myself. And now, on most days, my intention is to just be.
I’ve noticed that when I set daily intentions – whether it’s to be more grateful, present, loving or present – I tend to remember them throughout the day. This, in turn, tends to shape the way in which my day goes. Doing this has definitely made me a person who’s more aware and present.
I love this one so much, I even wrote a whole article about it. Practicing gratitude is something I started doing at the beginning of 2019. Although I didn’t get it at first, I eventually realised why a lot of people do it. We live in a world where there’s so much negativity and things to complain about. Horrible things happen to people all the time, and life can get overwhelming.
However, despite all of that, it’s important to know that there’s always something to be grateful for. Every night before I sleep I write down five things that I’m grateful for. Sometimes I have to sit there and think, and other times I notice that there’s actually more than five things that I can write about.
This practice has also made me become a person who expects good things to happen every single day, no matter how big or small. I can go from being grateful for my family, relationship with God, to being grateful for the fact that someone was kind to me. It’s really not something difficult to do and I suggest you try it.
Do you have a daily practice? I would love to hear about it.