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OK, you really want inhabit a state of love? Like, all the time? Want to know exactly what to do? Here goes:

  • Accept yourself as you are – yet also focus on yourself as the highest possible version of you. And live it.
  • Accept others as they are – and relate with the highest version of them, too.
  • Forgive your shortcomings quickly – but also strive to make improvements.
  • Do small things that bring you joy every day.
  • Don’t put off what you need to do.
  • Be thankful. Do a gratitude practice daily… more than daily. Thank the Universe for not just all that you have, but all that you haven’t even seen yet.
  • With every single thing that happens, let it be your teacher. Look for how it can help you grow. Trust.
  • Take yourself just a wee bit less seriously.

Do it… I dare you.

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Wish that your life contained more… joy? Love? Vivacity? Waiting for someone to magically make this happen for you? Guess what – to truly have this, you have to initiate it yourself. Then, you’ll never be dependent on someone again to bring you fulfillment.

This practical exercise can be performed anytime, and you can substitute whichever quality is most needed at that moment. If possible, take 5-10 minutes to do this – but it can also be shorter or longer as needed.

  1. Sit up straight, with your feet firmly planted on the floor (or, crosslegged, sitting on a cushion). Close your eyes.
  2. Inhale deeply through your nose, while your belly expands, bringing your breath fully into your body. Contract your stomach on the exhale, completely sending all the air out of your nose or mouth.
  3. As you exhale, visualize letting go of whatever your may be holding on to that is no longer needed. Breathe with this focus for approximately 30-60 seconds, as needed.
  4. Next, on the inhale, visualize bringing in whatever you most need in your life. Joy. Love. Self-acceptance. Peace… whichever one you truly long for. Try to associate with it whatever color brings that in… or perhaps an image (say, from nature, or a wonderful memory) fill your being. With deep, long, juicy breaths, see that color or image slowly fill your entire body.
  5. When it feels complete, open your eyes. Throughout the day, you can close your eyes at any moment and remember the image implanted in your being.
  6. As needed, wash, rinse and repeat.

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