16 Things That Make Life Better

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Written by Raymond Salas

16 Things That Make Life Better


Here's my updated list of 16 things that make life better:

Prince Ea

Prince Ea is a twenty-something poet and filmmaker from St. Louis, Missouri. He creates short, yet powerful spoken word films on a diverse range of topics including environmentalism, work-life balance, and spirituality. His work has received over 500+ million views on YouTube and Facebook. 

One of my favorites is "Everybody Dies, But Not Everybody Lives."


Others include:
- Why I Got Rid of Most of My Friends
- Working to Live or Living to Work?
- MAN vs EARTH


"Make It Count" by Casey Neistat 

Nike hired Casey Neistat to make a movie about what it means to "make it count." Instead of making just a normal commercial, he took their money and over the next ten days, he traveled around world filming his adventures and redefining what it truly means to make life count. The inspiring video has nearly 25 million views on YouTube (as of February 2017).

"Make It Count"




"Caine's Arcade"

"Caine's Arcade" is a short 11-minute documentary about a 9-year-old boy's handmade cardboard arcade in the back of his father's auto parts store in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles and his dream of having customers. A local filmmaker Nirvan Mullick happened to stop by the auto parts store one day and saw the arcade. He was impressed with Caine's great attention to detail, ingenuity, and imagination. Upon learning that he was Caine's first and only customer, he became inspired to make a short film about Caine and his arcade. The film went viral and received over 10 million views worldwide. As part of the film, Nirvan set up a college scholarship fund for Caine which has raised over $240,000 to date. 

"Caine's Arcade"




"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"

"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" is an Academy Award-winning documentary short subject film about Alice Herz-Sommer, a German-speaking Jewish pianist from Prague who, at the time of her death in 2014, was the world's oldest Holocaust survivor at 110 years of age. In this compelling film, she embodies and discusses the power of music, laughter, and having an optimistic outlook on life. 

"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"




"Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory"

"Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory" is an award-winning documentary showing the power of music and how it can help relieve the suffering of people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. By simply placing headphones on patients and playing some of their favorite music from the past, we watch as they come to life and become very expressive, even recalling distant memories. It is a very inspirational film that captures many amazing transformations, providing hope and greater possibilities for those challenged, trapped, and isolated within themselves by these conditions.

"Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory"




Verilux full-spectrum lighting

While working in an office with fluorescent lighting, I noticed that I began to feel moody and lethargic, without knowing exactly why. I thought that it might be the lighting. I did some research and found the healthy lighting company Verilux. They have been making lighting products for over 50 years that are engineered specifically to produce a patented form of full-spectrum light that effectively mimics natural daylight. The result is improved vision, less eyestrain, reduced fatigue, enhanced clarity, truer colors, and greater contrast. I felt better almost immediately, literally within minutes of switching to their lighting products. I was truly amazed!

Verilux full-spectrum lighting



Primal Pit Paste

After using a deodorant crystal daily for many years, I learned that although these crystal stones don't have the forms of aluminum widely used in antiperspirants and deodorants, they do have a form known as potassium alum or potassium aluminum sulfate. As a result, I began my quest for a natural deodorant that was not only free of this known neurotoxin aluminum in any form, but also worked. After a lot of trial and error without any success, I tried a product called "Primal Pit Paste" and my search was over. Victory! 

Amy Cazin, a certified CrossFit trainer, athlete, and mother, created Primal Pit Paste after her daughter began having body odor at a very young age. She did not want to subject her daughter to the harsh chemicals found in the leading, most popular deodorants. Instead, she wanted to find a healthy, natural alternative that worked. Ultimately, she never found what she was looking for, so she created it. And, Primal Pit Paste was born.

Primal Pit Paste


standing desk

In 2012, the NY Times reported the results of two studies that concluded that “the more time someone spends sitting, especially in front of the television, the shorter and less robust his or her life may be.” 

After further research, I found that there is a growing number of people using a standing desk, which as its name implies, is a desk that you use while standing up. 

There are many types and styles to choose from. After some deliberation, I decided on a standing desk that can be placed on top of my existing desk. This gives me the option of standing when I want to stand and sitting when I want to sit.

I chose the Varidesk Pro 30 model, which is well built and very easy to use.




After using it daily for over a year now, I can report feeling more energy, clearer thinking and focus, and better circulation. I highly recommend it.

Varidesk standing desk

I also strongly recommend standing on an anti-fatigue mat whenever 
using a standing desk

Imprint Standing Desk Anti-Fatigue Mat 



cinnamon 

While growing up, my paternal grandmother always put cinnamon in her coffee...old school Mexican-style. I was always intrigued by this. Eventually, as an adult, I tried it for myself. Wow! Not only is it delicious, but I felt energized and clear-minded afterwards. What's in this stuff?

Well, it turns out that research and studies have found, among other things, that cinnamon can help:

- blood sugar control
- alertness, memory, and cognitive development
- lower LDL cholesterol
- prevent stomach bug / flu
- slow Alzheimer’s disease 



Bulletproof coffee

Dave Aspery, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and multimillionaire, discovered while hiking in the Himalayas that adding yak butter to tea gave him energy and made him more focused, even at high altitudes. After researching, experimenting, meeting with cutting-edge doctors and scientists, and investing almost $300,000 of his own money over the next 15 years, he came up with what he calls “Bulletproof coffee” -- 16 oz. of brewed mycotoxin-free coffee, 1-2 tbsp of MCT oil (a mix of coconut oil and palm oil with the lauric acid removed), and 1-2 tbsp of unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee all mixed together in a high-speed blender for 15-30 seconds.

On the surface “Bulletproof coffee” sounds disgusting, but I found it to be...well, kind of awesome. I’ll be the first to say that it actually tastes good. Next, I noticed that it gave me a lot of energy, without making me jittery. My brain felt like it was functioning at a very high level, with my metabolism and blood sugar balanced the entire day. Surprisingly, after drinking it for a couple of weeks, I noticed that my pants started to feel looser around the waist. I spoke to a few others who experienced the same thing. Wow!

Bulletproof Coffee


Tabata workout

After looking for a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout that I could do in about 10 minutes, I discovered Tabata, which was created by Dr. Izumi Tabata for Olympic athletes in Japan. Basically, it consists of 20 seconds of ultra-intense exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest. This cycle is repeated 8 times without stopping. Although short in duration, research has proven that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts have significant aerobic, metabolic, and cardiovascular benefits.

Here’s the basic Tabata workout routine I follow (3x/week):

Tabata workout




reducing grain intake


With the popularity of the Paleo diet and best-selling books Grain Brainand “Wheat Belly,” many have discovered the many benefits in reducing or eliminating gluten and grains from their diets. Even though I had already significantly reduced my gluten intake with great results, I still consumed a lot of brown rice. So, I decided to try reducing my daily grain intake to see what happens. The results? I noticed improved energy level and mood, reduction of brain fogginess, and the balancing of my blood sugar levels. 


pumpkin seeds 

I started consuming organic pumpkin seeds almost daily, primarily because they're a quick, easy, and delicious snack. As an added bonus...pumpkin seeds' benefits include: 

- heart healthy magnesium
- zinc for immune support
- plant-based omega 3 fats
- improved prostate health
- anti-diabetic effects
- benefits for postmenopausal women
- heart and liver health
- tryptophan for restful sleep
- anti-inflammatory benefits


Ion Me wristband 

If you are a sports fan, you may have noticed many professional athletes wearing colorful wristbands during their games. These bands incorporate negative ion technology which proponents say improve the strength, balance, flexibility, and energy of the wearer. After researching many wristbands, I chose the Ion Me brand which has some of the highest levels of negative ions. After I started wearing it, I noticed a definite improvement while playing sports, exercising, and staying balanced throughout the day.

Ion Me wristband



Brushing Rinse

Brushing Rinse is an oral rinse developed by Mystica Linforth, after she received a diagnosis of advanced periodontal disease. After researching many options, she began brushing her teeth with a combination of food-grade hydrogen peroxide, aloe vera, and potent essential oils. With regular use, her teeth turned whiter, her gums stopped bleeding and receding, tartar significantly reduced, and her teeth were no longer sensitive. Her Brushing Rinse is also very helpful for “morning mouth” and keeping your teeth clean throughout the day.

Essential Oxygen Plus Peppermint Brushing Rinse, 16 Ounce -- 2 per case.


sleep mask

Fortunately, I’ve never had any problems sleeping or falling asleep. But, after noticing the light coming through my bedroom window and blinds every night from the street lights outside, I started experimenting with using a sleep mask, which is designed to block out light, create a state of darkness, and induce the production of melatonin, the sleep chemical in the brain. Immediately, I noticed that I fell asleep easier and slept deeper. How did I not know about this? 



14 Surprising But TRUE Things About Love and Romance

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Written by Raymond Salas

Regardless of how you may feel about Valentine's Day, it has a way of shining the spotlight on the current state of love and romance in our lives.

Questions come to mind like...

"How’s my love life...really?"

"Have I found the one yet?"

"Am I truly happy in love and romance with the person I'm with? Or am I just settling?"



14 Surprising But TRUE Things About Love and Romance



After many lessons learned and myths shattered...

Here’s my 14 surprising, but TRUE realizations about love and romance:


- Who you’re attracted to now may or may not be the person you imagined or pictured in your mind.

We often think that we know who (or what) would make us happy. The truth is that our preferences are always based on the past, which may have little or nothing to do with the present or future.

As a result, we may find ourselves attracted to someone who doesn’t fit what we believe to be our ideal “type.”

When then have the choice to deny and resist what we are truly feeling in the present moment or be open and follow where our heart is leading us.

Love and attraction are never logical. 


- Just because you broke up doesn’t mean the relationship failed.

Maybe it ended because it was simply over. In other words, it had run its course, played itself out, and there was no more growth or good that could come from it. 

In this case, it’s time to move on to whatever is next for you.

The amount of time that it takes a relationship to reach this point varies. For some, it’s days and weeks. For others, it’s months and years.

It happens however it happens.


- There is no “special” one just for you.

This is a concept that many people struggle with: “Who is my soulmate and how can I find them?” 

The truth is that there may not be only one person who is right for you. There could be more, with each person being right for you in different ways, at different times of your life.
 “While the idea of each of us having an ideal soulmate might seem reassuring...it could deprive one of the opportunities of discovering many suitable partners. This fixation of the mind on just ‘one’ soulmate will make you miss living your life while you wait for the arrival of the ‘one.’ You could equally just be placing too much pressure on your existing relationship, which could lead to its failure.” - www.loving-relationship.com

- The first 3-6 months of a romance are no indication of whether or not it will last.

Yes, it’s true. The first few months of a new romance can feel like magic, a high like no other.

However...
“Realistically it is not advisable to commit to someone in the first 3-6 months of a relationship when you are likely running on Oxytocin. which is a chemical found in chocolate. Oxytocin creates the sense of well-being and euphoria that comes with ‘falling in love.’ This might as well be dubbed the period of temporary insanity, because you are not in command of all your faculties; your brain is hijacked by those lovely chemicals, interfering with your ability to think clearly.” - Yangki Christine Akiteng

- If you’re needy or desperate, you won’t find what you’re truly looking for.

Whether it’s with love and romance or anything else...
“When we ask for what we want, while being grateful and not being needy, we increase the odds of attracting it to us. It’s the feeling of desperation that pushes away the very things we want. Attachment isn’t good for manifestation. You have to let go.” - Joe Vitale
Ironically, when you no longer need the object of your desire, but would welcome it, that’s when it usually comes...when you are free from attachment.


- How attractive you are has nothing to do with anything external.

This includes your job, job title or work, income, the size or shape of any or all of your body parts, your age, hairstyle, clothes, home, the vehicle you drive, etc. ...despite what advertising, social media, and popular culture may be telling you.

While each of these things can influence how you feel, how attractive you are in any given moment all comes down to how you feel inside, your self-esteem. Nothing more.

“...self-esteem has nothing to do with anything external, such as looks, approval, money, relationships with others, or having a baby. Self-esteem, or the lack of it, is solely the result of how we treat ourselves.” - Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

- Just because you both _______ doesn’t mean you’re right for each other romantically.

You can fill in this blank with anything that you both have in common, such as:

- like to “mambo”
- are from the same city, state, school, gym, yoga studio, etc.
- love sushi, Thai food, etc. 
- enjoy hiking 
- love going to the beach

You get the idea. 

While common interests are definitely a good starting point, they don't necessarily mean that there will be "sparks" or romantic compatibility and harmony.


- Like you, the other person will change over time.

Each of us is continuing to grow and evolve as individuals. Therefore, the person you’re attracted to now will be different in a year from now... or five years from now... or ten years from now.

Expecting them to remain the same is contrary to nature, love, and life, where change is the only constant.

How you respond to these changes will make all the difference.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” - Charles Darwin

The same could be said for relationships, love, and romance.


- Being involved in a romance may or may not be the best thing for you right now.

Sometimes we just need some space, time on our own to “fly solo,” without a partner, to clear our mind, balance our emotions, rest and rejuvenate ourselves.



- Another person cannot make you happy.

The bottom line is: either you’re happy or you’re not. It has nothing to do with the other person or anything outside of yourself.
“Nasty people can’t make you mad. Nice people can’t make you happy. Events or people are simply events or people. They can’t make you anything. You have to do that for yourself. Whatever emotions arise in you as a result of external events, they’re powerless until you pick them up and decide to act on them.” - Adrian Savage

- You will never like or love the other person in the same way 100% of the time.
“No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater...The love we have for each other is bigger than these small differences. And that’s the key.” - Sarah Dessen

- The only thing that really matters (after being romantically involved and together for at least six months) is how you truly feel when you are with this other person.

 Do you feel truly comfortable and at ease around this person? Do you trust them? Can you express yourself, who you really are, warts and all, with this person? Can you just be yourself around them? Do you have fun and enjoy being with them most of the time? Do you like who you are when you are with them? Do they see and support the best in you? 




- To attract the person, romantic relationship, and life of your dreams, you first must become the person who would be attractive and a match to this ideal person, relationship, and life that you desire.

How?
“When you visualize your new reality, you must imagine yourself BEING the kind of person who can attract and hold on to all the good stuff you wish to manifest. That means you’re going to have to work on yourself and grow into that kind of person. 
In order to manifest what you desire, the total package must be congruent. There must be harmony between what you’re attracting and what’s attracting you. Too often people fall into the trap of trying to attract something that would naturally repel them, such as...trying to attract a loving relationship without becoming a loving and attractive person. 
This is largely common sense, which many people seem to lose sight of when trying to apply the Law of Attraction.” - Steve Pavlina

- Opposites do NOT attract.

Despite what romantic comedies and Hollywood would have us believe, numerous studies and social psychologists have found that opposites do NOT attract.

In fact...
“Opposites tend to attract in the short term, but not in the long-term. Over the long haul, one of the biggest predictors of success in relationships and marriages is similarity.” - Catherine Sanderson, psychologist 

Related and recommended post: 
5 Steps for Getting Over Someone and Healing A Broken Heart

How To Create a Remarkable Life

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Edited by Raymond Salas

Imagine it’s 10 years from today…

Envision the life you could have if you pursued everything you wanted with the certainty that you would succeed at every single thing you chose. In other words, you would have no failure or possibility of failure.

What does your life look like? What are you doing? Where are you living? Who are you living with? What kind of house are you in? Is it an apartment or a house? Do you live in the city or are you in the country? What does your furniture look like? What are your clothes like? Do you have a significant other? What is your significant other like? Do you have children? What are your children like? Do you have pets? What are your pets like? Do you have a car? What is your car like? What is your career like? What excites you? What is your health like?

Write out all of these details of your life for this one day ten years from today. What does all of the details of your entire day look like from the beginning when you first wake up to the end when you lay down to sleep?

Dream big. Dream without any fear.

Write it all down (on a computer or paper). Do NOT edit.

Put your whole heart into it.

Write like your life depends on it.

Don’t share any of this with anyone other than yourself.

Revise whenever the need arises.

Review it regularly (weekly, biweekly, monthly or whatever works best for you) and see what happens.

This exercise came from Debbie Millman, a successful writer, artist, designer, and educator, who learned it from the celebrated American graphic designer Milton Glaser, creator of the famed “I Heart New York” logo. He used to give a “5 years from today” version of this exercise to his students. Over the years, they would report with amazement how much of their vision became their actual life experience, with great detail and accuracy. Debbie's students had similar results.

This exercise has a magical quality to it so be careful what you wish for.

Daily Self-Care for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit

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Written by Raymond Salas

With the daily challenges and stresses of modern living, daily self-care is essential. This means "checking" the metaphorical boxes for physical, mental, spiritual / emotional well-being every day, even if you’re busy.

If we don't remember to give to ourselves first, eventually we won't have the energy and inner resources necessary to give effectively to our world (i.e., work, career, family, friends, significant others, etc.). As a result, we will only end up depleting ourselves further and often become (more) irritable and resentful in the process.

Here's a daily self-care routine, based on my own, that I recently put together for a client:

Daily Self-Care for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit

Healthy Mind (choose 1):
- 5-minute meditation: https://goo.gl/JYbPgB
- 2-minute yoga breathing: https://youtu.be/cv9s0wRymZc
- 10-minute Pranayama Breathing technique: http://goo.gl/AFjea
- 25-minute Smile Guided Meditation: https://goo.gl/JVmC9d
- Headspace app (10-minute guided meditations): https://www.headspace.com/

Healthy Body (choose 1*):
- Go to the gym.
- 20-30 minute brisk walk 
- 10-minute Tabata routine: https://youtu.be/PutmjSp0Qk8
- 15-minute "Five Tibetan Rites" yoga exercises: https://youtu.be/TJElLrpBetc
- 7-minute Scientific Workout: https://youtu.be/l8cpjmZkz3I
- 30 minutes of another exercise or movement or sport you enjoy

Healthy Spirit (choose all):
- Bring to mind 3-5 things you're grateful for every day. Try to come up with new things daily, if possible.
- Forgive everything and everyone, including yourself, every day. Here's how: http://tinyurl.com/y8qx3y5
- Say "yes" to everything and everyone that moves you in the direction of feeling more peaceful, calm, happy, light, and positive.
- Say "no" to everything and everyone else, whenever possible.


Related and Recommended Post:

* Disclaimer: Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider. 

5 Steps for Getting Over Someone and Healing A Broken Heart

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Written by Raymond Salas


“One of the most difficult tasks in life is removing someone from your heart.” -Anon

Face it. Breaking up SUCKS...for most people. 

Some may feel like curling up into a ball, shutting out the world, and crying themselves to sleep thinking “How could this have happened?”

Others may feel the opposite like “Woo-hoo, thank God! Finally, I’m free”...or something similar.

Or at times, you may find yourself bouncing back and forth between these two extremes.

Can you relate?

If so, here’s some steps that can help you get over someone, heal your broken heart, and finally begin moving forward with your life...in a GOOD way.



5 Steps for Getting Over Someone and Healing A Broken Heart



- Give yourself some time.


“Breaking up” is a mental and emotional process of letting go. It takes time. If you were together for an extended period, it may take even longer. That’s okay.

Give yourself the mental and emotional space to process the transition of your relationship.

If you have 100 tears to cry but only cry 80, then you’ll need to allow the remaining 20 to come out.  If you don’t, then you’ll take this unexpressed pain, hurt, etc. into the next relationship., often recreating the same painful lessons and outcome...AGAIN. Ouch.


- Forgive.

Forgive yourself for everything you did (or didn’t do) that was less than your best. And forgive the other person too for the same.

By doing so, you are not condoning any bad behavior. Rather, you are choosing to set yourself free.

If it’s too soon and/or too hard to forgive, that's fine. However, you will be energetically bound to this person and relationship until you do...EVEN if you get involved with someone else. It will be like walking around with an energetic cloud from your past. It will weigh on you until you can let it go. 

You will NEVER be truly free until you are willing to forgive yourself and the other person.

Sorry, no one gets a “pass” on this one.


- Identify what you loved and what you didn’t love.

After you’ve given yourself some time and have forgiven...make a list of what you loved most about the relationship. 

Next, think about what you didn’t love and ask yourself what would you have preferred instead. Write out your answers.

Once complete, both lists combined now represent what you really want and desire in a relationship.

This exercise will help give you the mental clarity for moving forward in a new and positive way.


- Make changes to become a match to your ideal.

Once you identify what you REALLY want in a relationship, make whatever changes necessary in yourself to become a match to this ideal relationship.

Be willing to do and see things differently. Whatever it takes.

If you were a MATCH to your ideal partner and relationship right now…

- What thoughts would you be thinking? Practice thinking those thoughts. 
- What would you be feeling? Practice feeling those feelings. 
- How would you act? Practice acting this way. 
- How would you be? Practice being this way.

Keep practicing until you actually become this person. When you do, you will begin attracting new matching relationships, circumstances, and situations accordingly.
“If you want a NEW tomorrow, then make NEW choices today.” - Marc Chernoff

- Be patient with all of this.

Personal growth takes time. Transitions and changes take time. Don’t be in such a rush or hurry. 

I know we live in a time of high-speed communication and connection, BUT you can’t force growth...especially your own.

Just keep moving, step by step, in the new direction you want to go in, however long it takes...and eventually you’ll get there.
“There is something good in all seeming failures. You are NOT to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.” - Swami Sivananda

7 Ways to Get In The Flow Where All Good Things Happen

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Written by Raymond Salas
“Flow is said to lift experience from the ordinary to the optimal, to a Zen-like state, and it's in precisely those moments that we feel truly alive and in tune with what we are doing.” ~ Mark de Rond
To be in the flow is to be living life in an optimal state.

The flow is where all good things happen for us.

Sounds great, right?

But, how do we get in the flow when the so-called “reality” of our day-to-day life seems to be pulling us in the opposite direction?

Here are seven ways to get in the flow that actually work:



7 Ways to Get In The Flow Where All Good Things Happen



- Stop analyzing and trying to figure everything out.

The truth is that we never know how things are going to turn out. At best, we’re just guessing. Everybody is.

Sometimes we guess correctly, which only feeds the illusion. Most times, we’re way off. Things usually happen that we couldn’t possibly have predicted, which changes the outcome.
“Happiness is achieved by flowing with the known and the unknown within you, being in a state of simplified simplicity.” ― Paul Andreas Wunderlich


- Stop trying so hard.

When you are truly in the flow, there is a balance of give and take, taking action and allowing, yin and yang. If you try to force things or become overzealous in trying to make things happen, you create an imbalance and more resistance within you, which often attracts the opposite of what you want to experience.
“When effort is needed, effort will appear. When effortlessness becomes essential, it will assert itself. You need not push life about. Just flow with it and give yourself completely to the task of the present moment.” ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj


- Stop thinking you know what outcome is best.

We only think that we know what should happen in any given moment or situation. But, in truth, there is no way to see all possible variables and outcomes. Therefore, we have no idea what would bring us the greatest benefit and good in any area of our life at any time.

As a result, it is more beneficial to remain open to all possibilities and be willing to see things differently.
“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.” - Rumi

- Stop bringing the past into the present.

When you bring your past experience into the present, you miss the true potential of the moment and therefore, limit its possibilities. Anything you think you know is based on your past experience and knowledge. If you’re too attached to the past, you will close yourself off to new opportunities available now that you’ve never considered or experienced, which could be even better for you.

So, let go of the past now and explore the present moment before you fully with “new” eyes.

- Be flexible and adaptable.

Water is truly flexible...
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child.” - Margaret Atwood

As the poet reminds us, water’s true power lies in its flexibility.

Similarly, when we are flexible and adaptable in the present moment, we are at our most powerful. Our energy is fluid. We are in the flow.
“There are ultimately two choices in life: to fight it or to embrace it. If you fight it you will lose - if you embrace it you become one with it and you'll be lived.” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru


- Be creative.

The flow of life is always creative and ever-changing. When you do something creative, you are joining this dance with life. 

Any creative activity you choose to do does not need to be large in scale. It can be something as simple as writing down ten new ideas to make your life better today; putting together a music mix of your favorite songs; or clearing some clutter and organizing your desk or an area of your home.
“The more in harmony you are with the flow of your own existence, the more magical life becomes.” ~ Adyashanti


- Be grateful.

When you are in a state of gratitude, you are free of resistance. 

When you are free of resistance, you are in the flow...where all good things happen. 

It’s that simple.
"It is not joy that makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us joyful." - David Rast