Well, here I go on another Tony trip. These trips always reminds me of how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place! Leaving for Singapore in February or the Gold Coast in April is not too difficult. But leaving the PNW anytime between May and Nov. is just torture! It does however give me a wonderful chance to reflect on all the blessings in my life.
Tony says the best way to conquer fear and/or depression is with gratitude. Well, we have a lot to be grateful for. Just a simple day in PNW with my family gives me all the gratitude I need! The trick is to be mindful of all our blessings as they happen to us.
Here's a trick I do called priming. It's simple but can make a huge difference in your life. (The way I like things...small change, huge difference). Try it for a week and see how it can change your life.
Find a nice quiet comfortable place to sit. Get up 15-20 minutes earlier than you normally would. Go to your "thinking chair," sit tall and relaxed. Raise both arms overhead as if you were grabbing something. Grab it out of the thin air and pull it down to your lap. Do this 15 times in rapid succession while breathing strongly in and out of your nose. In on the reach up, out on the pull down. After 15 rapid repetitions with breathing you sit still with your hands resting in your lap. Think of something you're grateful for. Focus on it and feel how blessed you are as a result. It can be anything from a coincidence that led to something great. To an accomplishment that was completely planned and that took a massive effort to achieve. Anything at all that makes you feel grateful.
After focusing on this first point of gratitude for a few minutes, you will repeat the reaching, pulling, and breathing another 15 times and choose another blessing to be grateful for.
Repeat a total of 3 times, focusing on a new thing each time. I then usually spend a few minutes planning what I want to accomplish that day right there and then in a positive, grateful state.
This priming and planning is a great habit to get into. It will help you stay happy, healthy, focused and productive. Try it every day for a week and see just how lucky you really are!
In good Health,