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Lifestyle - Essential Habits

(Physical Activity, Sleep, Rest, Play, Stress Management,

Relationships, Outlook/Attitude, Purpose, Expression)


  • Be physically active daily. Exercise or just move naturally. Have a daily routine that makes you move your body while doing something at home or outdoors (best). Otherwise, find an intentional physical activity you enjoy like walking or gardening. Regular movement or exercise oxygenates the body, stimulates the lymphatic waste removal system and the immune system, and stimulates production of hormones that make us happier and healthier. But exercise or be physically active in moderation only because excessive physical activity acidifies the body.
  • Reduce stress with Music, Art, Exercise, Sex, Play, Laughter, Smiling, Meditation, Aromatherapy, Deep Breathing, Hugging, Massage and Reflexology, Earthing, Sun Gazing, Daydreaming, Dancing, Singing/Chanting/Humming, Stretching, Silence, prayer, Nature, Nature, and yes Nature. Human touch is the oldest form of healing.

The types of stressors (sources of stress) are: dietary (like toxins/chemicals in our food or drinks), mental (negative thoughts like anxiety), emotional (negative emotions like anger), chemical (in the products we use), and environmental (like polluted air or EMFs/electrosmog).

  • BALANCE your daily active routine activities with leisurely, passive or playful activities and hobbies. In other words, balance "Doing" with "Being". It’s challenging in todays fast paced society and lifestyle, but it's a must! Over-activity is addictive so learn to slow down.

It's important to have at least one hobby that you both enjoy (interest/passion) and are naturally good at (effortless skill). With free time, curiosity, and mindful attention, we can keep rediscovering our true Self and find rewarding hobbies and activities that bring us lasting joy and inner peace. And to possibly serve others with our unique gifts/talents. All the wise saints have said "know yourself" which includes knowing your true nature, your interests/passions, and your natural skills/talents. So find what you love and are naturally good at and do it :)

  • Exposure to nature is key to healing. All living things and mankind lived for eons in close contact and relative harmony with nature. Regular exposure to fresh air and nature provides both physical and mental healing.  Today, many people are disconnected from nature by spending too much time indoors. As Hippocrates advised: "walking is man's best medicine" so take frequent walks. Stand/walk barefoot on the soil or grass, a practice called earthing, that grounds and energizes us. It strengthens the immune system and provides many health benefits. Plant vegetable and flower gardens using organic products only or use pots and other containers for the patio, balcony and indoors. Working with your hands and feet in the soil is one of the most physically and mentally healthy things you can do, and creates a sense of peace and tranquility. Indoor plants also bring the added benefit of adding extra oxygen and removing toxins from the air. You can also visit or volunteer at organic farms worldwide.

  • Positive thinking (hope/faith, acceptance, optimism, etc.) and positive emotions (love/compassion, joy, appreciation, gratitude, etc) alkalize the body thus strengthening the immune system and aiding with both healing and disease prevention. Negative thinking (regret, blame, worrying/anxiety, pessimism, etc.) and negative emotions (anger, hate, guilt, shame, jealousy, fear, etc.) acidify the body because acidic stress hormones like cortisol are released. This leads to a weaker immune system, inflammatory responses, and disease. 

  • Loving ourselves, loving others (universal love, not only family, romantic, or sexual love), and being open to love, are vital emotional nourishment that feeds the soul and strengthens our physical well-being. Just like with physical energy, the more we love ourselves and others, the more our capacity to love and receive love grows. Practice loving yourself unconditionally and being your true authentic self fearlessly.

  • Play is a recreational, leisurely, childlike activity that involves being absorbed in the moment and with no purpose other than to have fun.

  • A simple meditation technique is sitting in a quiet place with eyes-closed for a few minutes while focusing on your in-out breath or on your abdomen rising-falling. Anytime you catch yourself being distracted by a thought, sound, etc, go back to focusing on your breath or abdomen movement. After a few minutes, you'll notice your breath getting deeper and longer with its mind-calming effect. With practice, it gets easier.

Donation-based ten-day meditation retreats that teach vipassana ("insight" meditation) are available worldwide. Through practicing detached self-observation (of sensations in the body), the mind experiences 'impermanence" and becomes calm and open to insights.

People in the West vs. the East (like Asia) may find sitting (passive) meditation difficult since our minds are overactive, so many may find dynamic (active) meditation like tai chi, qi gong, yoga, nature hiking, etc easier and more beneficial. My experience and recommendation is to practice a dynamic type of meditation first and then follow it immediately with a few minutes of sitting meditation since the body is relaxed and the mind is much more quiet after physical activity.

  • Practice staying connected (being aware or mindful) to what you're experiencing at each moment throughout the day by being aware of what you're doing, thinking, and feeling in your body (both physical sensations and feelings) and without judgement (detached self-observation). Mindfulness (awareness/being present/in the moment/in the here and now) quiets the mind and produces an emotional stillness making calmness and balance easy to achieve. It's a great tool for self-understanding and personal development.

  • Practice expressing your emotions rather than repressing them which is harmful. Repressed emotions create serious physical and mental health problems. So talk about it with someone or imagine person involved is there and have a conversation, or write it down (daily 'mind journal' of feelings and thoughts, or write a letter but don't send it), or draw/doodle. Or express it directly if you're in a comfortable, safe place: cry if you're sad, tremble if you're scared, scream out loud or move chaotically (hit pillow, throw a tantrum, dance) if you're angry. This will release/transform those negative "e-motions" which are nothing but "energy in motion". You'll feel peaceful and energized afterwards. The emotional freedom technique (EFT) or "acu-tapping" is a useful simple tool for removing negative emotions/thoughts/beliefs using psychological acupressure.

When we suppress our emotions or don't know how to express and release them in a healthy way, we develop addictive behaviors/habits and/or substance-abuse. We do this in order to block and numb the pain, anger, grief, shame, guilt, resentment, fear, etc, and to give ourselves a false sense of control. These fear-based behaviors are developed in early childhood experiences (and stored in the subconscious mind). Some examples are: taking care of others (selfless caregivers), workaholic (no time for emotion), hoarding (to replace loss), eating disorders, compulsive behaviors like shopping/cleaning/gambling/etc, alcohol, prescription medications, street drugs, etc. Practicing detached (non-judgmental) awareness of our fears and unpleasant feelings (mental and emotional issues) as they arise and expressing them helps let them go. Medicinal visionary plants like ayahuasca and iboga are also helpful and best taken with a shaman in a natural setting. 

  • Connect and spend quality time with family, loved ones, and with close positive like-minded friends. Avoid unhealthy, energy-draining, toxic relationships. All relationships must be based on respect, trust, and communication.

  • Have a sense of purpose to wake up every morning and activate that purpose in your life.

  • Spend less time watching tv or using the computer. And spend more time reading, relaxing, playing, exercising, or out in nature.

  • Sleeping is the body's rest and repair time. It detoxes, heals, replenishes, and keeps the immune system strong. Sleep early mostly and get deep, uninterrupted sleep for at least eight hours; longer if sick. A good rule of thumb is this: don't use an alarm clock and sleep until your body wakes up. This is how much sleep you need. Sleep on your back or sides. Sleeping on your back or on your right side with a pillow between your legs is best. Sleep quicker and deeper if it's very quiet, dark, away from electrical devices, sockets, or EMFs (cell phone, wireless signals). Sleep on a non-metal bed and mattress because metal amplifies EMFs. Massaging the "bubbling point" (near mid center of foot), or applying pressure to the eye tear duct point relaxes the whole body. Avoid eating anything 1-2 hours before bed. And avoid the tv/computer/phone at least for an hour before bed.

  • You need to have at least one bowel movement daily. Otherwise, eat more fibrous veggies, nuts, and seeds, and drink more water. Or take a natural colon cleanser or magnesium. Squatting on the toilet instead of sitting is a more natural posture. It's easier for the colon and elimination is easier and faster. You can put a small stand in front of a sitting toilet to raise your legs when you go or squat on the toilet seat.

  • Be positive and grateful. Practicing gratitude daily is an easy quick way to experience joy and happiness!

  • Smile, laugh, and breathe deeply as often as you can :)


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