By Cheryl Steinberg
#1. Love yourself and accept you for you
List all the things you love about yourself and practice daily affirmations – whatever it takes to remind yourself of all the things you like and love about yourself.
#2. Give up past resentments and disappointments about yourself
Look at it this way: challenge yourself every day to be a better person than you were yesterday. Remember, it’s progress not perfection. Find a way to forgive yourself about the past and stop with the self-blame and guilt already!
#3. Let go resentments towards other people and events
Stop criticizing and blaming others. Don’t take things personally and remind yourself that what others do is a reflection on them, not you. And as far as things that happen, accept it as life on life’s terms and look to these events and circumstances as chances to grow.
#4. Stop giving your power away
Use your time and energy wisely. Every time you choose to focus on a negative, you are wasting your energy and only attracting more negative energy. Remember, this is about how to attract positive vibes into your life, right now!
#5. Visualize what you want
Try using a vision board. Instead of picturing the worst case scenario, try seeing things as you want them to be. Visualize yourself doing things in a state of perfect health and happiness.
#6. Do not identify any illness or dis-ease as being part of your self or being
When you say things like, “I am sick” or “I am depressed,” you are putting that out into the Universe and also convincing yourself of those things. It then becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, try putting it like this: “I am experiencing depression,” or “I am someone who experiences the disease of addiction.” Better yet, try saying, “I am a person in recovery from addiction.”
#7. Come from love; not fear
Get into the habit of expressing gratitude for anything and everything. One great way to do this is to make a daily gratitude list. You will immediately sense a shift in energy from blasé to bliss.
#8. Recognize that you have the power to heal yourself
Healing power flows from the thoughts you think. Allow positive thoughts to replace the negative ones in order to eliminate stress as well as boost your immune system. You can still believe in a Higher Power; just know that you, too, possess power – the power to take action in order to be better, recover, and heal.
#9. Be happy
Practice being present, in the moment. Choose to be happy. No one and no thing has the power to make you happy or unhappy. When we exist in a state of happiness, we attract positive energy, which, in turn, boosts our immune systems and enables our ability to heal.
#10. Laugh. A lot.
It’s true when they say that laughter is the best medicine. Do what you have to in order to get yourself to laugh: watch funny movies, think about things that have happened or that have been said that make you laugh, or even practice laughing meditation (it’s a real thing and it works!).
These are all great ways to attract positive vibes into your life right now but, you must remember practice these things daily. Think of them as part of your spiritual maintenance.
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