The Greek Philosopher Socrates spent his life using rational logic to challenge the norms of his society. Even with his life at stake, he refused to conform, determined to uphold what he knew to be true. Approach your own life with a similar attitude. Probe beneath the surface of supposed “truths” presented to you by others as you search for your own truth.
IMPROVEMENT —-Take time daily to silently contemplate not only where you are, but where you are going. Take time to reflect on your purpose and how you are living your life, every day. Think deeply and genuinely about how you would improve the next day. Daily incremental improvements produce lasting results which, lead to positive change.
1. Love – Acknowledge that you deserve health and happiness, and that you’re worth the effort it takes to make a positive change. Remind yourself how the specific change you are making supports for your wellbeing.
2. Compassion. Without self-judgment, recognize how the habit you are trying to change creates suffering and stress(including our habit of being hard on yourself).Then acknowledge your desire to be free from this suffering.
3. Joy.Give yourself credit for and celebrate, any positive actions you have taken to support yourself in this change. Also add gratitude for any support you have received from your family and friends.
4. Equanimity.If you are feeling bad about a recent setback, remind yourself that mistakes are only human, and they’re an important part of the path of change. Instead of berating yourself focus on your larger goal, to be happy, healthy and free from suffering.
Visualize a place that you find healing-perhaps your childhood bedroom or a beloved holiday resort. Visit this place in your mind to comfort you when you are sick.