5 steps for living your best life

Life-Style Desk
27 October 2020, Tue
Published: 10:00

5 steps for living your best life

In those moments of life hanging on a thread, what living the best life really means for me suddenly became crystal clear.

But I’ll get to that in a minute. Because this article isn’t about me. It’s about you and your life.

Do you have a strong sense of what you want out of life, but find it challenging to achieve that in the face of your day-to-day responsibilities and stresses?

If so, you are not alone.

Recent research has revealed 5 keys that can help us strike this balance between the big picture of what we want out of life and navigating everyday distractions.

But first, it’s important to figure out what living the best life means to you.

Some of the ways that anyone can learn to live a more authentic, self-aware, and powerful life. Let’s go to know some benefits for living your best life. 

Identify what matters most to you
It doesn’t take a near-death experience to reconnect with what matters most. Sometimes, just a few moments of asking tough questions can help us to do the same thing.

What matters most to you? What is most important to you—really? If you learned you only had a limited time left, what would you want to do with your time?

Have you had a difficult experience that helped you clarify what really matters? What did you learn? What are your answers to the above three questions?

What matters most to you?

Be Kind:
There is a strong correlation between well-being, happiness, and health among people who act with kindness toward others. It is difficult to be angry, resentful, or even fearful when we are showing unselfish love and compassion towards other beings. I love leading Seva(service) yoga retreats because I see a massive shift in my retreaters when we begin our service activities. For example, it doesn’t matter if they are cleaning dirty food bowls for elephants or shoveling dirt. They undoubtedly begin to settle into a deeper sense of happiness and presence.

Listen to yourself:
Taking and following the advice from another person is assuming that: 
1) They have lived through exactly the same predicament as you have (meaning that all the factors are exactly the same); and 
2) They have the same wants and needs as you do. Neither of which is probably true. 

However, taking bits and pieces of advice from others can be helpful, but it is always most wise and make certain that your actions are in line with who you are and what you want for your life.

Spend time alone in silence:
Alone time has a long list of benefits, which include boosting your immune system, strengthening your relationships, and improving your outlook on life. Try taking 30 minutes every week where you turn the power off externally and amp it up internally. For example, turn off your phone and email. 

Spend [time] sitting somewhere peaceful, where you can focus on your breathing and being present. The happy contradiction is that alone time like this will carry over to your other relationships and endeavors. When you connect to yourself in a deep and true manner, you start feeling more positive and powerfully charged. It’s easier, in this state, to connect to others in a bigger way and with greater joy.

Avoid gossip and drama:
Judgment is making a “good” or “bad” assessment based on how we think things should be. This makes it very limiting to maintaining presence and realistic awareness. We begin to judge other people based on past judgments and our perspective of reality becomes tainted. This group event and practice is meant to get us into the habit of not letting life's imperfections drag us down while refining the practice of non-judgment.