Our lives and well-being are crafted by the way we conduct ourselves daily from sunrise to sunset.
Due to our busy lifestyles and the pressures of a fast-evolving society, we can forget to focus on ourselves. When this happens, we get disconnected from the core of who we really are.
We weaken our body, mind and spirit when we fail to take care of ourselves. As a result, everything in life may start to hurt.
Remember, life is not about making money, eating, sleeping or gossiping. It is not an endless struggle either.
We should realise the purpose of our existence, and that is to be at peace with ourselves, exude happiness and be at one with Nature.
In this month’s column, I am going to share some result-oriented ancient techniques that I have learnt from the great Vasthu masters during my travels in India. The tips shared by these holy men can be observed by anyone who wants to enrich their lives.
You need not do anything extraordinary; you just have to follow the basic daily regime of pure consciousness.
Start by avoiding late nights. Have adequate sleep, and wake up at sunrise to connect to the freshness of each new day.
The benefits of rising with the sun are many. It also allows you to set the tone for the day, and discipline and purify your body and mind.
According to the pious men I met in the Himalayas, early morning sun rays boost the body’s energy level and enhance thinking and concentration.
Meditation, which allows you to stay in touch with your inner self, is encouraged during this period to calm the mind and absorb the energy of creation.
Exercise is important to revitalise your body. You can take a walk in the park, and do warm-ups and stretching exercises to reduce your stress level.
Next, do breathing exercises. Breathe in through the right nostril, and then the left nostril, until your breathing is calm.
This inhalation and exhalation help improve analytical thinking and verbal expression.
To protect your aura, rub both hands together until you feel a warm sensation and move your palms slowly over your face, head, shoulders, arms and legs to create an invisible shield.
This activity will protect you from evil gazes and envious people whom you come in contact with daily when you step out of your home.
Conclude the exercise by chanting the sacred sound of the universe – “Aum” – three times to empower yourself and activate your inner energy.
Next, focus on your mental state which is related to your emotional well-being.
Remove all destructive thoughts of anger, jealousy and irritability which can give rise to tension, anxiety and hopelessness.
If you are unable to do this in quietness, play your favourite music to ward off distractions.
Once you are in harmony with yourself, stay connected to your inner self by being mindful when carrying out your daily activities.
Do everything – from cooking a meal to handling your office work – with enthusiasm and creativity to stay alert and feel good.
To maintain the mood of excitement, you are encouraged to create an inspiration “altar” at your work space or home.
The altar need not necessarily be related to religious objects.
It can be a photograph, drawing, special gift or any affirmation that uplifts you and helps you to remain confident and joyful throughout the day.
Have a balanced diet. Avoid overeating and eat only when you are hungry.
Don’t forget to pamper yourself whenever you get a chance. It can be a weekly or monthly treat like going for an oil massage, a facial, a movie or a concert, or treating yourself to something you like.
Finally, be mindful of the tone of your voice and the choice of words when you talk to people you come in contact with.
Speak with warmth because the cheerfulness you exude will make or break your day.
These are all simple things you can do to influence and shape your day.
T. Selva is the author of the Vasthu Sastra Guide and the first disciple of 7th-generation Vasthu Sastra master Yuvaraj Sowma from Chennai, India. You can follow him on twitter at @tselvas and write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. This column appears on the last Sunday of every month.