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According to author and happiness expert Gretchen Rubin, “What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” ⁠ ⁠ The conscious choices we make about what we consistently do, eat, think, and say all have an impact on the quality of our life. ⁠ ⁠ Being conscious about the patterns we develop is the key to elevating our well-being. These small actions are like seeds of positive growth we plant each day that make possible a larger evolution toward our best selves. 🌱⁠ ⁠ Here are a few healthy habit suggestions to get you started:⁠ ⁠ 🛏 Make your bed each morning⁠ 📱 Unplug from devices an hour or two before bed⁠ 🛁 Take a warm bath (add essential oils like lavender or rose)⁠ 📖 Read or journal to wind down at the end of the day (write down what you're grateful for)⁠ ⁠ 💬 Comment below: What's 1 small habit that makes your day 100x better? ⁠ ⁠ Image via @riskhappy

We each have to take responsibility for our own health.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ You can assess your total well-being with the Wheel of Life. Each spoke of the wheel represents a separate component of health–as with all wheels, if one spoke is out of alignment, the wheel cannot work properly. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 👉 Here's an exercise to help you develop a sharper awareness of your current state of well-being:⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ On a scale of 1-10, give yourself a score for each aspect below. Be as honest as possible. Your answers will give you an indication of where imbalances exist and where energy may need to be placed in order to restore harmony:⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 1️⃣ Spiritual & Personal Growth: Building a strong connection with oneself – body, mind, spirit⁠⠀ 2️⃣ Romance: Partnership and passion⁠⠀ 3️⃣ Family & Friends: Developing and maintaining strong relationships with others⁠⠀ 4️⃣ Finances: Feeling free to give and receive in abundance⁠⠀ 5️⃣ Physical Environment: Feeding the senses with nourishing stimuli⁠⠀ 6️⃣ Health: Nutrition, exercise, habits, and routines⁠⠀ 7️⃣ Fun & Recreation: Your commitment to play⁠⠀ 8️⃣ Career: Engaging in work that you find meaningful ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 💬 Reflect with us: Which spokes of the wheel are strongest and which need the most work?⁠⠀

The holistic healing system of Ayurveda teaches us that everything is connected.🌿⁠ ⁠ We are complex beings whose minds, bodies, and spirits must be in balance if we are to experience health in its most complete sense. ⁠ ⁠ The foods we eat, the music we listen to, the people we see and interact with, the work we do, the feelings we feel–it all has some bearing on our overall well-being. ➡️Nothing works in isolation.⬅️⁠ ⁠ We are born whole and completely connected, but fall into patterns, habits, and ways of being that put strain on some of these connections or skew balance to one side or the other. ⁠ ⁠ Simply being aware of the inextricable ways in which all aspects of the self rely upon and respond to one another helps us to make more conscious decisions to improve the state of our health.⁠ ⁠ 💭 Inspire us: What helps you maintain balance when you feel your equilibrium start to shift?⁠ ⁠ Image via @gabriella_mosteller

Let’s show up for one another.❤️⁠ ⁠ One of the kindest, sensitive, and significant acts we can do for those we love is simply to reach out and let them know we’re thinking of them. ⁠ ⁠ It’s not difficult. It isn’t complicated. It doesn’t take much time out of our day. But this seemingly small message that requires so little can have a profound impact. ⁠ ⁠ When we know there’s someone out there in the world who has us in mind, who wants the best for us, who’s on our team, we feel lifted up. ⁠ ⁠ These kinds of bonds make us stronger, more supported, more connected, and more human.🌏⁠ ⁠ Whether it’s a text, a call, an email, a post-it note, or a handwritten card (kudos!), this kind of message serves as an anchor grounding us in human connection. ⁠ ⁠ Whether the friend or family member on the other end is struggling in isolation or thriving in their relationships, it’s safe to assume this kind of communication will never be poorly received. Who doesn’t appreciate being reminded that someone else cares? ⁠ ⁠ 👭 Tag a friend and check in to see how they're doing! Schedule a meet up or a phone call.⁠ ⁠ Image via @lizandmollie

Happiness isn’t about acquiring more things. It’s about acquiring an appreciation for the things you already possess.😌⁠ ⁠ When we practice gratitude for what is, we’re not caught up in the never-ending anxiety about an insatiable yearning for what could be. Gratitude is found in present moment awareness.❤️ ⁠ ⁠ When we truly experience the now, we’re not worried about what the future holds or attached to the patterns of the past. Our focus is on what is. We see what we have and not what we lack. ⁠ ⁠ Sometimes we naturally feel grateful, especially when it comes easy – for things like family, friends, shelter, water, sunshine. Other times… it's not as straightforward – like having the means to pay our bills or seeing loss as another opening door. Sometimes we need to search for gratitude, but it's always there and always worthwhile.⁠ ⁠ 👫 Tag someone you are grateful for!⁠ ⁠ Image via @lightworkerslounge

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We’re all connected.💫⁠ ⁠ Though we each face our own challenges, feel our own joys and struggles, experience personal victories and defeats, there is a universal energy that unites us all.⁠ ⁠ We’re all on this planet together doing our best to connect to one another, find meaning, achieve something worthwhile, to know and express ourselves.🌎⁠ ⁠ It will never be possible to inhabit the mind or heart of someone else. We can’t know what another person is dealing with. ⁠ ⁠ But when we try our best to relate and empathize, to support and lift each other up, that noble effort elevates us all. Honoring that thread that binds each of us together brings us in closer harmony with the organizing force of the universe. ⁠ ⁠ 👫 Tag a friend you love!⁠

Fun fact: in 2014 @GabbyBernstein co-hosted the Guinness World Record🧘‍♀️largest group meditation🧘‍♂️ with @DeepakChopra...⁠ ⁠ And they will be teaming up again in Santa Fe, New Mexico this October for our Infinite Possibilities retreat!⁠ ⁠ They will be sharing their powerful insights and tools, helping retreat attendees listen to their inner voice, discover their purpose, and manifest their truest desires.⁠ ⁠ 👉Want to join us? Learn more by clicking the link in our bio!⁠

Happiness isn’t having it all. ⁠ ⁠ We’re conditioned to believe we’ll only be happy after we have everything we desire. ⁠ ⁠ We’re taught that there are certain qualities, relationships, accomplishments, and material possessions we need before we can truly experience happiness. ⁠ ⁠ But the truth is that happiness isn’t a goal we reach at the end of the path. ➡️It is the path itself.⬅️ ⁠ ⁠ The key to experiencing happiness is in being present, being aware... and just being. ⁠ ⁠ When we start from the present moment, there’s a level of focus we develop, an appreciation, a certain gratitude that comes from simply noticing what’s around us. Because when we really look, there’s so much to be in awe of and thankful for.😌⁠ ⁠ 💬 Share with us: How do you remain in the present moment?⁠

The 🧠brain benefits🧠 that go along with meditation are profound and wide-reaching. When we meditate, we give our brain the opportunity to think, feel, and operate in a different way. ⁠ ⁠ For years we thought that the brain we were born with was the brain we’d have for life. But recent research has shown the remarkable ability of our brains to change over time based on our behavior and way of thinking.😌 ⁠ ⁠ Meditation allows us to harness the power of neuroplasticity, creating neural pathways that wouldn’t otherwise exist, balancing the brain’s hemispheres and strengthening parts of the brain associated with memory and cognition. ⁠ ⁠ Meditation is a tool that helps us connect not only to ourselves, but to those around us, increasing our empathy, our compassion, and our patience.♥️ When we listen with sensitivity and intent to our own inner voice, we’re better able to hear the voices of others. The connections we form make us feel less lonely, which in turn decreases feelings of anxiety and depression. ⁠ ⁠ 💬 Let us know: Which is your favorite benefit of meditation?⁠

With all the chaos in the world, has your news feed been a little negative lately? While it's good to stay up to date on current events, there's no denying that bad news makes headlines. These stories often grab our attention and fill our mental space. ⁠ ⁠ However, when so much of our time and focus is placed on the 'news' and the happenings of our external world, we often forget to celebrate the small things in life like:⁠ 😌 A stranger sharing a simple act of kindness,⁠ ☕️ Holding a warm cup of tea on a cold day,⁠ ❤️ A hug from a loved one,⁠ 🌬 Our bodies' ability to breathe,⁠ ☀️ And the sun rising⁠ ⁠ Engaging our senses, interacting with the world, and recognizing the simple pleasures of life can serve a greater purpose: to connect with and understand our place in this vast universe. These seemingly simple details can add up to a life of joy, fulfillment, and wonder.⁠ ⁠ 💬 We want to know: what would you like to see on the front page of the paper?⁠ Image via @aolanow

Nothing in life is fixed. ⁠ ⁠ Everything in the universe is shifting, turning over, evolving, and transforming.💫 When we embrace this fundamental aspect of our own being, we’re able to move with greater ease and less anxiety through life. When we resist change, we anchor ourselves in shifting sands. When we expect absolute certainty or black and white clarity, we’re only met with disappointment and confusion. ⁠ ⁠ The key is to accept the inevitable uncertainty that comes with being a human in the world. When we surrender to the flux of the universe and put faith and confidence in its infinite organizing power, change becomes a source of excitement and opportunity rather than one of fear or anxiety. ⁠ ⁠ It’s all a matter of letting go and letting the universe work its magic. ⁠ ⁠ 💬 Share with our community: what magic have you experienced when you've let go?⁠ ⁠ Image via @fulcandles

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