Over time, fear, exhaustion & shame can dim the brightest of lights, and that is why we must, at all times do what we can to keep that flame inside burning bright, choose the path of light and love, and allow our brilliance to be seen.

Fortunately, there are plenty of tools that you can use to rekindle your spark every day, and here are just a few to help you out.

1.      Express your gratitude daily.

Tell the people around you that you appreciate them. Give thanks for the food you eat and the roof that you sleep under. Smile. It’s hard to be bitter, angry or depressed when you are smiling. Gratitude magnifies your feelings of goodwill, helping you stay focused on the good stuff.

2.      Exercise often.

Sweating and moving for just 20 minutes a day has been clinically shown to improve your mood & boost your health. Try a yoga class, ride your bike around town, or go for a swim. You can also start in smaller, incremental ways. Try getting up 10 minutes earlier and go for a walk and then also walk during lunch and/or in the evening. The effects are cumulative. Take the stairs-twice, park further away, walk in place while talking on the phone, be creative in finding ways to move your body, and you’ll easily chase away the grumps.

3.      Meditate every morning.

Spending time in silence reconnects you with your source of self-awareness, self-assuredness & happiness. It’s also been shown to greatly reduce stress & improve communication. Honestly, I recommend finding several times throughout your day to just sit, focus on your breath, and be still…just “be”. Do this, even for 5-10 minutes, and you will have meditated. Test me in this – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

What can YOU do to shine a little brighter TODAY?

Abound in grace, Karen