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10 Simple Tips to Live Happy, Wild and Free★

Here are 10 stupidly simple tips to live
happy, wild, and free:

1. Write out a short-list of the simple
things that give you pleasure.
Keep them in the front of your
consciousness and make sure you
engage with them at least a few times
a week. As you do these things, stay
present and mindful of the joy they
bring you.
For example, I love eating a fresh juicy
nectarine on a summer’s afternoon,
and meditating in the morning after a
fresh brewed cup of tea, and taking a
walk with my husband and window-
shopping. What are some of your
simple things?

2. Get moving.
Maybe you like the openness and
relaxation you feel after a yoga class
or the sweat and wild release of
spinning. You may enjoy seeing your
dog run happily in circles as you throw
balls at the park.
Whatever movement inspires you, do it
and observe the happiness and
freedom it brings. Also, take a short
walk after having a meal. This not only
helps with digestion, but also instantly
relieves any heavy feelings.

3. Eat light.
Support your body/mind/spirit with
simple meals three times a day. On
retreat, we eat out of three small
bowls, usually a grain, a soup and a
vegetable. Eating light helps us to feel
lighter and also increases
concentration, digestion, energy
levels, and productivity.
As a practice of mindfulness, I put my
eating utensil down between each bite
and wait to pick it up again until the
food is completely swallowed. It takes
20 minutes for our meal to be digested,
so I know if I eat slowly for 20 minutes,
I will feel completely satisfied without
having to eat large portions.

4. Take a cold shower.
Waking up in the morning and taking a
cold shower revives and wildly
awakens the senses. Here are some
benefits of cold showers:
Improves circulation
Relieves depression
Keeps skin and hair healthy
Increases testosterone and fertility
Increases energy and well-being

5. Talk less, and when you do talk
have noble conversation.
When you hang out with your friends
and loved ones, learn to love the
spaces in the conversation. Listen
more to their tone as they share rather
than thinking about how you are going
to respond.
Pay attention to what happens to your
energy when you talk less, and how
much happier you feel as you conserve
more energy. Plus, you will love the
simple intimacy of your relationships
as you increase presence and heart-
centered listening, freeing yourself of
complications and unwanted dramas.

6. Get 10 minutes of sun a day.
With sunscreen, there are benefits to
getting sun. Well-documented
research shows there is a relationship
between low vitamin D levels and poor
health, such as frail bones, multiple
sclerosis, and prostate cancer. We need
vitamin D!
Also, light hitting your skin, not just
your eyes, helps reverse seasonal
affective disorder. Here comes the sun!
Let the sunshine in!

7. Turn off the TV.
Rather than watch TV, use your time
more mindfully. Read, walk, meet
friends, or join an evening group or
class. Use your time to connect to
others and yourself. Or jump in and do
something different, spontaneous, and
wild!

8. Create.
Even if you don’t consider yourself an
artist there are so many ways to
express creatively. Cook with a loved
one, dance in your living room, sing in
the car, journal without editing or
crossing out, learn a new joke.
Be happy, wild, and free as you express
yourself more creatively!

9. Enjoy nature.
Find the nature that surrounds you—
really see it. Observe yourself as you
witness nature and appreciate its
growth and timing.
If you feel like things are going too
slow, too fast, or you aren’t really sure
of where you are going, remember
there is a natural timing for
everything, and all the roads are
taking you to the right place at the
right time.
Ask yourself, “How can I compare
nature’s experience to my life? How
am I just like the wild flower that is
growing on the path?”

10. Know the simple truth.
With enthusiasm and confidence, state
what you know to be true about your
authentic self. Ask yourself, “What is
true about myself right now in this
moment?”
For example, I am enough, I am worthy,
I am good, I am loved, I have what I
need, or I am a success.
State this affirmation out loud a few
times to embody the essence of who
you really are in this very moment.
Take it in! Believe this and you are
free!
Keeping your focus on the simplest
things offers an immediate experience
of abundant joy. May you embrace
simplicity in your daily life filled with
lightness, movement, and sunshine!
What are your simple things that bring
light to your life?


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