SPEAK: Restore By the Spirit – Tools for Restoration…

SPEAK! … By the Spirit™ with
Erica A. Hawthorne

Tools for Restoration…

© 2011 Erica A. Hawthorne

January 28, 2011

Tools for restoring your spirit when you only have:

5 weeks…

READ A BOOK

Restore your creativity and most purposeful self with this inspiring selection: The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.  After one chapter, you’ll be ready to run towards the dreams and goals you may have moved away from in the past…Restore your spirit of creativity! I doubt it will take 5 weeks to read, but you can use the time to begin to implement the things you learn in this book, into your life for 5 weeks and many more!

4 days…

ENJOY A “STAY”CATION (or vacation) FOR A 4-DAY WEEKEND

Take Thursday and Friday off of work and spend the next four days in quiet, reflection or doing an activity that energizes you! If you stay home, vow to turn the TV off, take no phone calls and use no internet (unless they are related to your energizing activity).  Do something different each day, or utilize the time to do something you really enjoy each day of your relax time. 

Yes you do have the time to take time off! We become so stressed and pressed to work and move from one project to the next, that we sometimes forget that our spirits needs these regular intervals of down time to re-energize and…restore! Make time for relaxation as Spirit restores your personal peace and inspiration.

3 hours…

HAVE A NICE, HEALTHY WORKOUT…AND AN EVEN BETTER MEAL!

Go for a brisk walk, do yoga or for those with limited range or need low impact workout, practice basic stretching and breathing.  Engage in any of these activities for 30 minutes to an hour, then cook a healthy meal at home or treat yourself to a healthy option at a local restaurant.  Enjoy the moment of both activities.  Our bodies are a gift, and all of the work they do for us is a blessing.  Pay attention to how your body feels when you complete your workout and sit down for a delicious meal full of fresh, natural ingredients.

Use this feeling as motivation to give your body (and health) more love, more care and more of your intention.  Each day, challenge yourself to choose a healthier option over a less healthier one. Restore your health, for optimal living and more energy!

2 minutes…

DO A GRATITUDE ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT

Sometimes life gets rough, no doubt about it.  But a sure way to fall further into to despair is to continue to focus on what’s wrong or the things that aren’t working.  I often have to challenge myself to “stay above the line”…the “line” is that fine line between seeing what is, and thinking that what is, is the way it always will be.  It’s the line between feeling that this moment is rough, or thinking that life is just a series of hopeless challenges.  So to stay above the line of despair that inevitably creates more despair…take two minutes to restore your attitude with a “gratitudinous” meditation!

1. Immediately recognize the thoughts of despair present,
2. Take a deep breathe to stop the stream of thoughts and emotions,
3. Begin to think of everything you are currently grateful for or the things that are currently right in your life…
4. With each thought, sincerely say “thank you”.

1 moment…

SMILE AND TAKE A DEEP BREATHE

“Smile, breath and go slowly.” – Thich Naht Hanh

We do so much running around, doing, being, trying, working, creating, etc. etc. etc.  I sometimes wonder how many times a day that we really reside in the moment, aware of our bodies, of one another.   What I have come to realize is that a moment to smile, breathe and reset the tempo in which I’m doing something, does wonders for bringing my focus back to the moment. I believe, this can restore each and every moment of the day.  Try it…take a deep breathe in, let a smile spread across your face, hold it while you exhale, and then slowly return back to reading.

Smiling almost seems to be followed by an uncontrollable moment of relaxation when done fully and sincerely.  So take the advice of a wise man, smile and breathe to restore each and every moment.

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2 Responses

  1. I like the “stay-cation” idea! I should book one to get rid of the winter blues!

  2. Really powerful tools. Thanks for sharing! 😉

    Tonya

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