In times like these, it’s more important than ever to consciously lift our spirits, raise our vibration, and find peace amid the chaos. After all, we can only contribute to the world in positive ways if we ourselves don’t fall into despair.
Here are eight SIMPLE ways to brighten your mood, lighten your outlook, and quickly reconnect with Who You Really Are, a soul who came here to bring Light to the world.
You can practice these techniques anywhere: while sitting on a bus, in traffic, at the gym, or wherever you find yourself with a few extra moments to spare. Try one today, and let me know how it goes!
1. Send blessings to strangers.
This is my favorite, and something I like to do while I’m driving. I’ll look out at the sea of cars and mentally bless all the people in them, choosing to seem them all as worthy souls on a difficult human journey. I sweep my eyes from car to car—or from person to person in a crowd—and say, in my mind, Bless you, bless you, bless you. It immediately lifts my mood and makes me feel great. Plus it makes driving SO much more enjoyable!
2. Pray for someone else.
This is a great one for when we’re feeling low for whatever reason, especially when life feels kind of crummy. Just think of someone who is having a tough time—whether it’s a friend who is sick or struggling, a group of total strangers halfway across the world, or the people in the accident that’s holding up traffic—and say a prayer for their well being, or safety, or healing. Not only does this help them on an energetic level, but it will also lift your spirits by connecting you with your soul’s essential nature of generosity and Oneness with others.
3. Do a small, kind thing.
It’s cliché, but it’s true: little acts of kindness can make all the difference. Whether it’s holding the door for someone, paying for a stranger’s coffee, donating to a good cause, or just making eye contact and offering a real smile, one small gesture can turn the whole day around both for you and for someone else.
Right around the time the travel ban was first announced, I happened to cross paths with a young, hijab-wearing Muslim mother in the produce section at Trader Joe’s. She had the most beautiful little boy, sitting quietly in his stroller, and I told her so. For a moment afterward, she and I just held each other’s gaze and smiled. It was a tiny thing, but it moved me deeply and lifted my spirits. I hope it did the same for her.
4. Make a gratitude list.
Another cliché, but so powerful. You don’t even have to write anything down. Just mentally list ten things you’re grateful for. Halfway through, your mood will start to lift. That’s because gratitude is a higher state of consciousness, and automatically shifts you into a more soul-based perspective, which is a happier place to be.
5. Make your list longer.
Stuck in the line at CostCo or at the DMV? Return to your gratitude list, but this time go beyond the usual suspects. See how long you can make it. The more things you start to add, the more you’ll start to appreciate just how many things we have to be thankful for. Clean water. Shoes. Sunshine. Glasses. A phone. Dry socks. A working heart. A working mind. As you add to your list, notice what happens to your mood and your state of mind.
6. Practice being grateful for something hard.
Hardships, as we all know, can contain hidden gifts, and once we begin to really see that, our lives are transformed. Want to really lift your spirits? Think of something difficult in your life or in the world, and say a little thank you for it. You don’t have to mean it, or like that thing, or agree that it’s good on a human level. All you have to do, in saying your inner thank you, is open yourself up to the possibility that there is more going on than meets the eye. The Universe will rejoice, and you will feel a major bump in your energy.
7. Find some beauty.
Was that last one too tough? Then try this one. Just look for something beautiful around you and take a moment to truly acknowledge it. A child’s face, a leafy tree, a cloud, a piece of music, anything will work. Stop, breathe it in, and feel the elevation in your mood and spirit.
8. Say “Hi” to the Divine.
Just like they say in AA, your Higher Power can be whatever you feel comfortable with. Whether it’s nature, the Universe, Spirit Guides, or God, there’s something out there supporting us, and when we acknowledge that, when we reach out in greeting to the Divine around and within us, something amazing happens. We start to feel warmer inside, and less alone, and we may start to perceive a subtle sense of magic or meaning growing day by day. This might take time, and it’s different for everyone, but I strongly encourage you to say “hi” to the Divine as you conceptualize it, and see what happens.
If you try any of these, please leave a comment and let me know how it went! I’d LOVE to hear!
And if you’re needing more help, looking for personalized spiritual support, or just want to receive helpful, loving messages from your Guides, consider booking an intuitive reading session with me! I’d love to connect with you and assist you on your journey!
Much LOVE to you,