We all aspire to those who seem to live in a 'carefree' state of bliss. But with a little effort, there are simple methods that we can practise to take the fundamental steps towards holistic carefree living. Our resident Ayurvedic Physician shares some of those ideas with us
To be carefree is to be free of care! Being carefree is to be happy and relaxed and is the opposite of being stressed out. Carefree is not the same thing as careless.
The cycle of life is full of uncertainties and it will remain that way because we never know what is next. Many of us don’t take advantage of this and try to prevent the inevitable. Sure, you can plan strategically, but life tends to take its own course. Make the concerted effort to stop worrying about living up to the expectation and create your own life and embrace the uncertain.
Here are eight vital steps towards holistic carefree living.
Recognising oneself not as a mere body but as a perfect combination of physical body, mind and consciousness/spirit is the initial step towards the spiritual journey of life.
Body and mind work as the external ego self and the consciousness is the pure self that permeates through the body-mind system and connects to the universal consciousness. This self-awareness strengthens the core and brings about fulfilment, peace and joy. Meditation is the key to unlock this state of being!
Harness positive affirmations
Start your day with positive affirmations and keep reminding yourself of them at regular intervals throughout the day. Affirmations are basically a form of auto-suggestion and when practiced deliberately and repeatedly, they reinforce chemical pathways in the brain, strengthening neural connections. Read the book You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay.
“I feel joy and contentment in this moment right now.”
“I am grateful for this moment and find joy in it.”
“Even when there is chaos around me, I remain calm and centred.”
Most importantly, have an affirmation every night before retiring to bed.
The secret to a stress-free state of being is to exercise the breath. Pranayama as a part of Yoga practice is a method that focuses on breathing involving three cycles-take a deep breath, hold the breath, then release it. Don’t forget to breathe deep whenever and wherever you feel fidgety and stressed.
Ask vital questions
Each day, take a moment to sit in silence ask yourself these fundamental questions. Don’t expect an answer straightaway.
-Who am I?
-What is my purpose being here?
Learn to unlearn
Reduce the burden of knowing. Unlearn!
So what is unlearning? It is to let go of the things that you have learned. Example: take a cup. Learning represents filling up the cup and unlearning would represent emptying the cup. You empty the cup and fill it up again. You might empty the cup of water and fill it up with a nice nutrient loaded smoothie. Same cup, different drink. Continue the loop.
Unlearning is about moving away from something. Letting go, rather than acquiring. It’s like stripping old paint. It lays the foundation for the new layer of fresh learning to be acquired and to stick.
Since change is the only constant you can truly rely upon, learning to navigate and adapt to it is not just important to your survival, it’s essential for you to thrive in the bigger game of life. Unlearning (and then learning something new) will keep you innovative, relevant and valuable.
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”, Alvin Toffler.
Break free from compulsive and addictive patterns. Compulsions also often go hand in hand with anxiety and depression. The excitement of gambling, the comfort of eating, the high of the purchase all temporarily drown out feelings of sadness and worry. But, of course as soon as the moment is over that bad feeling returns and so does the urge to repeat the soothing behaviour. Addiction is not about our brains being “hijacked” by drugs or experiences. It’s about learned patterns of behaviour. Our inability to understand this leads to no end of absurdities. Think about what’s driving the behaviour. Try to interrupt or at least postpone the behaviour.
Keep body and mind fit
Regular, natural physical activities like walking, running, dancing, cycling, swimming along with good sense of humour and good laughter help to keep us fit and energetic.
You are what you eat! So ensure a back to basics healthy cooking and eating patterns keeping various fresh, seasonal produce that are bursting with nutritional and more importantly eat mindfully with full involvement.
Release the accrued physical, chemical and emotional toxins out of your system frequently with regular massage, exfoliation and reflexology.
Listen to your gut feeling
Many of us have forgotten how to listen to our intuition. We have to relearn how to listen and respond. As children, we listened to our gut feeling as but as we grew older many of us forgot how. Listen to your intuition instead of brushing it aside. Your intuition may not always steer you right, but it can be a useful first step in decision-making.
Step away from the situation, be honest with yourself and acknowledge those unsettled feelings; they are there to guide and support you. Listen to them. Pause and reflect on the message your intuition sent you and follow it, you will never go wrong!