Be your own guru!

A photo by Greg Rakozy. having a new experience, every day, for 30 days boost creativity?

This is the question I wanted to find out when I set myself this challenge 30 days ago. Will I feel more insightful? Will ideas flow more freely? Will good things take place? Will the challenge improved my mental and emotional wellbeing? Will I feel happier? Will I gain more clarity?

Honestly… the answer to all of these questions is YES!

When I started this challenge, I’m not going to lie, there was an element of pressure that I felt in trying to find something new each day to experience.

But after a week in, when it came to picking something, I realised that new experiences were not hard to find, they happen every day without much effort at all, all you need is awareness.

Over the last 30 days, I do feel like I have become a lot more insightful, I’ve definitely learnt more about who I am.

I feel a lot more self aware, a lot more in tune with what has been holding me back, what I need to change ( in my mind ) to consciously grow in to a happier, more loving human being.

More than anything, this challenge has made me become more aware of how I am living. Becoming a witness to what’s happening in my day to day, rather than taking it for granted, has actually inspired me!

I’ve learnt that every day, every new experience can offer something positive, it all comes down to your mindset, how you choose to see the world, glass half empty or half full sort of thing, the choice is always ( and only ) yours.

So if you are feeling uncertain, unhappy, I highly recommend taking the simply action of becoming more aware of what you are experiencing in your day to day. Take some time to reflect at the end of each day ( meditation or journal writing is awesome for this! ).

Maybe start your own personal challenge for 7 days, and write down your thoughts and feelings and see what comes up, you might learn something new about yourself, that changes everything!

By becoming a witness to life, each new experience becomes a lesson that will teach you something about who you are.

Being mindful will help you grow, it will connect you with your unique being, the limitless love that you have within you, pure conscious awareness, your own inner guru! 🙂

Can having a new experience each day make you more creative?

lifestyle-19-of-104-copyLatest research is that new experiences boost creativity. They create more flexibility in the mind, which then stimulates more  of those ‘light bulb’ moments we crave!

To gain more creative insight in the mind, the scientific experts recommend doing any form of activity that allows the mind to wander freely. Activities like taking long walks, freestyle writing, listening to music, creative projects, yoga, meditation and even daydreaming ( something I did loads of when I was a kid ).

They also suggest to be more social, exercise, sit in a coffee shop, spend time outdoors and try something new! Sit outside a box ( literally ) and look for unexpected experiences!

Lately I’ve been procrastinating BIG TIME on my course work, due to a lack of ideas, and my health has been rubbish, which is why I feel a ’30 Day New Experience Challenge’ is exactly what I need to get the creative juices flowing again!

So what are the rules? For the next 30 days, I just need to experience a new experience every day.

I want to discover if stepping outside my comfort zone has any effect on my mental wellbeing?

Will good things take place, will more ideas flow, will my health improve, will I feel happier and gain more mental clarity?

Can having new experiences every day boost creativity? Watch this space in 30 days! 🙂

What’s at the top of your priority list if the world was to end today?

lifestyle-90-of-104-copyIf the apocalypse was forecast, how would you spend your last days on earth? This thought came to my mind last night, when watching a film called The Road.

If the things we put so much value on such as money, high tech gadgets, the internet, latest fashion and trends became obsolete, what would you value instead?

For me, the first thought that came to mind was relationships, friendships, family, all the people in my life who I have a conscious connection with. Conversations that bring me joy, make me laugh, feel supported and provide inspiration and growth.

Yesterday I caught up with a friend I hadn’t seen in over a year, like me he had quit his job to go travelling overseas and then returned to the unknown, wanting to start fresh. Speaking to his yesterday, I was captivated by his happiness.

He had taken a ballsy risk to believe in himself, start his own business as an Education Consultant and in astonishment to him, it had actually paid off! Within 6 months he had a business name, brand, website, swanky business card and happy paying clients. He was living his dream!

As I walked off, I felt an immense sense of joy, so grateful that he had reached out to me and we had crossed paths again. His enthusiasm and optimism was incredibly contagious! In just an hour, over a chai latte, he inspired me to not sit back and wait for things to happen, but to just believe in my ability and go for it, fake it till you make it sort of thing!

Connection with friends, sharing stories, sharing experiences, sharing emotions, sharing who we are, is what I value most. It’s the one thing that continually brings me happiness and feeds my conscious mind to evolve in to the greatest version of who I am.

Every conversation has a conscious effect on the body and mind, whether you notice it or not, which is why it’s so important to be aware of the people you are spending your precious time with. Are the conversations positive, loving, supportive, or are they negative, toxic and discouraging? Most importantly, when you are with another being, how do you feel?

Becoming aware of my own mood when I’m around people is also very important. Being in a good head space, feeling love for who I am, being excited about life, creates a conscious flow of positive energy as soon as eye contact, words and hugs are exchanged.

Honestly, I used to prefer being on my own, but now that I’m aware that being with others is what nurtures my conscious growth most, I’ve made simple changes.

In the past few months, I’ve allowed myself to be open to new relationships, I’ve engaged more with strangers, accepted new Facebook friends requests, said yes to extra coffee catch ups, and then I’ve sat back and watched the joy within me expand!

My theory is that if the world was to end, spending time with those that lift you up, make you feel love, be love, costs nothing. It’s the greatest free gift we have as a species, conscious connection, yet so often we take it for granted and forget its priceless value in every precious moment we have.

Having now a fresh awareness of what I value most, connection, friendship, relationships, means it just got moved to the top of my priority list!

Unsure what you value most? As yourself this…

What’s at the top of my priority list if the world was to end? And… is this something I can start making time for today? The answer is Yes.