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[THREAD]: How to Live a Wholehearted Life

Many of you need to let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are.

Here are 10 research backed guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living–a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.
1.) Cultivate Authenticity = Let Go of What Others Think

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they’ll be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. Be who you are!
2.) Cultivate Self Compassion

It’s tough to be ‘enough’ when you’re always comparing yourself to everyone else’s perfect life depicted on Facebook.

You are going to fail, make mistakes and disappoint others. Everyone does.

Healthy striving > Perfectionism
3.) Cultivate a Resilient Spirit

Hopeful self-talk sounds more like, "This is tough, but I can do it."

Get comfortable with discomfort. Learn to develop grit. Practice your definition of spirituality in a way that inspires you.
4.) Cultivate Gratitude & Joy

We spend most of the hrs & the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of.

Slow down. Start a gratitude journal. Stop long enough to be grateful for life’s ordinary moments that bring you joy.
5.) Cultivate Intuition & Trusting Faith

What silences our intuitive voice is our need for certainty. Most of us are not very good at not knowing.

Let go of the need for certainty. Take responsibility for your decisions. Trust your intuition. Believe things will work out.
6.) Cultivate Creativity

The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of our creativity. If we want to make meaning, we need to make art.

Art is what we’re doing when we do our best work.

If you’re comparing, chances are you aren’t creating.
7.) Cultivate Play and Rest

We are a nation of exhausted and over-stressed adults raising over-scheduled children.

We have to become intentional about cultivating sleep and play, and about letting go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth.
8.) Cultivate Calm & Stillness

Commit to a way of living where anxiety is a reality but not a lifestyle. Cultive calm & stillness in your life.

Start w/ deep breaths. Whether you meditate, pray or something else, you need to build quiet reflection and alone time into your life
9.) Cultivate Meaningful Work

Self doubt undermines the process of finding our gifts and sharing them with the world.

What does meaningful work mean to you? What inspires you? Carve out time to think deeply about these questions. Then carve out time to work on those things.
10.) Cultivate Laughter, Song and Dance

Laughter, song and dance create emotional and spiritual connection; they remind us of the one thing that truly matters when we are searching for comfort, celebration, inspiration, or healing: We are not alone.
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