How to avoid a toxic life

“Give your stress wings and let it fly away.” ~ Terri Guillemets

“I’m toxic!” has become the most popular rant of people in this day and age. One day, four years ago, I came to a point and said —  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I got exhausted catching up on a lot of things. Multitasking had taken over my life. I needed to start with a clean slate so I went  back to the basics. I got rid of my cellphone, stopped shopping, reorganized my priorities and simplified my life. Today, I’m loving every bit of my freedom. I have more time for the things I love to do and I feel happier and more at peace with myself and the world.

I want to share with you the last two pages of a book I read. The list has helped me much in my quest to detox my life.

Principles of Being Stress-Free

  • Take up only as much responsibility as you can manage comfortably. In other words don’t just live for responsibilities; live for life.
  • Find ways and means to express your internal conflicts.
  • Understand your priorities. You are first a human being, then a corporate head, parent  or anything else.
  • Never underestimate other people.
  • Spend at least an hour everyday on non-productive activities like gardening, playing with kids, poetry or a form of social service like serving food to the poor, etc.
  • If you are upset with someone, bring it up the next day. Then you will discuss the issue amicably and not express your anger.
  • Understand that you are destroying your peace when you allow yourself to get upset because of someone else’s fault. If it is his fault, why are you upset?
  • Don’t ever be dependent on anyone for your happiness: you be the source of your happiness.
  • Respect the unknown. Don’t try to be the unknown.
  • Live every moment. Don’t let the moment live you.
  • Don’t run after desire. Fulfill your needs if you want to be happy.
  • Learn the art of forgiveness. Those who forgive are always happier because they don’t carry stress.
  • Learn to live from moment-to-moment.
  • Don’t live in the past or the future. It is painful.
  • Bring in some basic discipline in life. Avoid indulgence.
  • Know that you are not living for the sake of it. You have come here for a purpose and should strive towards its end.
  • Know the main purpose of life.
  • Don’t be afraid of being harmed if you have not harmed people. Avoid harming others.
  • Seek freedom in life — at all levels.
  • Spare aside some time for prayer.
  • Accept changes, otherwise anything constant starts smelling bad.
  • Grow at every stage in life because life is growth. A seed must grow into a plant and then into a tree. Grow at every point.
  • Keep good company. Talk nonsense sometimes — with your friends.
  • Never underestimate the importance of some form of physical fitness activity.
  • Once in a while, go on a long holiday, somewhere close to nature.
from the book Yoga For Stress Relief by Bharat Thakur.
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