I’ve decided to begin this 40 day challenge because I realized that, even though my mind was already resonating with what my soul wants, my body still holds inertia from the past, and day after day, I find myself slipping into old patterns and my comfort zone.
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Also, in my life I have suffered three depressions, and I have always had an incline to states of sadness and aloneness. And, as a psychologist, I am used to dealing with emotional pain and sadness, even though I have already realized that to help people change and improve themselves and their lives, it is no longer necessary to engage in years of deep trauma and shadow work. Everything is lighter and quicker now.
But change occurs when your vibration is high, and I am determined to make change happen for me. So this is why I was inspired to begin this challenge, which will, for 40 days, engage me in concentrating on positive emotions that uplift. And I want to share with you.
The reason I chose this amount of time is because, in numerology, 40 symbolizes a change in patterns, a change in structure. Practicing something for 4 days will make it turn into a habit.
So if you wish to hop on this band wagon, please do so, and you’re more than welcome to share this and even to adapt it to you. The more people that do it, the stronger the intentional community, and so it will be more effective for all.
There are no set rules, but my suggestion is to implement each day one of these actions or habits that I’m proposing. It really doesn’t matter when you start or in what order you do this. I just hope you enjoy it and it makes your life a wee bit better. <3
The 40 steps
#1 – Laugh like a child. Try to laugh wholeheartedly at least once a day, and when you do, remember the rest of the day that you did!
#2 – Give thanks for the new day. Be thankful for each new day, no matter how cloudy, rainy or gloomy. There is always a reason to celebrate life.
#3 – Listen to uplifting music. At least once a day, stop what you’re doing and listen to a song that brightens your day and lifts you up.
#4 - Admire the detailed beauty of plants. Plants can connect us to the Universe and the Earth, thanks to the intricate patterns they hold, with fractal geometry and the golden ratio. Stop for a moment and mindfully connect with a plant, and observe its details.
#5 - Acknowledge your fears, thank them for having helped you, and tell them you don't need them anymore because you allready know who you are and what you want. A normal part of the process of lifting your vibration and opening up to the new is having old emotions and fears come up. This is because the higher vibration shifts and dislodges older more dense ones. The old has to come up to the surface and be acknowledged before being able to release it, making space for the new.
#6 - Get moving! Dance, jump or run. Do something that helps release pent up energies. There should always be a balance between energies we receive and energies we express. You have to let go of old energies.
#7 - Absorbe and be sunlight. Open the window or step outside and absorb the sunligh. Breath it in, feel it on your skin, as if you were a flower. Become the sunlight, and say, "I am the light, I am the Sun".
#8 - Let go of the past. Consiciously or unconsciusly we are loyal to past stories, contracts or patterns. But anything old holds a much lower vibration than that which is new. So much so, that the vibration we hold won't let us align with the expansion that connects us with our soul's dreams and desires. Say, and feel it in your body, "I release all past contracts and memories". And remember, everything is perfect as is.
#9 - Wish others a good day, wether you know them well or not. Be the one that strarts to spread joy and love around you., just bu wishing others a nice day. This can be very contagious! And if you start, who knows, maybe soon everyone will want to feel the connection and the love of sharing a smile and a good wish.
#10 - Enjoy a sunrise. At least once or twice a month go out into nature and enjoy a sunrise. Watching the sun come out connects you to the rhythms of Nature and to the magic of life, as well as to joy and happinness.
#11 - Ride a bike. Nothing gets your endorphines up like riding a bike! Cycling makes you feel free, makes you feel like a child again and connects you with your bike buddies in a very special way.
#12 - Help someone out. Lend a hand, help someone in need. Empathy correlates with happiness! The idea is to be in tune with and connected to the world and the people around you. Life is not all about you, and when you open up and become aware of others and what is happening to them, you start to understand that, even with tiny details, youcan make a difference for someone else.
#13 - Chant Om or hum a song. Om is the Universal sound, and chanting it -or just humming will also do- creates a vibration in your body which allows you to feel connected to life, others and the Universe. Om is the source of creation, it encompasses all time periods, past, present and future, it is eternal oneness of mind, body and soul, and it represents the whole Universe. https://m.wikihow.com/Chant-Om
#14 - Be mindful of what you eat. You are what you eat. The energy of everything you intake affects your body, and this in turn affects what you think, which determines how you feel. So be very mindful of the things you eat and the environment you eat in, how you are feeling when you prepare your meal, where the products come from, what process did they go through, and observe how this makes you feel.
#15 - Be kind & gentle to yourself. When you are angry at yourself, when you speak badly at yourself, when your inner judge criticizes you and belittles you, when you hate yourself..., Speak back kindly you yourself. Comfort your inner child, tell him that you love him, that you will always be there and you will not abandone him. When you are loving and kind to yourself, the love will spread out into the world, and peole will give love back to you. And Life and the Universe will reward you twofold with happiness and joy!
#16 - Listen to the sounds of Nature. Listen mindfully to the sounds of Nature. Listen to the wind, the waves, a river, the leaves on a tree... Let yourself go and expand with the flow of Life and the cycles of Nature. Wind is there to teach us how to let go and trust.
#17 - Clean and clear your space. Cleaning helps raise the vibration of your space. Order clears blockages, so it's easier to direct your energy. And cleaning makes space for new things in your life.
#18 - Go hygge. The Danes have a way of life that values making a beautiful and comfortable home, in which to rest and read, or share good moments with family or friends. Go hygge: create mindfully a space in your home for gathering and sharing with friends and family, or just simply for reading next to others. This is why the Danes are the happiest people in the planet.
#19 - When your head starts to spin with worry and doubts, stop and asked yourself what are you feeling in your body. Thoughts spinning round are the egoic mind. Ego is when we disconnect from our body and heart. Worrying and doubting is Ego. There's a lot of new energy coming in to the planet, and sometimes it's hard on the body to feel such intensity. But the key is to focus your attention on your body and what you are feeling. And once you name the feeling, you can intend it to shift and let it go
My name is Guiomar Ramírez-Montesinos. I am a psychologist, astrologer and transformational coach. I consider myself to be a change agent.