Amanda Robbins grew up in a small town in Michigan and has always been a mid-west kind of girl. She got her BA from Michigan State where she studied marketing in business. She then went on to get an MBA from San Diego State University where she studied business administration and marketing specialization. Amanda lives on a steady diet of soul food.
1. Honor your Emotions
Emotions are supposed to be honored in a healthy way. People need to find their point of gravity, where they gravitate to. This means finding that emotion that resonates with them. If it is a negative emotion like for example being busy all the time, then that person should swap it to being more productive all the time.
2. Schedule Time for Yourself
Most people tend to sacrifice their rituals and habits that make them their best because they are busy working. Setting aside time and making a date for yourself is the key to becoming your best. When a person is most relaxed then a part of their brain becomes more creative. Their thought process improves immensely. A good example is the shower thought where a person thinks a lot when they are in the shower. Taking personal dates is a beautiful way to explore different sides of one's self as well as seeking deep personal connection.
Meditation allows a person to truly slow down and savor each moment. It also allows more space for gratitude in a person's life. Practicing mediation enables a person to see things more clearly and see the whole picture. This brings control and prevents emotions from spinning out of control. There are various ways to do meditations like guided meditations and using Insight Timer. Meditation blocks negative emotions, releases stress and enables a person to radiate positive energy to the surrounding environment whether it is family or colleagues.
4. The Rocking Chair Test
This is whereby a person thinks of himself as being 80 years old and sitting on a rocking chair. He then looks back on his life and all of the things he will have accomplished and all the things he is grateful for. The test is whether the 80-year-old will be proud or disappointed at the decision the current self will do. Whenever a person has a dilemma or wants to make an important decision he just goes to the 80-year-old self and ask himself whether the old self will be proud of it or whether the 80-year-old self will be ashamed of it. If the 80-year-old will be proud then the decisions will stay but if he will be ashamed of it, then the decision will have to go.
5. Morning routine
When Amanda wakes up in the morning, she does her Monday morning pages where she writes pages from The Artist's Way. She then ends that practice by getting any doubts out of her system. She does this by writing the doubt down, crosses it and writes the exact opposite of the doubt. This gives her affirmation. Other times when she wakes up, she goes straight into meditation where she meditates for ten minutes. Sometimes she also runs to a workout class, does a breathing exercise, partly meditates with her husband and does a gratitude walk with him. Amanda's diet is also intuitive which a ritual to her is. She gives her body and mind what it really needs.
Amanda feels deeply fulfilled simply by being able to serve someone else. For Amanda being able to help someone else whether it is in business or in personal matters gets her going. Every time she touches another person's life, she lights up in joy.
The Voice of Gratitude: Celebrating the Gift of Friendship- Michelle Sorro
Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender- David. R. Hawkins
Morning Meditation - Jonathan Lehman
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