Does that ring any bells with you? It’s a song from the eighties that I heard on the radio just as I was thinking about this tag from Cardin at Optimist Lab. It was an interesting synchronicity because I was thinking about how I used songs, (well, actually often just a snippet from a song) to consciously lift my energy quite regularly.
The point of this game is to describe five ways in which we raise our energy vibrations. This is a fun project to be part of, and as fun is one of my core values, I was delighted to be asked to play.
5 things I do to raise my vibrations:
As I was saying before, I sing – out loud, eventhough I’d put the crows out of business – bits of songs that feel appropriate in the moment to help me feel better. I have specific favourites that I always use in situations that arise regularly (“Everything’s gonna be alright” when I catch myself worrying about how something is going to turn out; “I feel good, da-na-na-na-na-na, I knew that I would now” when kayaking down a white water rapid), but lately my favourite for generally raising my vibration is Take That’s recent single “Shine”. The lyrics and music are so uplifting to me that I posted them on my blog a couple of months ago, along with a link to the video on U-tube.
I play with my cat. Cats are a glorious source of fun and amusement. When I play with Riley (when choosing a name I looked up “prosperity” in the thesaurus and got “life of Riley”) not only do I have a lot of fun, but I’m brought right back into the present and forget about whatever thoughts, concerns or distractions that were consuming my attention beforehand. Just discovering Riley’s latest choice of hidey-hole is enough to make me laugh out loud – and you can’t get a better vibration-raiser than that!
I use affirmations. I have them posted all over the house so that I can’t help but come across them as I go about my day. They help me to lift my vibrations by reminding me to be grateful and to trust that all is well.
I give in to what wants to happen now instead. If I’m struggling with something I let myself off the hook – temporarily at least. I put it aside and ask what would I rather do instead. And then I give myself permission to do that (and it's usually something fun!). Afterwards I often feel inspired to do what I was earlier resisting and come back to it with renewed energy and enthusiasm.
I set intentions and meditate. I've done this on an ad hoc basis for a couple of years now, but over the course of the past month it has become my morning ritual. I write out a page of intentions and then meditate for fifteen minutes. Throughout the day I try to keep my focus on how I’d like things to be. When I catch myself in the act of worrying, I stop giving energy to the thought that was bothering me, focus instead on how I’d like things to be and recite an appropriate affirmation. Then probably sing “Everything’s gonna be alright…”
Ok, now it’s time to tag others to play along. This is how to play:
1. Write a new post about your five favorite tricks for “Raising Your Vibes”.
2. Link back to OptimistLab and the person who tagged you at the top of your post.
3. Give your attention to five (or more if you want) deserving bloggers by picking one high-quality post by each blogger.
4. Tag these bloggers by going to high Vibe it, (a news sharing site, I’ll explain more about it farther down), and submiting your “Raising Your Vibes” post and the five posts you picked.
5. Tell each blogger you picked that they’ve been tagged either through email or by leaving a comment.