Assessment of lifestyle comes next. This results in changing bad habits to more life-giving
modes of living. This may mean changing nutritional habits; omitting harmful practices
such as substance abuse, smoking, or drinking; reading self-help materials instead
of newspapers or magazines; avoiding negative people; listening to positive, nurturing
music; or watching inspiring movies instead of watching TV.
We create a better life by opening the mind to greater possibilities and thinking
out-of-the-box. Learning to consciously control emotions, thoughts, words, and deeds
puts us closer to freedom. The next step is to dispel illusions that no longer serve
us, such as ill health, limitation, etc. It is vital to take responsibility for what
happens in our life, instead of blaming others. It’s also important to stop trying
to control other people.
The reality of our true nature as spiritual beings, having a human experience, often
takes time to recognize. We achieve greater things by focusing on positivity and
gratefulness. Focusing on spiritual growth through journaling; affirmations; meditation;
prayer; gratefulness; spiritual classes; volunteer work; and blessing others helps
a great deal.