When the alarm clock rings in the morning, get up immediately, with a smile on your face. Don’t give into the desire to stay some more minutes in bed. Don’t listen to your mind, which will probably persuade you to stay in bed a little longer, because it is too early. The feeling of pleasure and power you gain by getting immediately is greater that the pleasure of staying in bed. Get up, wash, change your clothes and sit for meditation for about twenty minutes, using any meditation technique that you know.
We are not describing how to handle each and every action and situation during the day, as every individual has a different life and schedule. However, we are giving some general examples and hints to help you design your own day. By these, you can create and enjoy a beautiful, satisfying and wonderful day. You can do so, by making small changes in your daily life. Your preparations have to start the night before. Sit down on your bed before lying down to sleep, and tell yourself that tomorrow morning you are going to wake one hour earlier than usual.
Waking up earlier, gives you more time in the morning. So why not enjoy a nourishing and tasty breakfast? Prepare something you like, something that you usually do not have the time to prepare in the morning. You have got the time today.
Endeavour to be aware of what you are doing throughout the day. When you eat, for example, pay attention to your food, and don’t read the newspaper or watch the television at the same time. If you do so, you will enjoy your food much more. In the same way try to focus your attention on your other activities. Concentrating on what you are doing helps you do it better and more efficiently.
Remember to smile more often during the day. It is important that the smile is not an artificial, but that it comes from inside you. Smiling makes you and other people feel happier.
Expect the best and do your best.
Be patient and tolerant toward others.
While driving your vehicle, decide to be kind and tolerant toward the other drivers. Stop at street crossings to let the pedestrians cross the street. Be courteous and considerate on the road. This behaviour will make you and the other drivers and pedestrians feel good and safe.
A good morning with a smile has a great influence on everyone. Greet the people who work with you, even if you have never done so before. Coming to work with a strong intention to have a great day, and handling everything in a positive and decisive manner, will have its influence upon the people whom you come in contact with. This will help you to broadcast peace, goodwill and happiness.
Do your best to be nice and polite today, to your family, colleagues, friends and to anyone else you meet today. It is all a matter of inner attitude and choice. Exercise your power to choose a polite and considerate attitude.
Make a decision that during this special day you are going to handle everything in a cool and calm way. If you need to meet someone or do something that usually makes you feel nervous or irritated, have a talk with yourself beforehand. Tell yourself that you are going to stay calm and relaxed, and that you are going to handle everything in the best way.
In this special day act unhurriedly. Do your best to stay relaxed. Remind yourself often that it is your beautiful, wonderful day. Invite into your mind thoughts and feelings of happiness, satisfaction and competence. Imagine scenes and events from your past experiences, when you felt good and happy. When back home from work, what about a flower, a book, or some other small gift to your spouse and children? You have tried all day to be kind to other people and stay positive. Do this at home too. Devote some quality time to your family.
During this special day, make also some special effort to use your time more efficiently. Do not watch too much TV, and shorten the time that you read the newspaper. It is better to use this time to read something inspiring that will help you to improve your life, or devote a few minutes to meditation in the afternoon or evening.
Don’t forget to devote sometime for yourself. Till now, we have talked about meditation, but do also something that you love, such as reading a book, writing, devoting sometime to your hobby, gardening, walking or any other physical exercises.
The above are suggestions to show you what you can do. You can adapt these hints to your specific situation. Try to live one wonderful day. Then enjoy another day like it. If you continue, this will become a habit. Remember that today is a special and wonderful day. It is different from the other days.