Routines can quickly become mundane without the right motivating drive. Positive energy—described as “the anticipation of good”—will fill your day with inspiration and enthusiasm. It will help make your to-do list feel less taxing and your daily routine feel refreshing.
But where do you find this rejuvenating energy? How do you discover this light? It comes from regularly engaging in spiritual practices. Let’s talk about how to invite this positive energy in.
Develop a grateful mindset.
Simply start with your thoughts. Your thoughts determine your actions—and your routine is filled with daily decisions about how you act. If a thought pops into your head that invites negative energy, reframe it. Focus on something else that invites light. Look around and name three things you are thankful for. You hold within you the power to determine what fills your mind.
Creating a grateful mindset will alter your perspective about everything around you, inviting light into your life regularly. “The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery” (Thrive Global: Activating the Power of Gratitude). Gratitude not only invites positive energy into your life but adds many other health benefits as well.
All spiritual habits require consistency to gain the benefits of these wellness practices. Developing a grateful mindset is no different. Find a way to incorporate thankfulness into your daily routine. Write down a bullet list of ways you felt God’s love at the end of the day. Start your day with a personal gratitude mantra. Take a 5-minute break at work for a breathing exercise, while reflecting on little miracles you have seen throughout your day. Make time for gratitude.
Eliminate negative influences.
But where to start? There is a lot of negativity in this world. The answer will surprise you—start with you. To find motivation for changing or eliminating negativity, you need to understand that you are worth it. Cutting off ties with toxic people or habits won’t be easy. But you are loved and you are valued. And you are worth the work. Dig deep and strengthen your self-respect.
Ok, it’s time to evaluate. Take a hard look at your media use—a major negative influence in this constantly plugged-in society. How much time do you spend on social media? And is it quality time creating connections or mindless scrolling? Do you feel better after a media break? All of us can tweak our social media usage to invite greater positivity into life. This may look like unfollowing certain individuals or taking a week off to enjoy in-person connections and nature’s beauty to a greater extent. Make a media change to enjoy greater spiritual light and positive energy.
You may have relationships in your life that need to be tweaked as well. Is there an individual who never keeps boundaries or who constantly disrespects you? Can you think of someone who is dishonest or controlling? These are examples of toxic relationships and can quickly damage your soul. Contemplate how you can stand up for yourself and cut ties or change this relationship. Your outward connections should bring light into your life.
Never forget why you’re going through the uncomfortable process of eliminating negativity: you deserve it. Hold tight to your spiritual identity and enjoy the feelings of peace and joy that accompany positive energy.
Create spiritual habits.
These plans to make powerful changes will certainly invite in light. But make room for daily positive energy by creating regular spiritual habits. American politician and diplomat Colin Powell shared this insight: “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception; it is a prevailing attitude.”
The desire for positive energy in your routine can be attained by small and simple changes in your spirituality. Identify one way you connect with God and dedicate yourself to do it every day. Five minutes every day will change your life more than an hour spiritual rejuvenation session just on the weekends. Find a spiritual practice that you most enjoy so you can stick to it.
Skylight’s app offers numerous 3-5 minutes spiritual exercises to get you started. Keep seeking that positive energy you desire. Invite greater light and renewing energy into your life as you focus on your spiritual health. Remember: you are worth it.