Last night I was at a talk by Gabrielle Bernstein, spiritual speaker and author and she said something I’ve heard from her before that I love, “When people say they don’t have time to meditate, I ask them, Do you have time to feel like shit?” LOL! I completely agree and I wanted to share my thoughts, experiences and 5 tips to help you to feel the opposite of shit.

I have had two very powerful “awakenings” in the last five years that engrained a feeling inside of me. That feeling is, I don’t have time to feel like shit.

The first awakening was about 5 1/2 years ago. I was looking at myself in the mirror of the Roosevelt Hotel bathroom at about 3am and had been doing drugs and drinking all night. I starred into my own eyes and a voice came inside my head so strongly, powerfully and loud that said this message, “you don’t have time for this.” “you are meant for more,” “you have a purpose to fulfill in this world and you can’t fulfill it wasting your time like this.” I immediately went home, gasp- ending the after party. That night was the last night I did drugs and it was the last night I binge drank and it was an awakening towards a life that was focused on feeling good.

The second awakening was when my beautiful Momma got diagnosed with lung cancer last year, two weeks after our wedding, with no signs or symptoms prior. It was a shock to say the least and watching her go through that illness was the hardest thing I have ever witnessed. I don’t think people understand the magnitude of disease, sickness, and cancer until you experience it first hand or see it closely. To see her body and mind deteriorating from the chemo and cancer and seeing how awful it was to be so sick, made me vow to do everything I could, in my power, to feel well from that moment on. I received these message through the lesson of my Moms death that said this- “When you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything,” “Do everything you can to be well,” “Focus on optimal health and feeling good,” “Help and teach others ways to be happy and well so that maybe you will help someone avoid illness and help people feel better,” “Share your story so that other people realize how important their health is,” “Love other people and give to others and love yourself because our time is very limited.”

This is my life’s purpose and my soul mission now. To be happy and well and to help others be happy and well.

Dr. Frank Lipman talks about how most people are living at half capacity, meaning low percentages of optimal health, that they accept as normal or part of the aging process, but it doesn’t have to be that way. He says,” Rates of obesity, heart disease, cancer, and other diseases have skyrocketed in the past 50 years. We’re seeing more autoimmune disease like chronic fatigue and hypothyroidism – we’re even seeing these problems in kids. This is because we don’t have a health-care system in the U.S. but a disease-care system. We treat diseases – we don’t prevent them. Traditional doctors aren’t trained in diet, supplements, exercise, meditation, and the other therapies you need to stay healthy.”

Through my struggles and desire for change, I found my purpose and have since been on a journey of continuously looking for and finding tools, teachings, knowledge, and education to live with higher levels of optimal health and share it with my family and others. I spend so much of my time studying and teaching yoga and meditation, practicing yoga and meditation, reading 3+ books a week, listening to talks, watching documentaries, and learning everything I can so that I can be the best version of myself and help others to do the same because I don’t have time to feel like shit anymore.

Here are 5 tools I do that have raised my levels of health and happiness:

  1. Create a Daily Spiritual Practice– No matter what it is, if it is yoga, a gratitude journal, time alone in silence, a walk or run, meditation, kirtan, lighting intention candles, whatever it is, create something where you daily connect to your soul.
  2. Trust in the Universe- Trust that you came to this planet for a reason and you are here for a reason and you are not alone. Everyone is going through exactly what you are going through and the universe has got your back! Stop relying on your own strength and ask for help and release control. Each living being is a miracle and there are so many more miracles available to all of us if we just trust and surrender.
  3. Increase Your Awareness- Become more mindful of what you are doing. What are you eating, who are you hanging out with, where is your energy going, what are you thinking about and how are you speaking to yourself, are you taking time to truly care for yourself and your health? Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of Awareness and yoga and meditation can help in amazing ways to make you more conscious and mindful and the more aware you are the less shit you will allow.
  4. Decide to Be Happy– Choose happiness now. Today. Stop allowing the shit to rule your life or find ways to bring more happiness into your life in areas it may be lacking. If there is something that is not working change your perspective or work to change your situation. You are not stuck, there is a way through every block. If you are reading this you have the capability to choose happiness over and over again
  5. Meditate– Meditation has been the one thing that has helped me the most to feel the opposite of shit. Meditation clears our minds of thoughts that build up in the subconscious and unconscious mind and it makes way for awareness, happiness, creative energy, and love. It allows less fear and more love to be present, and that is the key to feeling amazing.

Let me know what tools you have used to increase your levels of health and happiness and any questions or comments you have below!