Just as a cello will envelop you in sweet melodies when it is properly tuned and played with love and confidence, the same harmony can be enjoyed in life if you lead a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, exercise, and mindfulness. Read on for our best advice on how to awaken your highest self and have a healthier body, mind, and spirit.

You Are What You Eat

When our vibrations are low, we often turn to “comfort foods,” but the irony is that most of these so-called foods of comfort, while perhaps initially pleasant to the palate, will have a net-negative effect on our emotional healing. Your body will feel sluggish and your emotions will feel drained.

On the other hand, think of how great you feel when you do a cleanse or go a few days eating fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and drinking lots of water. When you adopt this way of eating and are mindful of what you put into your body, you are living in harmony with your highest self.

Some things to include in your healthy eating routine:

  • Incorporate superfoods (kale and avocado are two great examples)
  • Purchase locally-grown foods and know where your food comes from
  • Don’t diet—change your way of eating on a fundamental level
  • Try out being a vegan or vegetarian; it’s good for you and good for the planet
  • Avoid processed foods and MSG
  • Avoid GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)
  • Enjoy oils such as olive, avocado, and coconut that are rich in unsaturated fats (the healthy kind of fat)
  • Eat smaller meals more often throughout the day
  • Avoid sugary drinks

Don’t forget to drink the proper amount of water each day. Dehydration can manifest itself as hunger, so you end up consuming unneeded calories when what you really need is more fluids.

Move More, Eat Less

A foolproof way to maintain your weight and keep your physical and emotional well-being vibrating at optimum levels is to stay active. Thirty minutes of moderate exercise each day will greatly improve your strength and stamina, and if partnered with mindful meditation it can keep your brain free from clutter.

For example, just three 10-minute walks throughout the day can help keep you physically fit and emotionally strong. Also, you can easily incorporate more activity into your day by:

  • Using an exercise ball as a chair at your desk, or use a standing desk
  • Use the stairs instead of elevators or escalators
  • Park in the furthest parking spot to incorporate more steps
  • Walk or bike instead of driving whenever possible

Embrace Gratitude

Most of us have found ourselves in a downward spiral of negativity. A nearly perfect lifeline to pull yourself out of the pity party and approach your higher self is gratitude: 99% of the time, you will find that your life is not as bad as you are currently viewing it.

A great way to start a practice of gratitude is to start a gratitude journal. Each morning when you wake, write down 5 things you are grateful for or are looking forward to. Each evening, write down 5 things that happened to you that day for which you are grateful. Keep a small journal close at hand so when you feel the negative vibrations taking hold, you can keep them at bay by remembering the beautiful things that surround you.

Resistance Persistence

One of the most important steps on your way to becoming your highest self is to let things go; in other words, practice acceptance. Some people and situations are never going to change, and if you continue to fight against that, you are just wasting energy on this resistance persistence.

When you change your mindset about things in the past, you will feel lighter and your vibrations will rise almost immediately. You do not necessarily have to forgive or forget—you just need to change your mindset about how you feel.

Live in the now. Focus on and enjoy what is happening in the present. Agonizing over the past or speculating about the future is a waste of time and energy and squanders your brilliant vibrations.