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From T: Hey Parvati! How do you find satisfaction with your whole being? Like, what tips do you have on accepting yourself for who you are? Thanks in advance, and thank you for this blog. Cheers!

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Dear T,

This is a fantastic question. Thank you for asking.

While I can’t say I’m always 100% happy with myself, I have developed the ability to recognize when I veer off track.

With self-awareness, I can then take measures to bring myself back into the self-love zone.

A Couple Simple Tips for Accepting Yourself:

1. Get Involved. — It may seem counterintuitive, but nothing works better to make you content with your life than helping other people and building community.

What are you interested in? Think about your favorite hobbies and activities and what types of people you enjoy being with or helping out. Then, volunteer some of your time. One of my favorite non profit organizations in LA is called Dream Catcher. It is an equine therapy program for veterans and children with behavior disorders, run by founder, Joan Blank. It’s amazing to witness, firsthand, the joy a child experiences riding a horse for the first time.

Check out opportunites at your local boys and girls club or homeless shelter, mentor kids in high school, sign up to lead a bible study at church, or help out the local animal shelters. Let me know what you come up with, and, after a few weeks of consistent involvement in your new group, let me know how you feel about yourself. Has your confidence improved? Are you more content? I want to know!

2. Get Active. — Exercise is the most important thing you can do to make yourself happy. When you get your heart rate up and sweat, your body releases chemicals that make you feel good. You also move some of the toxic waste out of your system, so you feel more energized. Yoga, boxing and running have always been a huge part of my life.

When I was injured on Around The World For Free, I had a really hard time facing the fact that I couldn’t do yoga or box anymore. I was barely able to maintain a brisk walk because my wrist hurt so badly. In desperate need of an exercise fix, I found kundalini yoga. This style of yoga saved my sanity during my two year recovery period. It boosted my heart rate, challenged me physically and mentally, and I was able to do full classes with my injury.

If you have been injured or have been sedentary for a long period of time, you may have to start slow and look for options. The important thing is to be kind and patient with yourself, choose a program and stick with it. Strength and flexibility build in increments. With discipline and consistency, every day, little by little, you will love yourself more and more.

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I hope this helps!

Let me know how it all goes for you.

xoxo

Parvati

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Tyler Cliff - Thanks for the advice Parvati! I recently watched a documentary about what truly makes people happy and exercise and giving back to your community as well as some form of meditation (such as yoga) were some of the biggest things that make people happy. So I’m totally on board with you on this.

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