When you sit down to meditate or eat a freshly cooked Ayurvedic meal, you can feel a sense of peace come over your whole being. That feeling has a word – sattva. It means balance and harmony representing the light, and can act as a guide for every aspect of your life.
Sattva is a quality you can cultivate every day, in everything you do. This March, we’re offering 31 ways you can bring in this light of consciousness every day for the entire month. These tips and activities are all simple ways to breed more sattva within you, and many of them will take less than five minutes. Taking on these sattvic actions will bring forth a shift in the way you relate to yourself and the world around you, a change that will last much longer than 31 days.
The ideas below are just the beginning of how you can cultivate sattva every day for the next month. We’d love to hear your ideas. Just share them in the comments or on our Facebook page.
Will you join us in celebrating 31 days of sattva this month?
31 days of sattva
#2 Turn off electronics (including your phone and television) one hour before going to sleep so your nervous system can wind down.
#3 Before you start to cook, use a mantra or a prayer to set positive energy.
#6 Give up one thing this week that is causing you stress.
#8 Forgive someone today. Maybe it will even be yourself.
#9 Start your morning with a soothing herbal tea and resolve to have a caffeine free day.
#11 Tell one person in your life how much you care about them.
#12 Make a space in your home that is just yours. Go there whenever you want to connect with your innermost self.
#13 Eat a meal free from distractions, such as televisions, phones or reading.
#14 Leave the leftovers behind. Make a meal with freshly cooked, prana-filled food. Here are some free Ayurvedic recipes to get you inspired.
#16 Write down one thing that you love about your body and keep the note on your mirror.
#17 Reflect back on a mistake you have made from a neutral place of observation. What value did that mistake bring to your life?
#19 Put a reminder in your calendar twice per day that reads, "Take pause.” Then, take 12 deep breaths. Treat it just like you would an important meeting.
#21 Write down one thing you learned last year and one thing you want to learn this year.
#22 Pat cool water on your eyes after eating to calm pitta.
#23 Build a new relationship with yourself by embracing ahimsa, non-violence, in your asana practice.
#25 Come back to your circadian rhythm by writing and implementing a dinacharya plan.
#26 When you have a judgmental thought about someone's character, replace it with a kind thought that honors their divinity.
#27 Find a way to truly relax from the inside. Use deep breathing, visualization, meditation or any other sattvic tools.
#28 Listen to another person from a space of neutrality, from the center of your head. Truly hear them instead of waiting for your chance to talk.
#29 Practice this affirmation at the beginning of your day: "I trust the process of life and the flow of the universe."
#30 Find a simple way, like coloring, to unlock creativity in all areas of life.