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How Do I Change? 5 Tips for Self-Transformation

Have you ever stopped to think that you are perhaps not the same person you were 5 years ago, or even last week?

We are living in times of remarkable change and opportunity. Still, most of us don't feel that we are personally able to change as quickly as the world around us seems to be.

In part, this is because we tend to define ourselves as static beings in linear time: you wake up, go to work, go home, have family time and go to bed. You feel like you are the same person, day in day out.

In this way of seeing yourself, it's easy to feel "stuck" in your routines, responsibilities, habits and in a generally uninspiring reality.

The truth is that, as humans, we are designed to change every single day. We are a highly adaptable species, able to constantly reconfigure ourselves to learn new things, meet new challenges, to create new opportunities, and to shape new realities.

In the midst of any transition -- you may feel the urge to change, you may not know exactly how to do so. Often, our pure potential for self-transformation gets diverted into "superficial changes" without truly getting to the depths of what we're looking for.

In our basic course Practical Awakening, we study how your body and mind change completely every 7 years. This means that every 7 year cycles (e.g. at 7 years of age, 14 years, 21 years...) you are offered a window of opportunity to redefine who you are and how you want to live.

At these junctures in our lives -- or in the midst of any transition -- you may feel the urge to change, you may not know exactly how to do so.

Most of the time, our pure potential for self-transformation gets diverted into "superficial changes" -- a new job, a new hair colour, a new trip -- but somehow doesn't hit the depths of what we're looking for.

After over 18+ years in mind-body healing, I can suggest 5 very simple secrets for self-transformation, which you can start right now.

Train yourself to do what inspires you, without expecting any particular outcome.

How Do I Change? ::: 5 Simple Tips To Start Now

1) Find out what inspires you and what you feel most passionate about and start doing it regularly. Don't worry if it's not the most rational thing, and do it without expect any particular outcomes (e.g. "I want to lose 10 lbs. I want to become famous."). Train yourself to follow your pure love, and your pure inspiration without ulterior motives.

2) Tune in with your emotions. If you are bored, angry or depressed every day, take it as a sign from that something in your life is not working as well as it could be. Recognize that what we often call "negative emotions" are not necessarily bad, as they often contain their own form of wisdom which we often ignore or repress.

Take some time to yourself to explore these emotions, either in your journal, in contemplation, or with the support of a trusted guide, therapist or counselor.

3) If you ask, it will be given. Learn to recognize opportunities when they are presented to you in the form of new opportunities, acts of grace, and/or synchronicities. Letting yourself receive grace when it is given makes you graceful, humble and magnetic in receiving more.

4) Commit to the reconfiguration of your body-mind through a daily spiritual practice, including yoga, meditation and breathwork.

Thousands of years of research say that a daily spiritual practice is the most powerful way to change yourself and the way you experience the world around you. It really be as easy as setting aside 20 minutes each day.

If you are looking for a practice to inspire you, please check out our upcoming course dates for the course Practical Awakening.

Committing to a daily spiritual practice -- including yoga, meditation and breathwork -- is the most powerful tool for self-transformation.

5) Be patient with yourself when you hit any seemingly insurmountable obstacles, tests or trials. Some successes may happen overnight, while others will require your steady commitment over time.

Stay focused, surround yourself with people who inspire you, and recognize your trials as part of your unique journey in exploring the themes of Earth, developing your own wisdom, and embracing all that is with compassion, integrity and love.

If you're looking for inspiration this fall, there are some classes now taking shape on my website.

Have a great fall.


About the Author

Briya Freeman is a facilitator focused in the areas of meditation, ayurveda and modern spirituality.

Her passion lies in exploring the potentials of human consciousness in a way that respects, unites and transcends global culture and tradition.

Briya is a long-term student of Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin. She also holds studies in ayurveda at Anjali School of Ayurveda (Kerala, India) and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Ottawa.

Briya is based in Ottawa, Canada and can be reached at


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