A couple of weeks ago, I welcomed each of you to evōxTelevision and our Brand Categories. I also shared that I am bringing to you the evōxEvolve Category of our Brand. Today, I would like to share with you a few tips on how you can begin to incorporate this category into your daily lives to gain more personal growth and development.

1) Find the place where you find solace. The very place that brings to you a sense of calm, peaceful emotions and silence. This can be a favorite place outdoors, near water, in the hillside, or park. This can be your garden, your walking trail, or yard. You can find this place indoors as well. Your favorite spot in your home, where you can tuck away and allow yourself time, for you.

2) Take time to connect to yourself. Try this at least 30 mins a day or a few times a week. For me the best hour of the day when all is quiet and I know I won't be disturbed, is between 5 and 6am. I use this time as my time. Sometimes I find myself simply lying in bed and reading, other times I may get up for a walk in the neighborhood. Your time may be at the end of the day. Find what works best for you and allow yourself to be with yourself.

3) Start a gratitude prayer, consciously writing and speaking it out loud. You have heard this before. Turning your attention to what you have builds abundance in your life. Focusing on what you don't have simply keeps you in a state of scarcity. Hearing your own voice and seeing your own writing supports in having the gratitude be tangible/real rather than get lost in your thoughts.

4) Take time to research places on the planet you would like to visit. Read about the people, culture and sites. Watch programming related to the location. Find dining or cultural activities that allow you to experience the location of interest, in your hometown. When possible, book your time away and go visit in person. Sometimes stretching a bit in regards to time, money or circumstances can provide one with a memorable travel experience that could have been missed waiting for "that perfect time to go." Traveling locally or afar, provides for much growth opportunities. Bon Voyage.

5) Intend to meet someone new each week. If you see someone of interest, based on their age, an activity they are engaged in, or a conversation you over hear......engage with the person/people. For me no one is a stranger, I just haven't met them yet. And when I do, I am always moved by how much I learn from another. With an open mind and open heart I listen to the gift they are bestowing upon me, the gift of their life perspectives, experiences, and lessons learned. You will be surprised just what arises from saying "hello" to someone for the first time.

6) Intend to be/think/act from the present. Make it into a conscious act. You can begin each morning and just be in your body. Feel your body. Listen to your thoughts. If you feel disconnected from your body or you hear your thoughts and find that they are still on yesterday's events or events "to come," then you are not where you actually are, in the present. Bring your thoughts to the present events before you. What do you see, hear, feel? Bring your thoughts to your body’s sensations. What do you feel within your body? Get to where you actually are, here and now.

7) Start a practice to experience music in your daily life. In your car, on your ipod, in your office, at home. Find the calming music/tones/tunes that bring a lift to your mental state and provides emotional calm. Play it in the background of your everyday life. For me Indian Mantras and instrumentals make a big difference and provide me with an overall state of peaceful ease. I sleep with them playing, come home to them filling space with their magic, and generally have them as my foundation for my everyday life.

8) Pick up an art you enjoy. Whichever that brings you joy, incorporate the arts into your weekly life. Whether it be writing, photography, painting, ceramics, a musical instrument, singing, dancing, drawing, acting, going to art shows and museums, attending a concert or visiting your local playhouse theater, the list goes on. The outlet of creativity is essential for each of us.

9) Stay connected with friends and family. A phone call, a greeting card, text message or an email can go a long way. When you think of them, simply stop and send them a quick note. Let them know they passed through your thoughts. Share with them a photo you just took, or saw that inspired an emotion or a memory with them. Invite them to a potluck dinner or a Sunday afternoon tea at your place once a month or every other month. Ask them to join you on one of your new art adventures. Look for opportunities to connect, and you will be surprised how many arise.

Please try one or all of the above for the next 30 days. I would love to hear from you as to what opens up for you and what those experiences provide for you.


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Banafsheh Akhlaghi is a pioneering civil and human rights attorney, educator and social entrepreneur. She has learned through her work how decisions we make globally affect us locally. She immigrated to the United States from her native Iran with her parents at the age of five and started her career as a professor of Constitutional Law at the John F. Kennedy School of Law. Banafsheh has worked with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM and was the director of the West Region for Amnesty International.

She has won several awards for her work, including the Fred Korematsu Civil Rights Award and was nominated for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. Banafsheh was named “Top 100 Leading Lawyers in California” and “Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal. She was also nominated for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in 2008 and received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives the same year.

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