1.Be by yourself: We should make some time for time alone. One should try to just be alone without stimulation. Be quiet and be awake. Listen to the breath. Listen to the quiet. Listen to the noise. Listen to all that is part of your world. Do not criticize or judge or even identify, just listen. This is essential.
2.Be outdoors, in nature: Connect with the physical world. Smell the air, feel the earth. See the animals. Listen to the rustle of the leaves. We are of the material world and so we should fully grasp it’s beauty.
3.Daily Meditation: Most important! (See #’s1, & 7) If you master meditation, you master yourself. Your mind becomes your servant and your soul becomes your master. Wake Up!
Meditate! Do not sleep.
Meditate! Do not dream.
Meditate. Do not worry.
4.Daily, Account for yourself: What did you do today? Reflect back on your day before you sleep, from the time you woke up to bedtime. See how you acted, what have you said, how have you said it, what effect have you had on others, what are your thoughts, honestly. Reflect on the challenges and your emotional reactions. Did you respond too quickly, did you really listen, were you honest in response? It will balance your life; prevent emotions from invading your subconscious mind and disturbing your sleep.
5.Do Something Hard: Go outside your comfort zone. Take a deep breath and risk an act that is difficult, nearly impossible for you. Have the courage to do those things that you know you need to do, but have been able to avoid. Call the person you have not spoken to in years. Clean up a disgusting mess left by a stranger. Relate to the crazy person who is alone in their madness.
6.Do what needs to be done: Don’t delay. Now, this moment is a challenge to you! Meet it and life begins, expands, blooms, BEGINS. If you hesitate, it blocks you, and stops you from moving on. Listen to the inner voice that prompts you, it is your intuition and if you are doing a daily sadhana it is always right, always.
7.Get up EARLY: the amrit vehla, the hours before dawn, are the best if not the only time for a daily sadhana e.g. meditation, yoga or other spiritual practice.
8.Laugh: This, along with #10 is essential to a happy life. Relax and enjoy yourself daily. Endlessly pursuing pleasure is exhausting and pointless. You must really be able to laugh and be happy. Be content and grateful, this is happiness. Be full of joy and humor but do not go overboard. Spend time in healthy entertainment everyday. It is important.
9.Serve Someone: Everyday do something good for someone else. Serve the humblest person you know. Put yourself at their feet and do something that will make them feel better. They are the first consideration. You are the last. Do something good that no one knows about, no one.
10.Sweat Everyday: Get some form of exercise that forces you to exert yourself –it will keep the body in good shape. Yopu are not your body, but your body is the vehicle through which you live, so treat it like a temple, take care of it.