I have always been a huge Brene Brown fan. If you don't know who she is - she has one of the top 5 Most Viewed Ted Talks of All Time (over 40 million views) on Vulnerability. Go check it out. Regardless, I recently re-read her phenomenal book, “The Gifts of Imperfection,” where she introduces the 10 Guideposts of Wholehearted Living, essentially outlining a way for us to live authentically, embrace vulnerability and cultivate a resilient spirit. Stay tuned for the book review coming later this year :)
I wanted to share a simple and effective tool from the book. Brown introduces was she calls the vowel check, citing that she learned this during her breakdown aka spiritual awakening (what a re-frame!) through the AA Community. The Vowel Check is a simple tool to practice presentness, gratitude, self-discipline and compassion.
I think this is something we can all practice in our daily life. Give it a go below :)
Vowel Check: A E I O U Y.
A = Have I been Absent today? (However you define that.)
E = Have I Exercised today?
I = What have I done for myself today?
O = What have I done for Others today?
U = Am I holding on to Unexpressed emotions today?
Y = Yeah! What is something good that’s happened today?
It's only 6AM - and here's mine!
A = Have I been Absent today? (However you define that.) - A little bit... pulling out my phone first thing in the morning and mindlessly scrolling *ugh*
E = Have I Exercised today? - Yes! 45 Minutes at the gym and done :) Teaching yoga later tonight.
I = What have I done for myself today? - I've read for 45 minutes, journaled a bit and lite some candles in the house - floral smells filling my bedroom.
O = What have I done for Others today? - Therapy all day today :) 8 lovely spirits to hold space with.
U = Am I holding on to Unexpressed emotions today? - Some anxiety; recognizing the tendency to wear busyness with a badge and actively working on creating more balance.
Y = Yeah! What is something good that’s happened today? - My lovely husband cooked us dinner already :)