Be a spiritual superhero – 10 Easy Steps to Help Yourself + Heal the Planet
According to the IPCC report that prompted Extinction Rebellion, we have only twelve years left to act on climate change.
After that, a global amount of sh*t will hit the fan.
Like you, I’m not ready to die.
And I’m not about to crawl under my duvet to distract myself with Instagram or reality TV either.
I’m going to be the change I wish to see.
Step by step.
Day by day.
Global positive change is coming from the grassroots up.
Started by a change in consciousness amongst ordinary people.
That means YOU and me babe.
If you want to heal the planet, start by healing yourself.
Resist the apathy and fear.
Here’s my superhero checklist: quick + easy micro-steps to help yourself first – and then the planet.
We all need to learn how to be a superhero of our own lives.
Time is running out.
Be a spiritual superhero 1: Audit your own life
It is your mission to be joyful, fulfilled and happy during your short life on earth. You are meant to live in alignment with your life purpose and higher self.
This means that you have a seed inside, that needs to be planted in a nutritious environment and nurtured to grow into something significant.
You can only spread more love on the planet by loving your true self more.
That means NOT your roles or the things you do to keep other people happy because it is expected.
It means getting back in touch with the happy, joyous and fulfilled YOU that you were as a child.
Your CORE self.
Heck, your INNER CHILD dammit.
Happy contented people rarely harm, hurt or destroy things.
In fact they have so many good vibes to give they want to spread that.
Watch my video on How to Raise Your Vibration for more.
To start you life audit, ask yourself:
• What gifts do I have to share?
• What does my heart want me to do with my life?
• What wisdom have a learnt that could help others?
• How can I serve the planet?
• How can I be more happy + fulfilled?
• How can I create a more meaningful and ethical life?
Think about the 10 areas below and rate each area on a scale of 1-10 (10 being happy/very satisfied and 1 being unhappy/dissatisfied).
1. Physical health
2. Emotional/psychological health
3. Environment (home, work)
4. Finances & security
6. Friends/family/relationships (inc. intimacy + support)
7. Life partner
8. Purpose + meaningful work
9. Personal development & spiritual growth
10. Learning and education
The lowest scores will help you determine where you need to focus.
Be a spiritual superhero 2: Get Support
Now you have identified areas you wish to change, set yourself a goal.
Start to research how get support to change.
Never has there been more information, guidance and free resources available to help mankind – individually and collectively – evolve.
Make a commitment to change with the help of an appropriate expert. Order personal development and self help books. Start writing a journal.
One of the problems with personal change can be that you lose momentum. Look for a group you can join to help you become your best self. If possible work with someone 1-2-1 to keep you on track and heal your past.
Remember, money you spend on therapy or healing is a life changing INVESTMENT in you.
With the right person, it is worth every penny + more.
Be a spiritual superhero 3: Adopt radical self-care
If you’re a highly sensitive empath by nature, it’s likely that you’ve lived a large part of your life on other people’s terms.
As part of your life audit (Be a spiritual superhero 1), you may realise that you’ve been carrying other people emotionally or energetically.
You may be fulfilling obligations or duties that go unappreciated or unacknowledged.
Part of your path to becoming a superhero is saying no to any thing you’re doing simply for the approval of others.
Be daring. Risk disapproval. Learn to tolerate people being disappointed because you don’t do exactly what they want, when they want.
Instead, of expending energy outwards, spend at least 30 minutes a day taking care of yourself.
This could be ANYTHING that puts your focus firmly on you + your inner world.
Paint your toe nails, have a salt bath, draw, treat your hair, buy flowers for your room, write that journal (Be a spiritual superhero 1, above) or chill.
When you start to set boundaries and carve out time for the REAL you, pay attention to who has your best interests at heart, and who gets upset.
Limit time with the latter or lower your expectations of that relationship.
Notice your energy levels rise.
Rather than being selfish, you can actually have a bigger effect in the world by taking care of your self first, BEFORE trying to help others.
Love yourself so you can lift others from a place of clarity and strength.
Be a spiritual superhero 4: Break your comfort zone
This is a fun one.
Build your confidence and self esteem by doing a daring act of kindness everyday. Make a game of it.
Any action that takes you out of your routine + into new territory WILL give you a boost psychologically.
You’ll like yourself just that little bit more.
Furthermore, the act of giving is scientifically proven to make you feel fantastic. In fact, the latest research suggests that humans are hard-wired to be altruistic. Unfortunately, we get few opportunities to use our kindness muscle day to day.
The actions you take must be completely free of obligation or duty.
It’s simply giving for the sake of giving, because your cup is full.
Commit a daring act of kindness that takes someone by surprise.
Bake a neighbour a cake. Giving up your seat to someone on the train. Buy a co-worker an impromptu coffee.
Do an invisible act of kindness, such as having flowers delivered to someone who is feeling low.
The ripple effect of this kind of grace in service is written about by Caroline Myss in Invisible Acts of Power.
The science behind acts of kindness and it’s effects on wellbeing can be found here: The Kindness Offensive, KindSpring.org, Caroline Myss’s Invisible Acts of Power , Berkeley University of California’s Greater Good Science Center’s research on Altruism for more.
Kindness is good for your heart + good for humanity.
However, there is a caveat for over-givers:
Remember to start with compassion for yourself first.
Never give from an empty cup
…or to get something in return (– that is co-dependency).
If you want to adopt a kinder lifestyle and diet, you may like my Good Vibes Plant-based Guide.
Be a spiritual superhero 5: Cultivate awareness
Be present. Be mindful. Be here now.
The most effective way to do this is to meditate daily.
You just need to close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing.
In through the nose and out through the mouth.
Slow it down.
Notice your feelings.
To complement your meditation practice, you could keep an emotions diary.
Daily meditation is especially helpful for highly sensitive people (HSPs) who can feel invaded by others people energy. HSPs who meditate daily gradually start to rewire their brain until the automatic response to life is calm.
Spend time meditation or alone in silence each day to increase your awareness of yourself, bring your blindspots into conscious awareness and increase your sense peace.
I started with 20 minutes meditation every day two years ago and it has completely changed my life. See my guide: Simple Meditation for Highly Sensitive People.
Part 2: Next, the planet
Be a spiritual superhero 5: Go green
Okay, this is where it starts to feel confusing and overwhelming.
Like your actions don’t matter.
Where to start?
Start with little symbolic changes to your purchasing habits.
Switch to organic food only.
Donate a portion of your earnings to your favourite eco-charity (5 Charities that Are Changing the World)
Stop buying Christmas presents – see my Alternative Christmas Guide.
If you’re in the UK, register for the DMA’s mail- and call- preference services to stop junk mail.
Go vegetarian or even vegan.
Small steps matter.
They are seeds that grow.
You are not alone.
Be a spiritual superhero 7: Clean up your environment
Your surroundings reflect your inner state + values.
Your environment should be uplifting and cared for.
Its about respecting, appreciating and loving what you have.
Clean up and declutter your home.
Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products and/or learn about natural cleaning methods i.e. lemon juice and vinegar wipes out limescale faster than commercial products ( – and help your liver buy not exposing yourself to harsh chemicals).
Open your windows and get the air circulating. Keep 8 hard to kill house plants.
Paint what needs to be painted.
It will take all your strength to change the world.
You will need a cocoon to come back to.
Create energetic space for new influences, people and opportunities to enter.
Live minimally. Be an essentialist.
Be a spiritual superhero 8: Get inspired
Mainstream media does not report extensively on stories of direct action around the globe.
Yet, it is happening.
People are taking exhilarating action everywhere: fighting corporate greed, saving the environment / species, and dedicating their lives to the greater good.
Get yourself fired up and motivated.
Be moved by the latest documentaries (try The Salt of the Earth, July 2015).
Share links, open a discussion, attend a protest, talk to your local MP/politician or organise a screening.
Be a spiritual superhero 9: Get connected
Technology means we have never had so much opportunity for connection and meeting of like-minds.
Are you hiding out?
As you become more clear and aligned about your purpose and your desire for change, you will attract more opportunities to connect with like-minded people.
Show yourself so your tribe can find you.
There are many people who share your views and a wish to do something.
Volunteer with a local charity or go on an organised walk with other nature lovers. Go away on a retreat or take a spiritual workshop.
Who are your people + how can you find them?
If you like my stuff, check out my Home School & Community.
Be a spiritual superhero 10: Remain optimistic!
The Dalai Llama maintains the greatest sense of humour.
He does this while contemplating serious world issues like nuclear armament, environmental suicide, religious intolerance + genocide.
Okay, he meditates daily.
But, we never change anyone by preaching or being aggressive about what we believe in.
Be a conscious human being, but not a pain in the neck.
Yeah, be “spiritual” and intentional.
But some of the most spiritual people are nurses and street cleaners.
They serve tirelessly without fuss, recognition or reward.
People who sit in lotus wearing Lulu Lemon + full make-up are not it.
Swear. Eat the wrong food. Consume too much alcohol.
Diana Cooper, the UK angels expert, believes that we can do more to help the planet by upholding a positive vision of it healing, than by focusing on it’s negative potential.
Find optimistic stories and share them, like the Good News Network.
When the state of the world gets too much and you feel gloomy, go back to radical self care + get support (2 and 3).
The world needs more healers, carers, empaths, intuitive healers and listeners like YOU.
But you do not NOT help by burning out from compassion fatigue.
Be a spiritual superhero: Superhero books
The Dark Side of the Light Chasers shows how it is possible to acknowledge and accept our so-called weaknesses, proving that these qualities may be important, hidden strengths. For example, perhaps some ‘selfishness’ can save us from exhaustion and resentment. Full of illuminating stories and practical exercises, Debbie Ford shows how to reconcile our darker impulses and find the gifts they offer. Transformation is possible when you own and embrace your shadow.
Read more about this book here: The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford
Help the planet…
Kale and Coffee: A Renegade’s Guide to Health, Happiness and Longevity by Kevin Gianni (Hay House). See Kevin’s top easy tips for healing the ecological way.
Go plant-based with my Good Vibes Plant-based Guide.
Accelerate your growth + transformation – work with me 1-2-1.