Sustaining a Sanguine Life

CHAPTER 30

A GUIDE TO WILDHEARTED LIVING

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First, just to wish everyone a very happy 2018, I hope your year has gotten off to a great start. Today in this episode of Sanguine Stories, I’m going to share with you how to sustain a sanguine life.

I’ll be talking about the 11 elements that make up Sanguine Living.  It can act as an intentional guide for you, on how to live sanguine, how to be wildhearted. Let’s get started…

Through my own exploration of living fully, I’ve shared with you my thoughts on living a sanguine life, and I’ve outlined my ideas on what that means for anyone pursuing greater happiness, health and harmony.

I believe that anyone can lead a more sanguine life — it just takes a bit of practice. Living with intention isn’t always easy, but the benefits to ourselves, our communities and the world are immeasurable.

People often reach out to me and ask: how do I incorporate the elements of a sanguine life into my every day, in a practical, actionable way?  Well, I would love to share what I’ve learned with you!

Living a fully sanguine life may seem like a challenge, but breaking it down into 11 key elements helps to smooth the path — by taking it step by step, you’ll find yourself in the flow before you know it. This is a process, and you can go at your own pace.

And so, without further ado, the 11 elements of a sanguine life.

  1. Make a Commitment

Show up for your life. Every day. Even when it sounds better to pull the covers up, block out the daylight and stay in bed. Even when all you want to do is binge-watch 12 hours of Netflix. Even when you’re tired, sad or frustrated.

Blocking out the reality of our lives and the world around us is a sneaky way of avoiding things we’d rather not face head-on. We have a responsibility to ourselves and our communities to bring our unique contributions to the world every single day, even in the smallest of ways.

And we can’t do that from in front of the TV or under the covers of the bed.

  1. Recognize Interconnection

We are all connected to each other in infinite ways — both tangible and intangible. Recognizing this interconnectedness means discovering who you can turn to, as well as the ways in which you can be there for others.

Learn to see every person you meet as a reflection of yourself, whether it’s your best friend, your neighbor, your mom or dad, the mail carrier — there are strands that link us together. If you haven’t already, start recognizing and creating harmonious connections.

  1. Ground Yourself

With feet flat against the earth and your eyes open to the world around you, you have the capacity to draw wisdom from nature. Our planet endures droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes — and as humans, we learn to live with uncertainty.

We build our foundations, we plant our gardens with a view towards sustainability and versatility – I always like to think of how permaculture serves better than monoculture — and we cultivate confidence in our abilities to thrive and to help others to thrive.

Ground yourself. Know your roots and where you draw nourishment from, and you can weather any storm.

  1. Practice Resilience

When (not if, because we all know it’s inevitable) you stumble and fall, when life throws a curveball, it’s okay to pause and reflect — that’s part of being fair to yourself and regrouping before making your next move. But beware of getting stuck in neutral.

Pick yourself up and choose to bounce forward; find the flow and set sail. Part of being resilient is being able to roll with the waves, being flexible to find windows when doors are closed, or cracks that let the light in when it’s pitch black.

There’s no point in trying to bounce backward when we already know that way doesn’t work (and in fact, it’s impossible once you start riding the right current).

  1. Cultivate Authenticity

If you do one thing, be yourself. There is only one of you, only one person who has your laugh, your smile, your turn of phrase. So often we are made to feel ashamed of the ways we are unique.

Being authentic means embracing those aspects of ourselves that set us apart, and giving gratitude for those gifts — we can also choose to lead by example, encouraging others to honor their unique gifts and find ways to express them.

Simply being true to ourselves could have a positive impact that creates ripples extending far beyond ourselves and our local communities! 

  1. Be Well

You have one beautiful life, and one beautiful body. Whatever your weight or age, whether you’re a marathon runner or a Netflix binger (or both), whether you are vegan or prefer bacon with every meal, this is the only vessel you have to travel this world in, and the only mind you’re going to inhabit.

Wellness is multifaceted — mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health are all connected. Spend time in nature (try immersing yourself in a rejuvenating forest bath!), take a digital detox (or at least start with leaving your phone outside the bedroom while you sleep), find a daily wellness ritual that works for you — it’s all about achieving balance. 

  1. Simplify

Life’s pretty challenging, even on the easy days. We struggle with prioritizing, piling on until we’re so busy we don’t have time to debrief ourselves. We lose sight of what’s important when we clutter our lives with “shoulds” and “musts” and the tyranny of the urgent.

Sometimes, we’re the ones who add complications — we overthink, add responsibilities, don’t accept help when it is offered, say yes when maybe we should have gracefully declined. Part of being sanguine is simplifying. Break larger processes down into smaller bites.

Make checklists, or find a daily planner that you love to write in. If digital is your game, research apps and platforms that help streamline your life. I know for me, I can’t live without Asana.com. And when you’re feeling overwhelmed, call on friends, peers or family, or join a new group or a challenge for support in your endeavors! (Get a head start by signing up for my free Simply Sanguine 30-day challenge here.) 

  1. Innovate

Become comfortable with discomfort — you never know what opportunities lie ahead. When you choose to take a step forward into the unknown, it’s always a surprise what bright ideas may develop! Learn, grow, step outside of the box.

Go to the edge and take one more step. We come up with our best imaginings when we are faced with challenges — just look at MacGyver! There are infinite ways to solve problems, and sometimes we need to start small — no need to cut down a whole tree because one branch is nipping at the roof of your house.

Be curious and let your mind wander to places it has never been. It takes courage to be a discoverer of new worlds, even if those worlds exist within ourselves.

  1. Live with Purpose and Vision

I very much believe that whatever you choose to do, you should endeavor to do it to the best of your ability, with integrity, care and kindness. While you are not defined by your profession, you can always do your chosen job with purpose, in service of our global community.

Try to be present in each moment, giving your all to whatever the task at hand may be, but don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. The sum of all of our actions becomes our impact on the world. What will you choose to be known for, not just today but in the future — what’s your legacy?

  1. Look Within

The truth is, the answers to all of your questions live inside of you. There is an Inherent Harmony within all of us — all it takes is to acknowledge and accept that we are perfect in our imperfection.

When we truly trust ourselves, our heart opens up to infinite possibilities — for love, for success on our own terms, for fulfillment and tranquility and joy — whatever it is that we most deeply desire.

You are a beautiful work in progress, just turn your eyes away from what others are doing, take the helm and look out over the horizon. Once you identify where you want to go, you can chart your course and sail towards your next exciting destination!

  1. Expand Your Horizons

On the surface, it’s easy to sit in our bubbles of safety looking out, focusing only on how we’re different — our gender, age, race, religion, background, even our likes and dislikes or where we choose to make our homes.

But when we realize how much we all truly have in common as members of the human race, we deepen our awareness, bridging the divide to create a unified world, based on love, interdependence and shared connection.

This is true harmony.

Strive to recognize others as they are and appreciate the multitude of experiences in this world — to be a cosmopolitan is to be a citizen of the Earth, connected to all others.

Every thought, word and action we take creates ripples through our community, our society, throughout the entire world. We have so much potential. Let’s start with the choice to make a positive impact, listen for the harmonies, recognizing the oneness in all.

The reality of a sanguine life is attainable with a bit of mindfulness and a willingness to try again each morning, no matter how well — or how badly — we might have done the day before. By embodying each of these elements, we can chart a course for an existence of interconnected purpose, creating a better life for ourselves and all those who inhabit this one wild, beautiful world alongside us.

I’m so grateful to have you as a part of the Sanguine Community. Over the coming months, I’ll be exploring each of the elements of a sanguine life more deeply. I hope you’ll come along with me!

If you’re ready for more in-depth 1×1 mentoring, let’s chat.

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I’d love to hear from you – which of these elements will you choose to focus on today?

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chrissy gruningerChrissy Gruninger is an author and mindset coach. She mentors people on how to live their ONE beautiful life, wherever they may be. Her latest book, Lost and Found in the Land of Mañana explores her life in Costa Rica and both the challenges of working and living abroad as well as the beautiful life we can create from those experiences.

She loves her rainforest beach shack in Costa Rica, the sunshine and the rain and passionately believes that through intentional actions we create more happiness, health and harmony in the world. 

Her goal: to empower others to thrive in an imperfect world.