Submitted by Cheryl Hitchcock

cheryl hitchcock is a certified clinical counselor and spiritual life coach. she has been practicing for over thirteen years and now runs her own business. her recently penned book "just give your head a shake…and change your life for the better" is a guide for those seeking to manifest their own magnificence in life.

Here are Cheryl's "Five Rules For Life":

1.) It is better to be kind than to be right.
Let go of your ego's need to be right and justified. Given the choice (and you always have a choice) to be right about something and possibly sever a relationship, always choose to be kind. Kindness will always bring you what your spirit needs.

2.) Happiness is a state of mind.
We should be cultivating happiness as a way of being rather than a goal to be attained through external needs. When you cultivate happiness as a state of being it shines through you and nothing can derail your inner sense of well being.

3.) We are all equal, we just know and do different things.
Really 99.9% of our cells are the same. It's only .1% that makes us different. If we all could understand that we truly are all equal we may just treat each other with greater love. We may look different or do or know different things; this is what makes us unique but also what makes the world an exciting place. No one is better or worse than anyone else. It's our behaviors that dictate how we are viewed by others.

4.) Still your mind and know your path.
By stilling the endless chatter in our minds and connecting to our true spirit we will connect with our Dharma or path in life. Stilling the mind is the best way to connect with our inner guide and how we truly know what we are here to do.

5.) Awareness is the key to higher consciousness.
In order to connect with spirit and understand and eliminate negative behaviors we first need to be aware of how we are in this world and how we connect with others. You can't change something if you are not aware of its existence. This is true of our behaviors as well. When we are aware, we can then receive guidance from spirit and gain higher consciousness in order to change that which is not working in our lives.

Cheryl currently resides in Toronto, Ontario.