I heard this at my yoga class recently and wanted to share and pass it on.
Know that to help heal others, you must first heal yourself. To do this, you must practise being gentle in all areas of your life. After working through all the emotions that you need to, release the ones that no longer serve you. Replace guilt with acceptance. Exchange fear for love.
You have a warm and caring heart. Every cell in your body radiates peace and because of this, you become an example of peace to others.
Know that in every situation, love and kindness is the answer. Be thankful to know this incredibly beautiful truth and practise it daily.
Love and kindness is the only answer.
Don’t worry if the tone of this doesn’t quite chime with your way of being. It’s really just a note about kindness and being gentle. That is all.
Many people think that it is very difficult to be positive in a negative world… and a part of me agrees. Yet just as an open window or a pleasant smell dispels bad odours, the power of unpolluted and positive thoughts can transform the negative attitudes and atmosphere of any person or place. This week, I shall mostly be opening windows (metaphorically and literally, for double the benefit!) and allowing positive thoughts to linger like a good smell. How many windows can you open? Or how about spritzing a room with something fresh and positive? Try it out and see how fragrant things can be.
Have you ever given your mind a ‘make-over’? Many people are aware of the power of a physical make-over, be it face, hair or body, but the mind often gets overlooked – we forget to make up our minds.
Contrary to how it sounds, this isn’t about making decisions. Instead, making up our mind can mean that we ensure that our thoughts are positive and our feelings towards others are encouraging and optimistic: we also need to be kind to ourselves. If we can do this, we are truly making up our minds – and the more we do it, the easier it gets. Like most other behaviour, it’s a habit… so new habits can be made and old habits can diminish.
When things are difficult or we’re feeling a bit mopey and run down, it’s tricky to keep feeling grateful for how things are. It can feel clunky, false or a bit ‘worthy’ when we try to list the things for which we are grateful. But it’s the act of focusing on what you have already that is the trick, and you don’t even have to prefix it with a hashtag (‘Blessed!’ ‘Proud!’) for it to work.
If it feels like an uphill struggle, try asking yourself “What could I be grateful for?” Ideas will eventually come and the attitude of gratitude will become easier. The aim is to gently adjust a negative mindset, where you focus on the things that are wrong, to one of increased positivity and a better overall mood.
I’ll start the ball rolling… I’m grateful for my family, friends and how my body copes with all that I ask of it.
Now over to you!
(By the way, no blog next week.)
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