Every moment is filled with peace and joy. We just need to know how to access it. We access it by quieting the mind and relaxing the body. We can quiet the mind by prayer, meditation, repeating a mantra or affirmation, patience and by letting go. We can relax the body through exercise and Hatha yoga.
What has been your experience?
How can I bring more love, light, health and peace into my life? Perhaps by meditating a little more, by letting go of a bad habit or taking better care of my body. What are you going to do or not do to help yourself?
See each person as someone who wants to be loved and happy, just like you. See them as someone who is doing the best they can, just like you. Remember they have suffered in life too, as you have. They also have goals and dreams for their life, as you do. Just like you, their True Self is love, peace and happiness.
Repeating a mantra (a sacred sound vibration such as Om Shanti – Om is the universal sound vibration and shanti means deep peace) is a great way to stay centered. It creates a harmonious and uplifting vibration within us. It helps to keep the mind relaxed and out of trouble by giving it something positive to do. We can repeat the mantra with the breath for greater benefit.
When you get off track see if you can get back on track as quickly as possible. Perhaps you had an argument with your spouse or friend. Perhaps you got off your healthy diet or stopped your exercise program. Don’t beat yourself up, just do what’s necessary to harmonize that strained relationship or make the extra effort to prepare a healthy meal or start exercising again. You can do it.
When we give out good energy we experience some of this good energy. When we are friendly or our words are generous or our actions are kind we naturally experience an inner warmth and joy. When we smile we light up our own life as well as those around us. When we feel peaceful, it helps others feel more peaceful.
Stay aware of how you are feeling. If you start to feel irritated don’t speak if you can or be very mindful if you have to. Release the emotion by feeling it, breathing slowly, smoothly and deeply, observing it or just relaxing. Redirect the mind into positive thoughts and images.
Remember, never beat yourself up for any stressful emotions that arise. They are a normal part of being human.
We can look at everything in each moment with fresh eyes – being totally open from that peaceful and loving part our ourselves. Allowing ourselves to be delighted and inspired with each and every manifestation of the Divine. We can be open to experience whatever there is in each moment.
Try it out this week and let me know your experiences.
When we feel upset this is a red flag. Probably a detrimental underlying belief or attitude has been triggered and has become active. It’s helpful to stop adding more of the same type of negative thoughts that created the upset. We can observe all the thoughts, images and emotions around the situation or observe any neutral object. The upset will begin to dissipate.
Bring in a new positive affirmation or repeat your mantra to help you reconnect with your peace and create positive emotions.
Most of our relationship problems can be solved if we can be 98% loving with each other in our thoughts, words and actions.
There’s still room for us to express to others when we’re unhappy about something, but even there we need to express those concerns in a loving and kind way.
It’s better to say nothing than to unnecessarily say something unkind.