Take small breaks throughout the day to breathe consciously, to relax the body, to stretch or repeat your affirmation or mantra. Take a time out to return to the present moment, to send loving thoughts to someone, to observe rather than engaging in the thoughts or to rest in your peace or to hum a tune.
Return to your activity more relaxed and present.
Let me know your experiences of trying this.
We can all say I don’t want to watch my diet or exercise today but we cannot say I don’t want to breathe. Our breath is literally our life. When we breathe we draw in oxygen and vital energy which is essential for the health of our bodies and minds. We can deliberately use the breath to bring whatever we need in our lives. For example, we can breathe in health and breathe out any stress or dis-ease. We can breathe in strength and breathe out any weaknesses we may feel. We can breathe in love and breathe out love to everyone including ourselves. Use slow, smooth, easy and deep breaths when doing this exercise.
Let me know your experiences. Remember, whatever you need breathe it into yourself.
Our motivation is very important. When our motivation is loving and giving our lives will be more harmonious. We’ll feel more connected with others. When our motivation is to control, push our point of view, thinking only of ourselves or to criticize, our lives will have a lot more conflict, stress and disconnection with others. Before speaking and acting it’s helpful to analyze our motivation. It may be best to not speak or change our speech or change our action to something more beneficial.
What has been your experience?
The mind is very powerful. It can create great good or harm. A positive mind opens the door to health, happiness and success, whereas a negative mind often leads to pain and failure. It is always our choice in each moment which direction we go. We need to stay aware of what thoughts are running through our minds and only nurture the beneficial ones. Ignore or witness the unhelpful ones and they will dissipate. Try this for a day and the notice the results.
Share with me the results of your experiment.
Feeling upset or agitated is a sign or red flag that we are taking the wrong approach to a situation in our lives. Perhaps we’re making an unrealistic demand of someone or making an unfair judgment of a person or ourselves or a situation or allowing negative thoughts to dominate our minds. If we can catch ourselves early it is easier to turn the situation around. Even if we have become very upset it’s never too late to start to feel more calm and relaxed.
It’s helpful to remove ourselves from the upsetting event for a while and return when we feel more balanced. We can practice witnessing the situation rather than making it worse by adding more detrimental thinking. We can cultivate a more positive view of the situation or person involved. Practicing easy, deep, smooth breathing will help us feel more relaxed mentally and physically.
What has been your experience?
Our inner spirit or core is fulfilling and provides us with guidance from the smallest thing to the biggest life step.
There is no need to worry about anything as the answer to any question or challenge is within.
Spend some quiet time each day to connect with your inner spirit or core to feel your own peace and to receive answers you may need.
What has been your experience of your inner spirit?
Stubbornness has a positive and negative side. Stubbornness could be refusing to listen to another’s point of view or to continue to forcefully express our point of view. This often leads to conflict, anger and weakening of our relationships. I’m not saying it’s wrong to have a different point of view but it’s wise to respect differing points of view and to know when to express our viewpoint.
A positive side of stubbornness could be to use our will to consistently do our exercise, sport, healthy diet or yoga practice even when we’re faced with obstacles.
I know that both sides of stubbornness show up in my life. The positive side of stubbornness helps me to stay connected with my inner peace. What has been your experience of stubbornness?
Everything in the world or daily life goes up and down. In Yoga, we call this duality. One minute the weather is hot then it’s cold. Our finances go up and down. Moods can go from one extreme to the other. A great current example is the ups and downs people experience with their World Cup soccer teams. Much of our daily happiness or unhappiness relates to these ups and downs. We’re happy when we get what we want and unhappy when we don’t. There is a part of us that is not subject to these ups and downs. Our inner peace is unchanging, it is always there. Take time to connect with your inner peace.
True happiness comes from feeling contented and peaceful. This feeling is always within us. Many times we disturb our peace by our demands, desires, frustrations and stress that we create.
We can reinstate a calm mind by letting go of these unhelpful attitudes and beliefs and by bringing in positive and harmonious thinking. This process of refining our minds takes time, be patient, your life and those around you will greatly improve as a result of your efforts.
What are your examples of creating a more positive mind?
We learn much from the great spiritual teachers and teachings and we can also learn from everything around us. Our dog Jade does a downward dog and an upward dog every time she gets up. A family member inspired me to be more moderate in regards to the quantity of food consumed. A past boss taught me by example to express a nice balance between the heart and the head, between being firm and compassionate.
The more we can stay aware of what is going on around us the more we can learn and be inspired by people and situations in our lives.
What did you learn recently from someone else or some situation in your life?