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?
The mind is an amazing instrument. We can remember things that happened to us years ago. This memory can help us in our projects, jobs and in our communications. The mind through our speech can give encouraging and compassionate words. Our thoughts can create positive emotions and feelings in our being and bodies. The mind is often so quick that it’s hard to keep track of what it’s doing. Sometimes it gets us into trouble – you know what I mean. Therefore it’s in our interest to immediately get our minds back on track when they get off. Just like when we notice the car we are driving starts to veer off the road, we immediately bring it back.
We can’t control everything. Just do your best and leave the rest. Don’t take things personally. This will help you to maintain your peace and happiness.
Whatever is going on mentally and emotionally. Don’t take it too serious. Reconnect with your heart and your inner peace and everything will be okay.
If someone is unreasonably criticizing you or being rude to you don’t react or snap at them. Instead disregard their behavior. Don’t take it personally Keep your interaction to a minimum. Perhaps their having a bad day. Mentally wish them well.
It may be necessary to speak up to a person who is regularly criticizing or being rude or bullying or getting angry at you. See if you can respond in a calm but firm manner. For example, “I would appreciate that you speak to me in a respectful way.”
We are all faced with physical, mental, emotional or financial challenges or difficulties. Perhaps the first thing to do is not make it worse. For example, avoid that thing that is harming our bodies. Stop adding more of the same type of thoughts that created the stressful emotions or upset mind in the first place. For financial challenges cut down on unnecessary expenditures.
Then we can deliberately cultivate new positive mindsets and habits such as seeing the good in others or substituting a healthy habit for an unhealthy one or preparing more of our meals at home.
Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. Everyday life is full of dualities. ups and downs, profits and losses, happiness and sadness, hot and cold, success and failure, praise and blame. A wise person learns how to remain centered or peaceful throughout all the changes in daily life, even when these changes/events are not what they prefer or like.
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?