Hey reader! If you’re reading this, I send you light, joy, laughter and vibrant health. The way we use words has an incredible impact on your psychological framework. I’ll not ask you to stay safe and indoors because that insinuates fear. My assumption is that you are smart enough to follow the guidelines set forth by the medical professionals. If you are, YOU ARE SAFE.
I’ll not beat around the bush for this post because I want this piece to be a one on one conversation with you. Let me begin by telling you that you think about sixty to seventy thousands thoughts per day. Most of these thoughts can be classified as the inner dialogue that goes on in your head. It can be safe to presume that for most of us, 90% of mental chatter is unconscious. We are simply unaware of what we are telling ourselves. In times like ours, where a lot of anxiety and fears are floating in the air, it’s vitally essential to check on your internal chatter.
Your body is 70-80% made of water. Water is affected by words and vibrations. Don’t believe me? You shouldn’t. But, you will undoubtedly believe a particular Japanese scientist Dr Masaru Emoto who studied water for years and experimented to prove that water absorbs energy. Here, sample this-
Thoughts are energy forms. PLEASE check how you are talking to yourself not just now but ahead as well.
Talking to yourself lovingly, kindly, encouragingly can make this quarantine period one of the best of your time.
I’ll give you some sample affirmations to use to your system’s advantage—
- Life loves me and supports me in all that I do
- Every need of mine is fulfilled in harmonious ways
- I’m learning and growing every day
- All my relationships are loving and fulfilling
- The world is healing, and so am I
Go on, make your own. Just ensure that you use positive words as if they are true now. I know, many of you may be wondering upon reading the above that some of the things written above are not true for you. Well, yeah, it doesn’t matter.
Why, you ask?
YOUR BRAIN DOESN’T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE OF WHAT’S REAL AND WHAT’S NOT.
A friend called up last evening to ask how I’d stocked up. He was particularly ‘enthusiastic’ about the current situation; he reckoned it’s gonna takes ‘a couple of years’ for all this to settle down. To each his own, I guess. But, his well-intentioned advise to hoard up had me thinking, what exactly should we be stocking up upon? I present to you a few simple ideas-
I may over-do this bit. If you’re a regular on my posts, you’ll find a mention of gratitude on almost every article.
I sell it because it transformed my life.
Five years back, when I was down with Chickenpox, I ‘chose’ to increase my suffering by complaining and being ungrateful. This quarantine period seems like a blessing because I’ve chosen an attitude of gratitude. Tell you what, it’s contagious. Once you get on board, it spills automatically to every aspect of your life. If you’re truly grateful, you may even understand what the Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh meant when he said,
“Walk the earth as if you’re kissing it with your feet.”
Enough philosophy; I will now present you a technique as to how you can actually cultivate an attitude of gratitude-
When you wake up tomorrow, before you leave your bed, give thanks for three categories of your life— past events, your work and yourself.
- Think of the past day, week, month or year and think of three good things that happened. Give thanks while you visualise them again. For example, it can be a hug of a loved one, a meeting with a friend, a trip that you could afford.
- Think of your work life. It doesn’t matter if you like it or not. Focus on useful aspects. Remember, where your focus goes, energy flows. If you choose to see good, more good will be presented. Think of three things you are grateful for in your work life. For example, the money that your work brings, your colleagues or your workplace.
- Think about what’s fantastic and unique about you. No two snowflakes are alike. Nature doesn’t do copies. Give thanks for three things you like or love about yourself. For example, you may love your smile, your hair, your eyes or simply the way you are with people around.
You may even make use of this technique at any other time during the day, if not first thing in the morning.
A virus can shut down the entire world. Well, hello there, human advancement! Millions of years of evolution, and centuries of us ravaging the planet and yet, a virus brings us to a standstill. Neither of us can factually say if it’s nature’s way to take revenge or whatever. I personally do not think that nature is jobless or heartless to take revenge. We project our own ideas on nature. This virus is our making. Sign of an evolved mind, though is to learn from every situation in life. Death is that elephant in the room that precious few choose to address or think about. Death gives life meaning and situations like the once we’re dealing with right now are fantastic opportunities to mellow down. Yep, you would’ve guessed the H-word by now, it’s HUMILITY.
If you stock up on humility, you’d be gentler, kinder, nicer to everyone around and to yourself. You’d choose to drop grudges, love and express more, and even turn away from the things that push you to lower vibrational states of discontent.
You’d have heard of the ‘This too shall pass’ story, no? Yep.
Lord Shri Krishna says in the Bhagwad Gita, 2.14
“The nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.”
In case you haven’t heard the ‘This too shall pass’ story, listen to it here narrated by me.
All is well. You are safe. You are healthy. You are vibrant.
I’ll see you again next week with a new post, unless you plan to join me for a live meditation on 29th March(Sunday) on my Instagram page –
Stocking up on G and H,