Be Well Be Happy

Some of us naturally focus on the good sides of everything, some of us don’t. I can tell you that you will feel so much better in your life if you do get to the place where you really focus on what is positive about any given situation and about any person. There are a couple of practices that could help you to get there.

Practice Daily Gratitude. Say “thank you” for anything that goes right, for anything that makes your life convenient, to anyone with whom you have some issues but acted in a good way or with whom you connected in some simple way (you can even just say this to yourself - because it is the recognition that this person is also “good” that softens you). Warm shower, comfy bed, good food, sun shining, surfing waves. Catching the dish before it crashes, getting a parking spot right outside your destination. Just keep saying “thank you” out loud and/or to yourself. 

Do Everything with Love. Be present in the moment of whatever you are doing, turn the corners of your mouth up in a little gentle smile. Don’t do anything in a rushed way. No matter what, it’s going to take you a certain amount of time to do something; how you do it is what will make the task enjoyable or not and if there is a recipient involved, there is no doubt that the experience will be more filling. “Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love.” - Mother Teresa

Flip the Coin on the Thought. When a negative thought comes up in your mind, flip it to its positive version. Replace the negative thought with a positive one and don’t dwell on either - just move on. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” - Duane Dyer

Some have endured personal traumatic or catastrophic events and my heart goes to you. While the passage of time is a great healer, these practices can give moments of lightness and ease while getting through the difficult process of coming to wholeness again. If you are a person who is just weighed down by what is going on, make a practice of focusing on the positive - it will surely bring you inner peace.

You might ask how I (and Helen, my co-writer for this column) come up with these ideas, thoughts, guidances. Through the practice of yoga and all that is in the yoga tradition, you get to look within yourself, read the traditional texts that offer peaceful ways of living, tune in to the spiritual leaders’ teachings (Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hahn, Elkhart Tolle, and many others), poets and inspirational people whose focus is to give us the light to live full, positive lives. We are messengers!

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be compassionate. May you be grateful.  May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

By  Paulette Mancuga 

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