My daughter and I were on a walk last week. My daughter started talking about the bus journey to and from school. She said “Mum, did you know that we have a different bus in the mornings now? Did the school tell you about this?”. I replied in the negative.
She went on to tell me about how the bus was not as clean as the one before, how the bus driver did not greet the kids unlike the previous driver etc.
I had a flashback. I told her about my bus travel to school in India in public transport. I spoke about how some of the drivers and conductors (ticket issuers) would be very friendly and help kids find spots for their large bags/back packs on the bus. Some of the seated passengers would also volunteer to hold our bags. I also told her there were some who could be rude and shove the kids and their bags around. I told her I try to only remember attitudes of the wonderful passengers, drivers etc., that crossed paths with me during my school travels.
A light bulb went on for her and she said “So, you mean only think about the good?”. I said “Yes, that’s what you could do”. She agreed to that.
Focusing on what is working or what’s good for us helps us let go of the trauma of thinking about negative things that may have happened to us or around us. Focussing on good also attracts more good.
Give it a go. Try thinking positive. Replace negative thoughts immediately with positive thoughts. Notice how good it feels.
How do you start your day?
Do you jump out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off and get into “the day is here, I have to get through it” mode?
Or do you spend a few minutes smiling to yourself and say “what a wonderful day it is”?
How you wake up will make a difference to your day. If you wake up thinking I need to get through today, no doubt you will get through the day but how is the question. You could get through the day being jumpy all day, rushing to get things done and feel tired at the end of it.
Contrarily if you wake up thinking what a glorious day it is, your day will become glorious. The positivity in you is infectious and Life works to make it glorious for you.
Here a few things you could try to jump-start your day.
As soon as you are awake, smile and say to yourself “What a glorious day”. You could say “I love you” to yourself and really mean it. You could also run through the day in your mind and think positively about the events that you are anticipating to be part of on the day.
You may be thinking that you don’t have time to do this. Consider setting your alarm five minutes earlier than your usual wake up time.
Wake up positively and notice how your day becomes glorious!
Heal Your Life is Louise Hay’s philosophy. Louise Hay is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher and the author of numerous books. Louise’s philosophy is based on “Loving the Self”.
This is not the narcissistic kind of love but, a deeper love that we can all have for ourselves. This is the kind of love that a baby has for himself/herself; where they love themselves as a whole, not in parts.
We were all like that once. Somewhere along the way, we learnt things about ourselves that made us dislike parts of ourselves. We may have conditioned ourselves into believing that our eyes are perfect but if only that nose was not as long as it is!
This is a good time as any to recondition our sub-conscious and program it to work in our favour, not against us. What we put in, we receive. So, let’s learn to love ourselves the way we did when we were babies. Miracles happen.
Try this simple exercise. Find a mirror. Look into your eyes and say “I love you. I really love you”. How do you feel? Notice the thoughts that pass through your mind. Let them fly through while you continue to say to yourself “I love you. I really love you”.