With such misery in the news all around us it’s easy to be down in the mouth, frustrated and moany. Not only does this make us difficult company, but it depletes our prana (life force or energy).
Try your best to look on the bright side and accept that life has its ups and downs and there is very little you can do to control the situation. The saying ‘go with the flow’ is absolutely right – we have to flex and bend in the breeze just like the trees.
The winter is a time for hibernation and reflection so why not give some time over to those things? Last year I spent ‘A year with Rumi’ (the book) and can highly recommend reading 1 poem each day for reflection and contemplation…
By accepting our emotions, we can learn to live with them and not allow them to eat up our energy. This can be put to much better use for healing, wellbeing, and restorative purposes. Plus trying to be a better person to those that you love and hold dear.
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Here’s a list of 7 things to avoid so that your valuable prana keeps brimming over
1 Worrying – it’s a terrible habit. It can be good to ‘have a word with yourself’ and simply say STOP WORRYING. Reason with that part of yourself that wants to feel anxious – is there really anything you can do about it???
“Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
2 Holding onto things that happened in the past – it’s what happens now that matters most.
3 Checking your phone – put your phone on silent (or better still in another room) – have set times to answer messages and emails. This is far more efficient use of your time than being interrupted every few minutes checking out the latest photo or video.
4 Taking things too personally – it’s just not about you. Chill – it’s probably all about them.
5 Complaining – no one wants to listen to people moaning. Try to project positivity and lightness all around you like a lamp. People will really appreciate you for it.
6 Over thinking – you know yourself when you have had something on your mind for too long, it’s like a stuck record just going over and over. You have probably talked excessively about it too. If you have difficulty taking your mind off something try to build up a collection of special things maybe in a box – like treasures that will spark some deep emotion to alter the path of your thoughts. Perhaps a photograph, picture favourite book of poems. Alternatively you could do a playlist of music that lifts your spirits.
7 Procrastinating – “don’t put off ‘til tomorrow what you can do today”. Simple but true -empowering and endearing. If you have promised to do something for someone don’t put it off. If you need to do your tax, get on with it. Often, the more we procrastinate the more we keep doing it – simply the idea of tasks builds up in our minds. Man-up and get those tasks off your to-do list.
Remember that a regular yoga practice will help you to stay healthy, giving you both physical and mental strength to face whatever life throws at you. You can join me online from anywhere that has WiFi – it would be fantastic have you. Perhaps try out the Beginners Course if you are new to yoga.