Posts Tagged ‘Affirmations’

an old koan about a monk and Anger!

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excerpt from “Everyday Zen” by Charlotte joko Beck

“There is an old koan about a monk who went to his master and said,

“I’m a very angry person, and I want you to help me.”

The master said, “Show me your anger.”

The monk said, “Well, right now I’m not angry. I can’t show it to you.”

And the master said,

“Then obviously it’s not you, since sometimes it’s not even there.”

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my two cents: Emotions are ephemeral, fleeting and transparent, I am so much more than that.

Why not be grateful instead of angry?

Why not be kind instead of feeling sorry for ourself?

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Develop a curious mind

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Al Siebert trumpets the benefits of having a curious mind as one of the core traits in his book “Survivor Personality”.

A curious, creative mind helped survivors entertain themselves under life threatening circumstances.

Nando Parado in “The Miracle in the Andes” credited his mantra, “As long as I have a breath, I will die one step closer to my father” as sustaining him in toughest times.

The other 16 thought he was crazy. They lived because of his creative mind and incredible desire to think about living, taking action in the midst of their total surrender.

Two more examples: Two Vietnam vets demonstrated what a creative mind does to stay neutral or positive.

One vet created exotic menus for a high class restaurants. Detailed recipes were invented in an attempt to lesson his hunger.

The other vet created a detailed lumber list for building a house he designed. Detailed, down to every last nail.

Prisoners, being captive, held in isolation, creates a situation where the mind either destroys us or saves our sanity and freedom.

A Curious mind is positive, freer, more expansive.

Curious minds seem to be more intuitive, open to searching outside the box.

My meditation/mindfulness practice has freed my mind of varying degrees of worry, doubt, and negative emotion.

This freed up time has been focused on observing and wonderment.

Wonderment is what a child sees or feels when he/she experiences something new for first time. The cognitive thinker has nowhere to file or even define what is observed.

That momentary amazement we call wonderment.

Also referred to as Beginners Mind, seeing, feeling life through the eyes of a child is our goal.

Everything is new, we never surrender to the boredom of repetive chores, work, personal interaction.

I experience doing laundry as a present action, neutral, or with purpose.

My practice has given laundry duties a purpose. Paying attention, hanging up everything neatly, gives me joy.

I am making sure my grandkids look their best.

Laundry was a chore, something where speed to get finished was the primary goal.

Now, doing laundry is completed with no time involved.

I find myself inside the task, mind clear, at ease and focused somehow on the boring chore.

Wish I had this kind of success with other chores (Dishes).

Where does focus and freedom enter your world?

Could be gardening, cooking, a hobby, yoga, a musical instrument, etc.

The mind craves being empty, letting our curiosity run free for short periods of time as an ante for being happy.

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Affirmations work

Pixabay: Nasalune-FcK

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In this moment right now, I am capable of letting the noise go, I can shower myself with approval.

Say out loud to engage more of the mind.

Record ten affirmations then play back during the day.

Before bed push play again.

Small repetitive, immediate actions move mountains.

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Be your own Life coach

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Change these behaviors: We eat for a few reasons, to avoid starvation, health and enjoyment. A healthy diet and moderation makes sense.


Three times a week enjoy some rigorous aerobic exercise. At least 30 to 60 minutes a workout. If you have energy yoga or resistance training are wonderful.


Practice meditating a minimum of 15 minutes a day. Bring energy, focus and gratitude to this soothing gift. Apply the awareness you have built during the day.

 

Calm the mind and try to release your stress.

 

Can you inspire yourself? Can you approach these challenges with a deep passion. I chose three areas to work on. You can add finances, shopping, planning, etc.

 

One of the greatest benefits of having a life coach is the demand for action. Many more people would heal if they took daily action.

 


Look at your practice with gratitude. Make a schedule to hold yourself accountable.
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An Affirmation

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In this moment, right now, I accept and approve of myself.

 

I surround myself with a soothing wall of kindness.

 

Life is a gift to be celebrated.
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Look in the mirror—-say to yourself “——————”

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“Do no Harm”

 

Never say anything negative about yourself,

 

Never entertain an unworthy thought

 

Let doubt and worry go, lessen their impact on your life.

 

Always practice your daily affirmations!

 

In this moment, right now, I approve of me.

 

I accept all of me, the good and not so good,

 

my strengths and weaknesses,

 

my Triumphs and losses.

 

In this moment, right now,  I am completely worthy.

 

 

Merry Christmas
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Affirmations change self image

 

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In this moment right now, I approve of me. I am a kind, giving soul, helping others.


A little more involved: In this moment right now, I strive to approve of  me, the perfect and imperfect, the exciting and mundane, the good and bad. I strive with all my might to let go of judgment and thought, to embrace this present moment entirely.

 

Repeat this affirmation out loud as it engages more areas of the mind.

 

Record multiple affirmations for playback during the day and before bed.

 

Remember the mind responds best to simple, concrete and immediate tasks best.

 

Sit in front of a mirror and look yourself in the eye as you repeat your affirmation out loud.

 

I thought my affirmation was a lie at first, I felt I was talking to a stranger, me!

 

Within a month things had begun to change.

 

Things will arrive organically, through the body not in words or thought.

 

Self image, self-worth is a vital condition in our pursuit of happiness.
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