Are you a glass half empty or glass half full person? I would like to think I am the latter but sometimes, especially lately during the lockdown, I have felt as though my glass as been half empty. Having lost both forms of income due to the Corona virus, I did wonder what we were going to do. Then, two things happened. I found the book called THE SECRET which I had bought a few years ago and I came across the practice of PRATISPAKSHA BHAVANAM. Let’s just say things I started to think a lot differently.
HOW TO NEUTRALISE THE NEGATIVE WITH A POSITIVE
This type of practice in yoga is called PRATISPAKSHA BHAVANAM meaning to cultivate the opposite.
In other words - when negative thoughts are worrying you think the opposite with positive thoughts. This applies to mundane experiences (for example, choosing not to be bothered by being stuck in a traffic jam and instead enjoy the audio book that you are listening to in the car) and life-altering events (for example, choosing to see downsizing at work as an opportunity to pursue your true calling). (This was me) it has allowed me to pursue something I have always wanted to do. One, is starting this blog.
Here are some more examples of how we can turn situations around:
Examples: When everyone is feeling anxious and worried, especially during this time of Covid- 19, be a strong and steady rock, help others,
When all are panic buying and hoarding food and other items - be generous - give.
When you feel discouraged or down, that a particular something isn’t working out - cultivate the opposite - think -
What can I do differently? How can I make it more beautiful? Stop, have a coffee, listen to your favourite song, get outside, breath deeply be grateful we are still alive.
THE SECRET - Rhona Byrne
The Secret is a best-selling 2006 self-help book by Rhonda Byrne, based on the earlier film of the same name. It is based on the belief of the law of attraction, which claims that thoughts can change a person’s life directly. The book has sold 30 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 50 languages.
This amazing book has changed so many lives and if you haven’t heard of it, is well worth a read. It encourages the same practice as the above.
The key message of The Secret is that everyone has the ability to create their own reality. In other words, The thoughts inside our mind summons the things happening to us. Basically meaning what you think is what you get. Negativity attracts negativity - positivity attracts positivity. Darkness to light - losing into winning - hating into loving.
Goodness knows we all need something positive in our lives now.
Find it here on amazon.
BOOKS OF WISDOM
In ancient times older women were the keepers of primal mysteries and were revered for their special wisdom. Today our culture is reawakening to the power of our elders and there is a new interest in this important part of our life cycle. This book WISE WOMEN by Joyce Tennson puts a different slant on the ageing process. I for one, can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
WISE WOMEN BY JOYCE TENNESON
Tenneson’s compelling and compassionate portraits are each accompanied by short poignant statements by these remarkable women about the experience of ageing. WISE WOMEN is a heartfelt book that speaks to the grace and wisdom of our elders. No one who sees this book will think about ageing in the same way again.
For this very special book Joyce Tenneson travelled throughout America to photograph and interview women ages 65 to 100. What she found was a revelation - women who were vital, energetic and deeply beautiful inside and out. Many confided in her that they had never been happier or as in touch with their inner self. The eighty portraits in the book are of women from all walks of life, from the famous, such as Sandra Day O’Connor, Julie Harris, Lily Tomlin, Jessica Tandy, Lauren Bacall and Angela Lansbury, to the familiar - our mothers and grandmothers.