The words that we choose to describe our lives are more important than we could possibly imagine. “I am” statements have a particularly powerful energy to them. When I hear someone say, “I am pitiful, or I am hopeless, or I am never going to get better.” I always think, “I wish that you would stop saying that. You are perpetuating the very thing that you don’t want!’
Words are literally calling into being our experiences of life and attracting to us the essence of what we are saying and feeling. So the biggest question that I get is, “Then how can I honestly talk about what is going on with my life, the things that I want to change and make better if I shouldn’t say that I am having a hard time with something? Isn’t that just denial?” It is true, that it won’t change anything to simply stop talking negatively about your life, if you are still thinking the same old thoughts. Words are thoughts first.
Putting things in past-tense statements as often as possible by saying, “Up until now, I have had a struggle with…..” or “I used to feel bad about………..” can be really helpful with this. This simple change of language, starts to change our belief about the situation, and when our beliefs change, our lives do too.
“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him“. Buddha
Happy Bodhi Day to all (and Fran is the winner of the kitty blanket!)