Do you find it difficult to accept and be grateful when things go wrong? I do, its easy to be grateful when things are going my way but, I often need a reminder to accept and be grateful for everything that is going on - even those bumps in the road! As we have explored over the past weeks, when unwanted things happen it is useful to remember........
As we explored last week those bumps on the road help us to develop virtues such as patience, empathy and compassion.
So I have had a few bumps on the travel road which have included.....
As I mentioned I am feeling very grateful for all the beautiful opportunities I have had to connect with others during this holiday. I am reminded of ......
A mantra can be defined as "a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone's basic beliefs". So what better mantra to be saying than - Thank you, Shukraan, Gracias, or Namaste! We can say this mantra to others as well as ourselves, as we explored in the "Thank you to Past Me' blog. I often find repeating a manta like 'thank you' or a classic one such as 'Om Mani Padme Hum' in my head will put a spanner in the works of more unhelpful thought habits.
Namaste is a Sanskrit word that means 'bowing to you'. It represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us. The gesture of Namaste is an acknowledgement of this spark or soul in one, by the soul in another. Which reminds me of something else I have trying to be mindful of this holiday - Making eye contact with those I meet. As Shakespeare says "Eyes are the window to your soul". We explored this in the 'Creating a Great First Impression - Eye Contact and How to Make it' blog in 2016! Another important way to connect with others is to remember to smile! A smile costs nothing and can totally change yours and others' days for the better. As William Ward says "A warm smile is the universal language of kindness'.
Both Gratitude and connecting with others are wonderful practices to help us overcome feeling down and alone. As I have often said I am very grateful for my morning gratitude practice, my gratitude journal and doing my best to be grateful for whatever pops up.
I am also grateful for the second part of my morning gratitude practice which is to remember impermanence and to do my best to make the most of each and every precious day. This is especially pertinent as I remember with love and gratitude my beautiful, courageous and kind friend and her amazing family. She certainly did her best to make the most of the many challenges she faced. She lived a kind and meaningful life and remains much loved. I am grateful for the many precious times we shared together.
I do hope you all enjoyed a lovely Mother's Day. In case you want to do some more reading - here is last years post - Happy Mothers' Day Everybody! I was going to repost this for this fortnights blog though as you can see I have ended up writing more than ever!
Have a great fortnight! Gratitude, Kind Regards and Best Wishes,