How’s 2014 going for you?
Sorry, but now we’re into it; 2014 looks to be starting off as another challenging year for many.
Can mindful breathing with mantras, gathas or affirmations change this?
Last Monday, 20th January, is known as ‘Blue Monday’.
According to the Bristol Observer, it’s the ‘gloomiest, most depressing day of the year‘.
So if this week didn’t have the best start, don’t worry, you’re not alone.
“The first few months of 2014 are about integration and clearing.
Integrating the old and gracefully clearing the new
is a simultaneous CoCreative process.”
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If we feel like we’re in difficult, shifting times where it’s difficult to find our footing. It’s important to be able to stop, take a moment, and just breathe.
Mindful breathing gives us a much needed break from our worries.
It’s a relaxing and restorative activity. Highly recommended. (Perfect for the upcoming Mercury retrograde too ;~)
Conscious breathing allows us to re-connect with our peaceful mind inside; so we can let go of the old, and allow the new to be integrated into our life without grasping onto results.
Trusting this process allows us to flow into peace.
But a busy mind will seriously interrupt this process.
The devil on our shoulder can prevent us from even going there.
So what to do? Change our self-talk
Using a mantra adds that spark of magic, a gatha can bring us back to where we are, or a favourite affirmation gives us the impetus we need.
Anchoring our wild mind to our breath is a very effective remedy for feeling blue.
Replacing that critical inner voice with a favourite mantra, gatha or affirmation can really help too.
This can be whatever makes us feel peaceful, powerful, centred and loving. Unless they’re set, the words are up to us. It’s focussing on them that counts. Always using the words ~ thought, whispered or even spoken or quietly chanted or sung ~ to bring us back home to a quieter place in our mind.
Neuroscience tells us that ‘neurons that fire together wire together‘ which means that we actually change our brains by what we think. Changing our brains changes our thoughts, behaviors, habits, and destinies.
Decades before MRI brain scans, Gandhi said,
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny”
In that the words we say to ourselves do indeed become our actions, it is so important to be mindful of how we speak to ourselves.
Like Ghandi said, it’s destiny we’re creating here.
This is the first of a few posts exploring the kind and constructive way in which we can do this:
Mantras are protection. From a Buddhist point of view, they are a means of asking Buddha for help.
Minfulness gathas bring our mind back to the present moment, to peace.
Affirmations are positive statements that affirm the reality we wish to create and stabilize.
What are your favourite types of positive self-talk? How do they help?
Do share! ⤵
✿ Everyday Gurus: The Neuroscience of Peace
by Kozo Hattori
Somerset Levels: the Independent
AA Gabriel: devinemiracles
Quote fromYT video: Archangel Gabriel: 2014 – The New Harmonics of Light and Sound
Butterfly graphic via positivebutterflies.com
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Ghandhi quote from Everyday Gurus: The Neuroscience of Peace
by Kozo Hattori