Following from my last blog - Essential Steps to Take Before Losing Weight - I wanted to share with you on a very personal level something that is so simple that will profoundly change your life and decrease stress levels. I know this because this is something I have practiced since I was a young woman.
In my early twenties I was somewhat angry. Without going into too much detail, there was reason to be. But something happened one day while walking on my way to work in London that helped shape my thoughts for the future . I stopped in my tracks on a grey day, exhausted from my thoughts constantly storming around in my brain. The clouds in my head wouldn't clear, or rather they couldn't clear because these negative thoughts had become somehow easy and comforting and I just wasn't even trying to break the cycle. Sound familiar? It was almost like positive thoughts were too much work so I didn't bother.
However, this morning was different. On this morning I stopped and I suddenly thought 'I can't do this to myself any more.. my body and my heart don't deserve this'. I knew I had to do something and these words just stumbled upon me; 'Soul At Peace'. Soul At Peace. I hadn't done anything wrong. I wasn't a bad person. 'I'm a good person and I'm doing ok.. '
I made a deal with myself. Whenever I started to think of all the bad things and the clouds came in, I would say to myself 'Soul At Peace' and I would have to change my thoughts and think of something good. I would FORCE myself to think of something good. It took a lot of discipline. And at the start I could do it for about two minutes and then months later, five minutes. I stuck at it and put up with no excuses. I wasn't achieving anything by thinking about the past or negatively about the future. My brain had just gotten use to this awful path ... WHAT A PATH!! A path I suppose like so many of us constructed in childhood to deal with pain and to protect but serves against you in a lot of ways.
I have practised my words so much that now, when I say to myself, 'Soul At Peace' I can be at peace right away and for a much longer time. I'm still working on it though and I will be for life. I'm happy with my darker side too, I feel it's not a bad thing, but here I'm talking about negativity and not about a healthy amount of darkness. I'm happy I found these words.
Now, these words, you are welcome to use. But you might be surprised if you meditate on it, what words come to you. I would love you to share them if you feel comfortable with that. I would love to know the words that serve you, or words that you serve.
Soul At Peace ;)