Updated: Jan 3, 2021
Tonight is all about being positive.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama taught me via one of his books to breathe in the pain and suffering of the world and breathe out joy. In the west we are taught forms of somatic quieting that teach us to breathe in calm and push out our fear or anxiety.
I’m reminded of a church conference I attended years ago. One of the things I came away with was the concept that we’re all connected. From the throne of god to your couch, to my folding chair, the beings that inhabit them are all connected. Why, you may ask, is that relevant? I’m glad you asked.
Think of the space between us as being filled with water, and it’s the water that connects us. When we push forth from ourselves good things, like love and joy, the water is sweet. When we push fourth bad things like fear and anxiety, the water becomes bitter. I’ve found that bitter water makes people bitter.
I strive to put forth the love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, temperance, meekness and faith the world needs to have sweet water. I’m human, so I’m not always successful. I forgive myself and try again.
Find a quiet place and sit comfortably with your hands resting in your lap. Close your eyes and slowly breathe in. As you do imagine that the fear, anxiety and other negative states are being drawn inside and trapped. Blow out love, peace and joy-enough to fill the world. Keep your eyes closed, focus on your breath and the intention to remove negativity and push forth positivity. Do this as often as you can, but particularly if you are feeling anxious.
You’ll be amazed how calming it can be and how much joy you’ll birth in yourself.