Monday, April 26, 2010

take a coffee break from hell

Why is it so easy to be sucked in by misfortune and hardship? Is there a way to love yourself through the worst times?

A modest proposal: Take a coffee break from hell. This can be hard to do, since you have to remember to do it. But . . . politely excuse yourself from the wildebeest you're wrestling with, call a truce, and make yourself something warm and comforting to drink (excuse me while I do this right now).

Take a comfortable seat somewhere (maybe in a sunny window), and slow down your breathing for even just three minutes, if that's all you're able to spare. Notice pleasant things around you in the space (sun, flowers, interesting sounds, does something smell good?) Keep some comforting objects close by for just these moments (touchy-feely objects are good, such as a favorite stone, seashell, something that feels good in your hand). The idea is to get out of your own worrying mental loop for a few minutes. Oh, there is more to life than just the BIG problem. Hmmm. Make room for fresh answers and new solutions to come in.

Oops, three minutes are up. Where's that wildebeest? Let's go.

Monday, April 19, 2010

positive affirmations and rice experiment

Am I the last person to have viewed the many youtube videos featuring replications of the "rice experiment" featured in the short Masaru Emoto documentary Messages from Water? Just in case I'm not, this post contains a few links for the curious.

People are invited to put into two glass jars two scoops from the same batch of cooked rice. Over a period of 30 days, the experimenters speak kindly to one batch and speak harsh words to the other.

The results? Here's an example.

The original 38-minute documentary, Messages from Water, shows Emoto's experiments revealing that words that are spoken to water affect its crystalline structure when water is frozen. For the full documentary, here's a link to part 1 (with the other three parts very easy to access from the choices on the right side of the page).

Interested in making your own "hado water," or positive-vibrationally charged water? Here are some instructtions.

Monday, April 12, 2010

"when confronted with difficulty, take an action, no matter how small"

This quote from BKS Iyengar gives me strength, because anyone can act on this wisdom, no matter how discouraged or tired one may be. Take an action, no matter how small. If it doesn't matter how small the first step is, then anyone can do it. Just take the first tiny step and see where it leads.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

“sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy”

I love this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh, and this time of year, it's so easy to look for opportunities to let go of worry and smile. After a long and dreary winter, I've been taking time to walk outdoors and hug a few trees like the beautiful cherry tree in this post.

It's a very good time of year to wrap your arms around a tree and share its life energy. Surprisingly, no one stares at you, so don't be afraid to try it!