A simple exercise to shift from negative news and politics to a peaceful heart and a positive mind.
“I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” Mother Teresa
Anti-ISIS, Anti-Immigration, Anti-Police, Anti-Poverty, Anti-Blacks, Anti-Clinton, Anti-Trump. Regardless of the topic, it’s exhausting to read and listen to everyone, from citizens to “experts,” broadcasting hate. This “Anti-Everything” energy is not only unproductive; it’s also destructive to our society.
There is a spiritual principle which states, “Thoughts become things.” Essentially, what you channel the most thought energy into manifests in your life. This principal is beneficial when focus is placed on something positive, like having a loving relationship. Yet, destruction ensues when energy swells in what you don’t want — for it too will come to fruition.
Sparking positive momentum and meaningful change starts with declaring what we favor instead of ranting about the evils of the world. Perhaps the world wants to stay angry and opposed, but that doesn’t mean we have to. It’s simple to change your thoughts and direct your energy into a worthwhile manifestation.
Here is an exercise you can do right now to manifest positive change:
— Think of something you are against, like ISIS. — Ask yourself why you oppose ISIS. For example, they murder those who are not like them. — Close your eyes, take a deep breath expanding your belly and hold it for a few counts. Exhale and relax. — Now, let your inner voice speak. Ask yourself what you would prefer instead of this violence. For example, kindness and compassion come to mind. — Great! Next time you hear Anti-ISIS, practice your affirmation: I am pro-kindness and compassion.
The world needs these higher, kinder thoughts now more than ever, and positive steps forward start with people like us being intentional about our thoughts, breath, and movement.