Sometime early on in college, I picked up a cute little book by Barbara Ann Kipfer entitled Self-meditation: 3299 Mantras, Tips, Quotes, and Koans* for Peace and Serenity near the checkout line at Barnes & Noble. I don’t remember being drawn to the cover (pastels are not normally my thing), but I imagine the idea of having so many bite-sized nuggets of positive, spiritual wisdom at my fingertips sold me on the purchase. (Sometimes the new-agey folk can be a bit longwinded. :)) It’s cool to be able to open to any page (since the tips, quotes, and meditations are in no particular order) and gain a little insight right before I leave the house or before bed. (Some of them can be a bit too thought-provoking pre-snooze session though, so I need to be careful or else I end up contemplating existential theories at two in the morning on a work night. Lol.)
Here’s one of the exercises in there that I came across yesterday, which I think could be quite revelatory. I’ll have to add the page number later, as I don’t have the book with me now.
Take in these three parts, noticing (without judging) what you think and how you feel upon doing so.
1) Imagine what it may be like to have no fear, no worry, no stress, no confusion, no one to be angry at, no pressing matters, and nothing to wish or wait for.
2) Invoke an image of yourself as a baby–innocent and carefree.
3) Bring that image and feeling into your life. Look at your life and the people in it without any worry.
Keep in mind, this is merely a contemplation. I don’t believe it’s realistic to think we will never be fearful or stressed. BUT, at the same time, if you have the ability to ENVISION a carefree, happy you, that means you have the potential within you to be this way. I do believe in the Law of Attraction, which to paraphrase, means “what you think about, you bring about.” So while our lives will never be peachy-keen at every moment, I believe we can skew the ratio in our favor by reframing the way we view life.
We don’t HAVE to become jaded as we get older.
We don’t HAVE to look at life as unfair.
We don’t HAVE to be uptight and stressed out all the time.
These are all choices we make.
Just somethin’ to think about. Too deep for a Friday? 😉
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Peace, love, and glamour,
*In case you’re wondering what the heck a koan is, Dictionary.com provides a solid definition: “a paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning to provoke enlightenment”.