With these eyes that are opened, there is love, health, peace and blessings. I wanted to take a moment to think and reflect. The truth is that it is easy to fall into this hate trap because of our human instinct of survival. When we feel that our survival is being threatened or the survival of our species ie: specific populations, we will naturally sway towards the population of interest because of our need to protect the survival of our species. It is instinctual. It is natural. We feel fearful.
Having said this or even coming into an awareness of this knowing, we gain an upper hand, because it serves as a reminder. When this instinct taps in and we begin to hate, feel fearful or think negatively - It reminds us that this is a natural instinct and we have to surpass this to continue to love, to continue to believe that every single life is worthy of being protected.
When we feel a sense of negativity, hate or fear towards populations or people, we don't want this to overcome us at the individual or the level of service to other. We may decide to use this time simply to withdraw and engage in a self - check.
Self - Check
Find a quiet space
Close your eyes
Place your hand on your heart
Affirm "I Am Love"
Say this out loud or just silently in your mind
If you feel a pain in your heart or a sensation in any bodily organ or part, this is an indicator . Your body is telling you to heal this space.
If you feel a sensation it is time to engage in self - care. No matter how busy you are or your life style we must take this time to actively take steps to heal the self.
Exercise Exercise Exercise - Get those energies moving it is the fastest way to move energy in our body pending your strength at the psychological / emotional level, this would be my first recommendation.
Nutritious foods - Eat healthy - You are what you eat
Keep a journal - Journal how you are feeling allows the emotions to come out, instead of the constant ruminating that takes place within the brain
Begin to write creatively - Turn your grief into a creative outlet, express yourself in the form of poetry, this will allow you to explore your emotions.
Become an artist - Buy some canvas and some paints, paint with colours, paint what you feel.
Take warm baths - Engage in self - care, use essential oils, try Lavender or Eucalyptus
Take walks - Go in to spaces of nature, touch trees, breath deeply in these spaces
Exercise - When you feel that you have gained some emotional and physical strength begin to exercise, down load an app from your smart phone, exercise daily for about 10 minutes.
Compile a gratitude list - List all the people, things, your hopes, all the things that make you happy. When we begin to hope, we give life to ourself once more.
So we are all human beings. And human beings are imperfect beings. It is our own imperfections which makes us beautiful. I did the above exercise. I felt pain right at the very center of my heart. It was horrible. I cried because I did not want to feel this way. I was not going to let it. I immediately took time to withdraw and take actions to engage in self - care.
We can only truly give love when we love ourselves. It may sound selfish, but it is not. How can we expect to give love or serve others when we ourselves are not feeling great? We have to take care for the self. Our body is our greatest possession. Love and heal.
"Please Don't Let Hate Infect Your Heart." - Officer Montrell Jackson
Dedication: The words of this being are dedicated to the fallen heroes of the recent shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge. No words can replace the hurt. May you rest with love, in a knowing that you served America.
Slain Baton Rouge Cops Facebook Plea
Slain Officer Had Written About The Turmoil Of The Recent Events - The New York Times
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand - written on July 17th 2016. These thoughts could also be used as we think about children and students. Please share with anyone who feels distressed. This exercise has been adapted from the teachings of Dr. Wayne Dyer.
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Our thoughts, to invite and inspire. With Love & kindness. :)