Point blank truth right there I reckon. It feels good to think that way too. The proverbial rolling of the ball in the right direction.
I love the idea of positive thinking having a real affect in and of the world. The way I’m feeling and thinking is everything to me in a way. I’m a cancer though. How it feels is the world to me.
If I’m sad, the way I experience the world tends to be sad. When I’m happy the world still has pain but the choice to suffer is resisted. I tend to be happy and see happy things. What I see as a “sad experience” tends to have greater depth behind it allowing me to see from a position of greater overview.
Maybe Forrest would say: … Happy is as Happy does.
I would like to challenge myself and anyone else who would like to make a positive affirmation first thing every morning. I’m thinking the best way for me to do this is to begin each day in the dharma of practice. The mornings I teach Yoga will be easy. Setting a sankalpa is one of the first things we do every class.
Hmmm, the other mornings it’s usually a coffee. A ritual in and of it self. It would be nice to put a little ceremony in to that.
I do often say when ritual becomes habitual it is no longer Bhakti. It is no longer a devotional practice, but instead more a habitual behavior, addiction, an attachment, etc. If I follow up ritual coffee with my personal Yoga Practice I would be grounding my energy into positive energy experiences everyday rather than a less mindful manner of day initiation.
These days are strange indeed. Sometimes it is very difficult to see much joy. That is a challenge. It is a call to find a purpose in this madness. That is why the morning happy smile about something for a second challenge is on. Each morning will be different. Some come with an overflow of smiles and others are a melancholic desert of sorrow with smiles a mirage in the distance.
Let the morning smile challenge begin… Even if just taking a few moments to take deep balanced inhales with equal exhales finding happy thoughts is your way to do it. Find a way to imagine something nice to you. There is no such thing as wasted effort…