As Thich Nhat Hanh explains in his book peace is every step, “Every time we practice mindful living, we plant healthy seeds that will strengthen the healthy seeds all ready in us”.
We cultivate a garden full of negative and positive seeds within us but as we practice mindfulness our already positive seeds become more abundant and take care of the negative ones.
“Each of us need a reserve of seeds that are beautiful,healthy and strong enough to help us during difficult moments.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
We can continue our practice of morning rituals, the grateful project, turning down the noise and purposeful breathing to help us become more aware of the present moment in each day. But this week lets add some mindful language to our practice.
Our days are busy and energy can become stretched. We find it hard to find some balance and we notice that small things and the people we love can sometimes be on the end of our frustrations. Our language changes and over time it becomes the norm. The voices of our negativity become our lives and starts to weigh on you and everyone around you. Words can be powerful so use them wisely.
By changing our language we can activate a positive change, not just for yourself but for the people around you too.
Heres how we can start to plant the seeds of positivity.
Always bring your attention back to the breath. When things start to build up give yourself time to breathe before you speak. (purposeful breathing is good for this)
Count down from 10. 10 seconds of centering will give your mind a chance to listen to yourself gently before speaking.
Do all things with love! Remember this mantra. Is what you are about to say or how you may be saying it come only from love.
Choice to practice full awareness in the presence of your loved ones. This may mean to switch off all devices and make a conscious connection with your friends in that moment. Really see your loved ones deeply.
Use this week to set the tone of positive language by making a commitment to be free of judgment for yourself and others, be aware and speak from love. You will notice your body language change and the response from others overwhelmingly addictive. Trust in your storehouse of positive seeds and smile.