This traffic isn’t going anywhere but how liberating to not be “stuck” in the “mental traffic” of “this is so annoying…”
Upon my friend sending me the image above I wanted to share some thoughts on traffic.
Traffic can be very frustrating. And lately I’ve been running into a lot of it, So when my friend sent me the view from the traffic jam she was stuck in it got me thinking about actual traffic jams, in addition to mental traffic jams, or, when we get confused, feel a lack of direction, feel unable to move and make things happen.
This picture reminded me of a great savior, for BOTH types of traffic…
While in traffic, say, to yourself, or out loud, “LIFE IS GOOD!” and then proceed to add in some things that you are grateful for. This is a great way to channel ones mental energy away from frustration and into a more positive place.
So the takeaway message is: Even in traffic, life is good.
1) In yourself…
What are you good at? What makes you feel good? What brings you the most joy? What makes you laugh? In addition to your strengths, hobbies, passions, hopes, and dreams.
Taking time to think about the goodness in you can help promote self love and self acceptance, in addition to boosting your confidence, and keep your self-critical sense at bay.
2) In the people you care about…
What are they good at? What about them makes you happy to have them in your life?
Taking time to notice the goodness in the people you care about will enhance your relationships, and give you a deeper sense of appreciation for those around you.
3) In your surroundings…
What have you seen around you lately that has brought a smile to your face? It can be anything, including an act of kindness, a billboard with an uplifting message, a book, an article, a work of art, nature, ect…
Taking time to see the goodness in your surroundings will open your eyes to the best things in life. The goodness that surrounds us always just waiting to be discovered.
Thinking about all of these daily will help you train your mind to see the goodness in almost all people/situations/environments. Focusing on the goodness will make life’s ups more enjoyable and life’s downs more bearable, because at the end of the day its all about your attention and where you put it.
May you always be aware of the goodness inside of you and around you.
Excerpt from “A Primer in Positive Psychology” by Christopher Peterson:
Imagine the final moments of your life and how you might take stock of how you had lived. This exercise formalizes the request. Think ahead to your life as you would like it to be and how you would like to be remembered by those closest to you. What accomplishments would they mention? What personal strengths would they enumerate? In short, what is your legacy?
This is not the occasion to be modest or flip. But neither is this the occasion to indulge in a fantasy. Hopes and dreams have a way of not coming true unless we do something to make them happen. Look back over what you’ve written, and ask yourself if you have a plan that will bring about your legacy that is realistic and within your power. And more to the point, are you enacting this plan in your present life?
To me, yoga is not just moving on the mat, but a way of moving through life. Practicing yoga is a means to living a happier and more fulfilling life, if we are able to take the principles learned on the mat, off the mat.
In yoga we are taught to listen to our breath, honor our bodies, and pay attention to our reactions. Those principles harbor the ability to carry us through our days, making the good days greater and the bad days bearable.