My daughter shared an interesting concept with me a few days ago, and I’ve been mulling it over. I don’t remember exactly how she worded it, but the basic idea is that if you want something, you need to toss positive suggestions out into the universe to help make it happen. New age-y, I know, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. Hear me out….
How many of us don’t think twice about letting loose a string of bitches and moans regarding whatever current situation we’re in? Complaining about our jobs, spouses, kids, weight, etc? The catch here is that focusing on the negative situations concentrates the negative energy in our brain, and the unhappiness with the situation grows. The more we think about something, the more it stays with us. Still with me?
So instead, the theory is to try to put a more positive spin on whatever we’re dealing with. For example, instead of dwelling on how much you hate your job, how about tossing out some positive requests to find a new one? Or instead of negative self talk about how big/slow/unhappy you are, maybe try a more gentle approach to the way you see yourself. Toss positive thoughts about yourself out there, and you may start to see them more than the negative ones.
I’ve read that when someone prays, it’s not so much that the prayer itself is answered, but that the actual act of praying focuses the person’s brain on the problem or issue. This focus and quiet meditation can help the brain come up with solutions to the problem that the person may not have thought of before. I’m not much of a praying person per se, but I like the idea of quieting my brain and letting the solutions come.
So I’m trying something new. I’ve been working so hard and concentrating so much on the running aspect of my fitness for several months now. I feel like I need a change of focus, a re-centering, so to speak. So this week I began a 30 days of yoga video series. I love yoga, but I’m not good at it. I’ve very type A, right down to my super tight hamstrings. But the idea of slowing down, breathing deeply, and working out some kinks sounds pretty good right now. I’ll even make myself take the time at the end of each practice to just relax, think, and toss some good juju out for the universe to work with. Can’t hurt, right?