The message with the image opposite is often a very challenging thing to do, as it really is easier to blame something or someone else for your troubles. However, in my experience, the best peace comes from doing exactly this.
When something goes wrong, the first place I try to look is in the mirror. When my children were younger and misbehaving or having troubles, Wayne Dyer taught me the first place to look was in the mirror. Their behaviour was usually a reflection of something we were doing, or not doing! Many times, it was a resounding OUCH!!
I’ve been trying to refocus my mind on being more positive, and on my twitter I’m up to Day 4 of being happier or more peaceful, less sad and bereaved. It is slowly working, and the best tip I have learnt in years was from a program on SBS the other night, ‘Pain and pleasure’.
The presenter was interviewing people in Edinburgh, supposedly the city where people are the unhappiest in Britain. He asked them how they felt, and most were less than enthusiastic. He then took a pencil and asked each person to hold it between their teeth. Within moments, they were smiling, and then laughing.
This trick forces the muscles we use to smile into action, and quite quickly, we feel more cheerful. And as it is Friday, I wish you a wonderful weekend. And if you’re feeling miserable… go and find a pencil!