Over the last weekend, I was able to put my teachings and everything I learn into practice I have to admit, I struggled. Every day I make the conscious choice to live joyously and with peace. Some days are harder than others. I have a wonderful, encouraging and loving support system in my husband and children, and as always they were there to help me along and remind me of all to appreciate in life.
I have so much to be thankful for, and yet I let things get to me sometimes. I give my power away, and that is so toxic. It happens to all of us, and it is how we get out of it that matters. In Buddhism, I am taught to sit with the emotions, don’t judge them sit with them. I made a choice at one point to not hide or judge the way I was feeling, but to just sit with it. And then eventually you see that it is just no big deal in the big picture of life. That lesson is sacred, Buddhism has taught me to be okay with how I feel no matter what that is. Which makes today easier to look back and say, it is okay that you let it get to you but it is time to move on. That is so incredibly empowering to me.
I have the opportunity in my life to stand tall, and to choose joy over any thing in the past. I have also surrounded myself with people who help me move forward and who encourage my strength and joy. My daughter is one of those people. I am so grateful for how close we are, and she so brilliantly pointed out that the one thing we have that people can’t touch is our happiness. We are a happy family that loves life, and we enjoy every day together. And she is so right, we have created a joyous environment in our home and with each other. Fights don’t happen in our home, we laugh, we are peaceful, and we are surrounded by love. I consciously made the decision to not have toxic relationships filled with anger, resentment and bitterness. For this I am eternally grateful for this life. So make the conscious choice to not have anger or bitterness in your life....choose joy and choose peace. Once you choose it, practice it each day. Even when you are sitting with negative thoughts, or you just feel like retreating from the world. Be kind to yourself, don’t judge your thoughts, practice maitri. Namaste :)