Five simple words that are life-changers. Here they are:
Breathing is calming. It’s beneficial to take some time every day to focus on your breath. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Do it three times for a mini-break or do it for 20 minutes for a real meditation. The health benefits of breathing —calming ourselves really–are well known, and it’s a little thing, easy to do. Very easy. So why not do it?
Each of us wants to be heard, that’s all. Don’t you think that’s true? All of our relationships get better when we simply listen to what the other person is saying. Active listening, with the intent of understanding, not half-listening as we prepare our own response. On this I am a work in progress. You?
I once read that holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Ain’t it the truth! Forgiveness is a process, I have learned by my own life. We don’t get there by simply saying that we forgive someone. We actively work on it. This could well be the hardest thing to do, because hurt and pain are powerful things. It’s easy to hold on to them. But we don’t have to live with that poison coursing through our veins. Forgive. Work at it, and it will come. I promise.
Love is everything. Love is all there is, in the end. Love yourself, love your family, love your friends, love your pets, love nature, love animals. Love the world. Love makes everything better, don’t you think?
Maybe you don’t have spiritual beliefs. Well, consider this: A belief in something greater than ourselves is a logical response to appreciating the world around us. How did it get here? Something had to start it all off, it didn’t start from nothing at all.
And why are we here? It’s only logical that our complex society developed for a reason. It didn’t just happen. For me, the existence of a higher power just makes sense.
So that’s it. The five words I believe are life-changers.
What would you add to my list?