When we get upset our body begins to experience physical changes, stress hormones flood the system, as our body prepares for “fight” or “flight” . (As you can see “Be Nice” is not a priority)
It is times like these that we really need our yoga!
Patanjali says that when you find yourself approving of, reacting to, or acting in a negative way immediately follow it up with something equally positive or remove yourself from the situation. In this way we stop the negative thoughts, words, and actions before they gain momentum.
Now I know this may sound a bit silly at first, but try it, it really does work!
At the very least you will not be as quick to say something you will later regret.
Don’t allow others to draw you in with negative talk either. Follow up their negative comments with positive ones and see how long “Negative Ned or Nancy” keep talking to you.
If you find yourself unable to immediately find a positive thought, take a time out. Read something inspiring, take a walk, hang with people who love you. You may find that petty inclinations simply dissolve when you give yourself space to breathe.
“A patient mind is the best remedy for trouble.” – Plaut
We like things to happen fast!!! When they don’t we get agitated, we just want to get on with it already! Have you ever been in such a hurry that you imagined a problem that wasn’t there and in trying to “fix” it actually created a real problem? If you are like me and the other 99.9% of the humans, the answer is yes!
Yoga teaches us to pause in those moments where you feel your blood pressure rising, the old samskaras (habits) taking hold and say “Ommmmmm”
okay,..no I’m kidding (but I had to make sure you were actually listening and hadn’t gotten distracted!)
The Yoga Sutras says “The pain that has not yet happened is avoidable.”
How you ask?
Let’s face it, you aren’t doing yourself any favours by running out to meet your troubles halfway.
Patience young grasshopper!
Breathe. Meditate. Yoga. ..Ahhhhh…
Be patient, everything happens as it should.