As we all know, it’s not pretty out there these days. There is more than enough negativity, vitriol and fear to go around. The world can be a rough and tumble place. There have always been menacing and darker forces in the world. Maybe one day they’ll be gone, in the meantime we need to learn to manage them.
It’s the sheer force of violence we’re actually up against. We’re confronted with regularly learning about violent acts coupled with a president who uses violent language to gain media attention and court his base. Like I said, it’s not pretty.
Research has shown that viewing tragic or horrifying images damages us because those images become imprinted in our psyche. As the saying goes, you can’t unsee something.
We can feel assaulted by these strong images and hurtful language, and we are. It’s best that we recognize that. You wouldn’t expose a young child to something that would give him or her nightmares would you? Then why expose yourself to more negativity than you can handle? We need to assert some control in an environment that keeps trying to convince us we don’t have any control over it.
The first thing to do is learn to turn away. The more we turn our eyes and minds from the repetition of dark news stories, or the yammering of the dark president, the better off we will be. I’m not suggesting we bury our heads in the sand, just that we learn when to turn away. Sooner rather than later would be best. Personally, I never look at violent images of any kind and I monitor the amount of negative language I am subjected to. I don’t mess around with this stuff. It is the definition of toxic.
You know the idea that where your mind goes your body follows? It suggests that what you focus on manifests internally for you. As an example, you may have experienced being overly worried about something and found you lost your appetite or maybe you started to binge eat. Your body responded to your state of mind. Both are you, but one holds a strong influence over the other.
What you think often determines how you feel. If you focus on the violence in the world by absorbing it through media and conversation, both your body and your emotions will feel the burden of that indulgence. Moving your mind to a more balanced and peaceful place not only frees your mind, your body and emotions will follow, allowing you to create a conscious environment that will reflect the best of you, not the craziness in our world.
Basically this is about living from a more loving, rather than a more fearful, place.
There is a balance here, I know. We’re not talking about turning completely away from the world, but we are looking at not getting sucked into all of it. If you want to move through your life from a loving place you will need to give yourself a loving place to start from. That place is one filled with thoughts that you create from the abundance of love that does exist in the world.
One way to do this is to create a love mantra—a word or phrase that expresses love—and repeat it as much as you can. Silent repetition is usually best unless you’re alone. Fill your mind with a love mantra and you will see that you will experience far less stress and much more joy. It will help protect you from our Mad Hatter world.
Here’s a Rumi quote that makes a nice love mantra:
I am not a drop in the ocean. I am the entire ocean in a drop.
But you could use anything. Even the word ‘love’ or the phrase ‘I am love’ repeated at a moderate pace would definitely do the trick.
Use one of these suggestions or come up with your own and begin your regime of self-protection today with your personal love mantra. You’ll feel the love.