A dignity practice — doing your best is enough!!!
No need to try to make enemies, there is a high probability that simply being yourself will make certain people not like you -- congratulations. Now beware not to make an enemy of yourself. Be aware of the tendency of some to create an internal experience highly depressed, repressed and oppressed, yet lacking in the essential Impressed. Do not become the barer of a sight and sense that chooses to deem yourself as enemy. Become your ally, choose to accept your presence, your sight and your truth, not as something or someone others must agree with or respect, but as something or someone you agree with and respect.
If it is too late, and you have already found yourself in an adversarial relationship with your inner life, believe that there are solutions, not simple solutions, however, know that you can do better, know that there are many powerful strategies that can change the reality of your lived experience -- change your now. Are you willing to listen? Are you willing to see past your isolation and independent existence; to those places that if invited into the light of our shared consciousness and interconnected cradle could create more safety, love, happiness, health, freedom, dignity, peace, prosperity, and celebration.
This is your formal invitation into peaceful dignified revolutionary processes. Welcome
Before You by William Arthur Ward
Before you speak or act, listen. Before you read, write, or react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit or try. Do. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give and live.
This is a quote that shows up in so many forms, that I have choosen to create a version of it that incorporates the different versions into one.
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You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. -- Buddha
Today, we want to highlight the BAAAM practice by Seneca Beth Miller of BeJustBodies.com
Lets learn to:
Breathe, acknowledge, accept, affirm and move...
Acknowledge who you see and find folks to help you expand your vision
Find acceptance for the vision of yourself, and do the hard work of finding a way to see the humanity in your movements, by forgiving the missteps, as to move into a space where the mind can embrace affirming messages. Now, find your affirmation in the trouble, the negative thought patterns and perceived problems...I am bad, becomes I am learning to be good, or more direct, I am good...
The question becomes how to do this...the not simple, but effective solution is breath by breath, consistently listening out for the place to BAAAM.
There is another path, to deal with negative, intrusive or difficult thoughts, learn to not take them personally. Like a screen or clouds,, or a conversation in the distance, learn to not take the thoughts personally, even if they feel personal. Have you ever been in a room where someone is telling a story that feels quite like your life, actually it is so much like your experience that high levels of empathy and sensation arise; in that moment we feel a lot, but do not mistake that person's reality for our own. A little insight, a memory of a moment is not actually the moment, it is a phantom, ghost, echo of something that once happened, it is not happening again and it does not require us to accept it as this moment, we can choose and cultivate a relationship to our thoughts that is not personal. Remember, no matter how real the experiwnce of thought and memory feels, it is not as real as the present moment, allow the breath to reinforce the gift that is the present.