“Our minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influences everything; perception, cognition, thoughts and feelings, personal relationships; they’re all a projection of you.” Deepak Chopra
This is a fantastic Deepak Chopra quote about how your world reflects you. It is powerful to keep in the front of your mind that everything you see in others (both positive and negative) is in you – otherwise you wouldn’t be able to see it.
Fascinating… when you really think about it!
In other words, if it has come into your consciousness it is you. What you recognise outside yourself is what you are inside, otherwise how would you know what it was?
If you are seeing beauty and greatness in another, that is in you. Likewise, if you are placing a judgement or having a strong negative reaction, that is also in you.
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” C.G. Jung
It is time we got conscious of what’s at the unconscious.
I have witnessed, and at times experienced, a strong reaction to an event or a person which was out of proportion to what really happened/was happening.
When you are having a strong reaction to someone it is important to ask yourself:
- “Is my reaction in proportion to the event?”
- “What do I need to learn here about myself from this event?”
- “What am I not admitting to myself?”
- “What action do I need to take to move forward more positively?”
- “How can I express compassion to myself and others right now?”
I have devised a short activity to assist you in seeing your greatness and the greatness of others.
Step 1: List ten people in your life (family, friends, work colleagues etc) plus your own name in a journal or on a blank piece of paper – leaving about 5 lines between each name.
- Put everything down
- Sit so you are not touching anyone or anything else
- For 5 minutes (set the timer at the start of the 5 minutes) focus on your mindful breathing
- Eyes can be open or closed
- Count each breath in up to 10 (first breath in: 1, second breath in: 2, third breath in: 3 etc.)
- Once you reach ten begin the count again
- If at any time you forget where you are up to begin again at one
- When breathing, breath in through your nose and out through your mouth
Step 3: At the end of the five minutes of mindful breathing. List two positive attributes for each person listed – including yourself.
Tip (this is important): it must be written in the positive i.e. Mary is xxxxxxxx rather than Mary is not xxxxxxxx
I hope you take the time to experience this exercise and begin to become aware of your thoughts, the judgement you are placing onto others – and what this message is feeding back to you.
Remember, every thought impacts the neural pathways in your brain, therefore it is time we focused on more good than bad, more positive than negative, more happy than sad, more joy than pain.
Love and light,