“There are two ways our bodies develop immunity to a virus:
either by infection or by immunization.
If what hurt you didn’t break you, consider it a flu shot.
It was painful and perhaps caused fever,
but it has helped you develop the requisite immunity
so you don’t get the full-blown flu.
Everyone who has hurt you taught you a lesson about pain
so that you could become more compassionate.
Material and emotional adversities often bring spiritual gain.
And then there are situations in which someone’s mistake
or even intentional harm turns out to be beneficial.
A nepotistic leader, a biased manager, a disengaged worker,
an incompetent assistant, an envious loved one,
an unpredictable friend, a rude neighbor—
all of these evoke anger.
But consider the possibility that they may have helped you
in ways you aren’t aware of.
I have endured all of the personalities
just mentioned at some point in my life,
and they have all helped me in ways I couldn’t have predicted.
Nepotistic, biased, disengaged, and incompetent people
pushed me away from the status quo into pursuing newer challenges;
envious, unpredictable, and rude people helped me seek newer relationships.
Today I truly feel grateful for all the mean people in my life.
Gratitude washes away anger.”
Amit Sood, from Mindfulness Redesigned for the Twenty-First Century
Breathing in, give thanks for your eyes.
Breathing out, allow your eyes to relax.
Let go of the tension in your eyes….
Allow your eyes to rest….
Send love and gratitude to your eyes.
Breathing in, bring your awareness to your mouth.
Breathing out, give thanks for your mouth.
Release the tension around your mouth….
Your lips are the beauty of the sun
Let a gentle smile bloom on your lips….
Smiling releases the tension in the hundreds
of muscles in your face….
Feel the tension release in your cheeks…
Breathing in, give thanks to your shoulders.
Breathing out, allow your shoulders to relax.
Let them sink into the floor….
Let all the accumulated tension flow into the floor….
Breathing in, give thanks to your arms.
Breathing out, relax your arms.
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