With all the challenges so many citizens of the world are facing right now, this message feels very pertinent.
Nina and Anna want to share these thoughts of comfort and support from the intro of their book for those in harms way and their loved ones to Feel Good No Matter What.
Being happy is the cornerstone of all that you are! You can choose the thought that makes you worry or the thought that makes you happy; the things that thrill you, or the things that worry you. You have the choice in every moment. --Abraham-Hicks
“Feel good no matter what!” We offer this as our mantra not from a place of shallow rainbow platitude but from the deep personal understanding that everyone has the ability to find relief from negativity by opening awareness and shifting perspective. It sounds so simple that it borders on trite or unimportant when, in fact, the power of this concept is formidable.
On September 12, 2001, when the world began to slowly release the collective horror-filled gasp drawn so painfully the day before, I (Anna) was working for the aerospace company that built the planes involved in that mass destruction. Just before my work group convened that day, the company had announced it would lay off 30,000 employees. We were a sad, sorry lot walking into what felt like a room of doom, each of us imagining our own personal tragedy yet to come, when our Project Manager began to speak. “You know,” he said, “my experience has been that whenever I have lost a job it has led to something amazing. When I lost my job as a banking executive, my marriage fell apart but I found a new career, and I ended up connecting with the true love of my life.”
I realized that I had a similar experience to share: the layoff from my first grown-up job after college also led me directly to marrying the love of my life. One by one, every person in the room added a story of positive transformation that began with a job loss. While not a thing had changed in the world situation, we left the room feeling hope and positive expectation for outcomes that would feel good—no matter what. Our collective vibration of positive energy spiraled upward like a phoenix from the ashes.
According to http://tinybuddha.com/, life isn’t good or bad; it just is. Things happen, and we tell ourselves a story. Despite the details that spark it, we can vibrate in a way that feels good, or we can go down in the dumps and feel bad. How we feel is directly related not to the actual event, but to the story in which we wrap it. The familiar Taoist story of the old farmer illustrates this point beautifully. See the Taoist Story below.
Science has shown (The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto) that the words we utter are so powerful they can change the crystalline structure of ice. It follows that what comes out of our mouth or rests in our thoughts has a powerful effect on how we feel. As Shakespeare penned, “Nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
What’s between the covers of this book is not rocket science. It is simply a collection of insights we’ve accumulated thus far in our self-discovery journeys. It is common sense. It is wonder. It is what has unfolded in our process, individually and together, of reading books, attending workshops, meditating, asking questions, and engaging in coaching and retreat. We came to these reflections by living life, by embracing intense joys, and by surviving heartbreaking challenge.
Shifting from deeply negative emotion to highly positive emotion may not be realistic. What is realistic—even easy--is to focus on a thought, idea, memory, or daydream that feels good when you think about it. This simple small shift helps you release resistance and feel relief right now. Once you’ve done that, you can do it again and again and again.
We are convinced that when you consciously face everyday decisions and choose what feels good and right not because someone else said so but because you know it deep inside, you will unlock your wisdom, ignite your passion, and your soul will dance with joy!
Taoist Story - Maybe yes, maybe no
There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked
his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away.
Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such
bad luck,” they said sympathetically.
“Maybe yes, maybe no,” the farmer replied. The next
morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other
wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.
“Maybe yes, maybe no,” replied the old man. The following
day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was
thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came
to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “Maybe yes,
maybe no,” answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to
draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s
leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors
congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
“Maybe yes maybe no,” said the farmer.