1. Don’t take on other’s burdens as your own.
The most meaningful support is born from compassion and loving kindness. When we carry another’s issue as our own, our personal agenda adds to the burden as opposed to lightening the load. Then, we can easily become the ones that need support instead of being supportive.
2. Take the pressure off yourself.
Let yourself off the hook! Perfectionism, high standards, and expectations are saboteurs of inner peace. Reframe with gratitude instead of lack. Life is a process not an end goal.
3. Lighten up!
I’ve yet to see a drama king or queen that is peaceful. Step back, observe, and add some perspective. Exaggerating the importance of something doesn’t add value to it or justify our reactions.
4. Let go.
Once you get perspective, release the burden, limitations, drama, or whatever it is that is creating suffering. Holding on amplifies resistance and tension. My husband recently said: Resistance is boring. I would add: letting go is freeing and empowering.
5. Be happy.
I was just reminded in Oriah’s blog today of The Boss’s words (a.k.a. Bruce Springsteen, lyrics from Badlands): “it ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive.” Embrace happiness. Let go of reservations due to guilt or the illusion of protecting others who may not be happy.
6. Seek joy.
Inner peace and joy can be delightful companions. Consciously chose to experience more of both, and you create space for them in your life and being.
Take a break. Allow grace to unfold. Balance inner and outer work with fun and creativity.
Peace to all, Life to all, Love to all.*
*Words by Yogi Bhajan and sung by Snatam Kaur on Grace: Spirit Voyage Records, 2004.
© Sallie Odenthal 2012