Words matter enormously, not only the words we utter out loud but also the ones we say to ourselves. Being fluent and varied in your vocabulary will provide us with a different perspective, a different point of view and can foster greater self-love and compassion (for ourselves and others).
How rich is your vocabulary?
How many adjectives do you use in your daily life to describe things?
If you limit yourself to ‘good and bad’ and to ‘love and hate,’ I want to invite you to try and expand your repertoire.
Why? To label yourself good or bad is to think too small.
I often have people telling me ‘I’m really bad at Yoga’ my answer is ‘What does that mean?’
I usually get comments about lack of flexibility or strength. And I ask Do you think this is what yoga is all about?
Another type of comment is ‘I’ve got a bad knee, back, shoulder’, etc.
This is dangerous!
How would you expect any part of your body to respond well to being labelled as ‘bad’?
I encourage you to try and find a new way to explain what you might be feeling. You can do it in your journal, or a piece of paper first and then try verbalising it to others. See what happens!
There is no such thing as a good person or a bad part of the body. Can you think of other ways to describe it? May be tender, delicate, needing strength, tight, etc.
So, maybe you haven’t tried doing something for a long time and there is a mental blockage, some sort of fright to the new. That’s super normal!
If caution about the new is what’s stopping you from trying it, recognise it and then reassure yourself that you are capable, more than capable! How many things have you overcome in life? Sometimes by instinct, sometimes out of sheer willpower and determination.
Trying new things, even if it’s just trying to nominate what you are feeling in a different way to what you normally do, will generate new neural pathways and open bright opportunities, such as the chance to heal.
There are choices and actions that lead us in different directions, and it is through those choices and actions that we create our realities. Sometimes we choose or do something that takes us in the opposite direction of the reality we want, or think is best, for ourselves. Does this bring discomfort? It probably will.
If we always do what we’ve always done, we will always get what we always got!
You are a human being with every right to be here, learning and exploring.
Open new doors! Do something that you didn’t think you could! Dare to meet new people!
Challenge yourself to enrich your vocabulary to take a new perspective on things.
Let me know how you get on!