I once went to a talk by a buddhist monk in Wimbledon. He made a parallel between people on the planet and cells in the human body. I like parallels that have to do with how we live and often think about what he said. Here it is:

Imagine the trillions of cells that make up the human body. Imagine how much you appreciate that your cells are healthy and happy, and what happens if a few cells start misbehaving. How easily it can spread to neighbouring cells and how, as a result, illness shows up in the body. Now replace cells with human beings and body with earth. Get the idea?

Let’s go further into this subject. Have you noticed how easily fear spreads among people? Just like wild fire it seems. An obvious example at the moment is fear of lockdown and the virus spreading, and fear of what’s happening next. Fearful messages from the news are absorbed by millions of people daily. The mind of the news becomes your mind and what you think and focus on. How easy isn’t it to share and discuss what we read of bad news – and become the ones who spread fear even further…

There is nothing wrong with following the news daily. Nor is it wrong to feel fearful or discuss what’s happening in the world. I’d like to say it is strongly advised to not exaggerate it 🙂 Perhaps max one hour of news intake per day to keep yourself sane? You could question yourself if you feel you bring kindness to yourself by bringing on fear, or if it would be more compassionate for you to bring your awareness more often to what’s good around you.

If you look around you right now I hope you see something you are grateful for. Turning your attention to what you are grateful for every single day is always a good idea. It helps create a healthier balance in your life so there can be more happiness and joy.

You are not separate from life. You are one with everything around you, just like the cells in your body. You matter in this oneness. You are surrounded by loving intelligence. How you treat and talk to yourself and people around you has an impact on life itself. How about making the choice today to bring more kindness to yourself and spread goodness around? This is for you, for people you see, meet and care for, and for all that is living.

Love is the answer. Wishing you well! X

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Annette Wiik

My name is Annette. I am a Yoga Academy Certified Teacher (BWY-Accredited School) and started practising Hatha Yoga over 20 years ago. Holding a certificate from Bangor University to teach mindfulness-based courses, I incorporate my knowledge of mindfulness meditation in all my yoga classes. I have two grown-up children.