“May I be Happy, May I be Blessed

The mantra “May I be happy, may I be blessed” is remarkably effective. Just saying it at any moment of stress is like balm for the soul. It feels as if everything slows down and I am surrounded by sunlight. Is it selfish that at this point I am doing about me and not expanding it to other people? Although it goes against my British upbringing, I don’t think so. It feels as if at this point I need to put the oxygen mask on me before putting it on anyone else. Each day I measure my day by contact with others and what I have been able to do for them, the things that expand my heart, but I have never done that for myself. The strict British self-talk kicks in.

More of Buddha’s Brain, which points out that the parasympathetic nervous system is also known as “rest and digest”. No wonder I have digestive problems. Also that we are primed to be in a state of alertness, “fight and flight”, but we can counteract this by deliberately activating the parasympathetic nervous system. To balance the two systems take deep breaths.

About UntraveledRoads

Fascinated by life, looking for answers to chronic pain and finding unexpected gifts. Interested in people, ideas, healing and humour. I am very happily married with three children and a kitten. As English born immigrants to Canada, we have family spread overseas, a daughter in South Africa and one in England. We also run a charity in South Africa to educate black, rural South African Women. Our first girl from a rural township has just graduated as an accountant from Johannesburg University and got a good job in a bank.
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