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Two Phrases Much Used By My Mum…..

At the core of my Mum is a very kind, giving, helpful and generous woman who has been through a lot in her life. One thing she always says to us is this (in Punjabi but I will translate as best I can):

You should never be responsible for putting pain or hurt in someone’s heart”

Your heart should be clean from this. You own your actions. Don’t do it.

It took me a while to fully comprehend what she was saying. It’s a beautiful thing if you can practice it as you are free of any malice towards anyone. It keeps you on the right side in a spiritual sense.

My Mum had many people along her journey in life who really tested her patience. Many who rubbed her up the wrong way. Many who lied, cheated and deceived her, mainly because she is quiet and probably what they saw as an easy target. Even so, she never retaliated. She kept quite. I used to think she was silly for letting people do that to her but now I see that two wrongs don’t make a right. She didn’t need to stoop to their level. She’s smart.

Another thing she always says is that “it takes 2 people to have an argument. If one is quiet, then there is no argument. Its just one person ranting.”

Again this is very true. If you are someone who rows a lot with a partner or sibling, try keeping quiet. Don’t fuel it. Walk away. No one gets hurt because no words are exchanged.

Healing by listening to your body

One thing I have learned to do is to scan my body for any pain, anxiety and loosen it and let it go.

So to start,  you need to sit or lie in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and take a few deep but full breaths – so from the pit of your stomach to the top of your neck each time. You should be realxed by now.

Start at your head and start to scan downwards, to the shoulders, to the torso, to the legs and finally to the feet. With each bit that you scan down on, look out for any pain, tention, stress points etc. If you get to one, just say to yourself, I am letting this pain/tention/stress point go. And breathe it out of your feet. Let it go.  

I have personally found this to work for me.

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