“One word than can ruin all positive thought. Don’t let STRESS get in the middle of your positive thoughts.”
~ Zen Mama
This week I was like one of the three little pigs. Except, instead of the big, bad, wolf knocking at my door, it was Stress.
Even though my theme for this holiday season is “slowing down” and I’m trying to make my day last forever, I still had one week where I worked at preschool, had a Zen Mama sale to get ready for and a different activity every evening. Whew! I could feel stress there just behind the door, huffing and puffing. I had trouble sleeping at night knowing I had so much to do. I got exhausted but I was able to keep Stress from blowing the house down.
How? Want to know my secret. I used my most powerful weapon. My thoughts. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while or have read my books you probably know that I believe that your thoughts create who you are. If you have negative thoughts, you have a negative life. If you have positive thoughts, you have a positive life. I also believe that if you change the way look you think about things, the things you think about change. It’s seems too simple to be true but guess what? It works.
Every year I have to remind myself this. That’s why I wanted to repost part of a post I wrote for last holiday season called “Sparkle Twinkle”:
Words are powerful. Remember the old saying “Stick and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Well, it’s just not true! Words can hurt you. But remember that words can make you happy, too.
John and I took yoga for several years with a teacher named Suzanne. She always stressed that it was our response to life that can give us stress or not. She got stressed out by her teenage daughter, traffic and the Christmas season. She would laugh as she told us stories of locking herself in the bathroom while her teenage daughter was outside (instead of the other way around). In traffic she would breathe deeply before she had a bad thought for the other driver.
You know what stresses us out at Christmas? It’s the lines at the post office and the stores, Christmas cards, relatives who want you everywhere at once and parties. Suzanne said that we could use our language to relieve our stress at this time of the year. She said that there are two words that you can’t help but smile when you say them: Sparkle and Twinkle.
sparkle – to be brilliant, lively, or vivacious.
twinkle – to shine with a flickering or sparkling light
Sparkle and Twinkle are real holiday words.
These two words conjure up such wonderful images. Sparkle is something new, a little bell, an ornament, or someone’s smile. Twinkle can be the look in someone’s eye (maybe Santa or a young child), a star, or lights across a lake. I see a little elf with a silver, sparkling ornament behind it. John sees Tinkerbell sprinkling pixie dust everywhere.
Suzanne would have us breathe in a deep breath through our nose and breathe out thinking “sparkle, twinkle”. But the real power is in saying them out loud. Try it…sparkle, twinkle. You can’t help but smile. I tried it with my kids when they were little. It especially worked with my middle child who really felt the stress of school. He still remembers it today at 18. He tried a few days ago to say them without smiling and still couldn’t.
Other happy words to think of:
Can you think of any others?
Even though you still have all those holiday chores to get done, say these words, “Sparkle, Twinkle” out loud. Maybe it will change your attitude. You’ll smile and tell your brain to be happy. Your brain will release endorphins and serotonin and then you really will become happy. Good luck! And have fun!!
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”
“All that we are is the result of what we have said out loud.”
~the Zen Mama