Your language is everything.
I find myself repeating this sentiment throughout my day when working with children or adults and even seniors. Your words hold a vibration. You reinforce healing or injury, wellness or sickness, strength or weakness, love or fear, with the words you choose.
Take a moment to close your eyes and repeat the word "love". Repeat it over and over and tune in to how it feels in the body. Does it feel restrictive or expansive?
Now, with your eyes closed, repeat the word "fear". Repeat it over and over and tune in to how it feels in the body. Does it feel restrictive or expansive?
Do your words radiate fear or love?
In the middle of yoga teacher training, my yoga teacher Shannon said, "Stop 'shoulding' all over people." It stuck. Think of the word "should" as placing your judgment on the person you are directing. There are better ways to empower those around us.
Example: "You should wait until next year."
Easy alternative: "What other alternative do you have?"
"How does it feel in your physical body if you think about waiting
until next year?"*
If at first, you don't succeed, try, try again. -William Edward Hickson
I had to memorize this poem in the third grade. I'm glad I learned this lesson back in the third grade to kick the word "can't" out of my vocabulary.
Instead of holding yourself back or in a stuck holding pattern, think of a positive spin and seal it by taking immediate action.
Example: "Ugh...I can't do a pull-up."
Easy alternative: "I am working towards being able to do a pull-up."
Action step: I am going to do at least 20 push ups a day for 30 days.
Example: "I can't meditate. My mind wanders too much."
Easy alternative: "I am capable of meditating."
Action step: I am going to start with a minute of following my breath.
Example: "I can't figure out why I keep doing this."
Easy alternative: "If I did know the answer, what would it be?"*
*This is an example of NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) and can help you breakthrough many mental or physical barriers.
I Have a Bad ____. Back/Knee/Shoulder/Neck
Fill in the blank for any number of physical ailments and you are reinforcing the injury to be held in the body. The body often heals an injury before the mind releases the injury and you feel healed. Start imagining what you are doing in perfect health.
Example: "I have a bad knee."
Easy alternative: "My knee is getting stronger every day. I see myself running across
the tennis court with ease."
Example: "I have a bad memory."
Easy alternative "I am conscious and aware. I set the intention to recall what I had for
breakfast three days ago."
What are some examples you face on a regular basis and how can you turn your words and actions around to a positive vibration?