Another message I received in an e-newsletter from Daily OM.
August 25, 2006
Days Of Affirmation
Sending Love Ahead To Your Day
Upon waking, many people consider the coming day with trepidation. Because of the natural human tendency to focus on what we fear or dislike, it is easy to unwittingly send a message of unease into the future that negatively impacts the quality of your day. However, while our lives are busy and frequently replete with challenges, they are also rich with joy and experiences worth savoring. We can attract this natural bliss into our lives by starting each day with a message of love. When you send love ahead to your day, that love will manifest itself in your interpersonal interactions, your professional endeavors, and your domestic duties. Tasks and circumstances once made trying by your own anxiety are transformed by your love, and you will find yourself approaching life's subtle nuances with great affection.
Each morning, when you have cast off the fog of sleep, take several deep, grounding breaths and reaffirm the love you have for yourself. Speaking a loving, self-directed blessing aloud enables you to access and awaken the reservoir of tenderness in your soul. Before you leave the comfortable warmth of your bed, be sure to tell the universe that you are eager and ready to receive the blessings it has set aside for you. Then as you prepare to meet the day, visualize yourself first saturated by and then surrounded with a warm and soft loving light. Gradually widen the circle of this light until you are able to send it ahead into your future. If you are commuting to work, send love to the roads upon which you will drive, your fellow commuters, and your parking space. If you have colleagues who arrive at your workplace before you, send them love. Likewise, a day spent being a parent or addressing household chores can benefit from the sentiment that precedes you. Sending love ahea! d to everyone you will meet and everything you will do can ensure that your day is suffused with grace.
If you have difficulty sending love to those situations and individuals you deem particularly frustrating, consider that the warmth and tenderness you project can change your life for the better. Each morning, in sending this love, you will exercise your power to control the ambiance of your existence and to color your day with positivity.
I know that some of this sounds like it may have been written by a bald man in a peach colored robe walking around in an airport handing out daisies, lol. However, it certainly sounds like a good way to start each day. I on the other hand tend to groggily stumble into the bathroom and am not able to speak without mumbling (sometimes growling) until I've been awake for 15-20 minutes.
I am under the belief that we all need to take a few moments to reaffirm the love we have for ourselves (and those closest to us). There is nothing wrong with taking the time to mend the damage the world does to our self-confidence. If a bully pushed one of our kids around, we'd hug and love them, give some loving words and advice to help mend the damage done to their little ego. We certainly ought to show ourselves the same love and understanding.
Have a great weekend!