We hear a lot these days about how we are the creators of our own life. We do that by the thoughts we think and the decisions we make. So what if you began to create your day the way you want it to be? What if you create you day gently?
If you do meditations by Depak Chopra you may have heard him say as he ends a meditation, “Approach the Day Gently.” Rather than approach it gently, why don’t we create it gently?
How do you usually start your day? As a general rule, what you think about your day at it’s beginning will most likely set the tone for the entire day. So, how do you start your day?
We have choices:
What do you want to be today?
- gentle or harsh,
- joyful or sad,
- skipping or dragging your feet,
- happy or angry,
- with anticipation or with dread,
- as the victor or the victim?
What does it mean to approach the day gently? Gentle, as you probably know means soft, mild, tender, kind etc. The opposite? Harsh or rough.
Think about it. If you approach the day gently, you do it with a smile, with anticipation of the good things to come, with an attitude of sweetness, with softness.How do you do that?
My thoughts go to “touch the day as gently as you touch a baby. Feel it’s softness and experience its innocence.”
Your new day is innocent. It is a clean slate, an empty book. It is waiting for you to touch it with your magic wand, to write in it, to set the tone. To give it life and character.
You can drag yesterday’s grief, fear or anger into it if you choose. You can begin the morning with anxiety if you choose. Or you can approach it gently. You can say, “Good God! It’s morning.” and scowl or you can say”Good, God. It’s morning.” with a smile of anticipation of the good things to come and gratitude that you have been given another new day.
So how do you start a day gently?
- Feel gratitude for a new day and all the good things in your life. Say what you’re grateful for out loud or write it in your journal
- Smile at yourself in the mirror and for those you live with as you see each of them
- With the intention of meeting the day’s challenges with an open mind and a loving heart
- Perhaps play some music that uplifts you
- Meditate, even if only for a brief time
- Read something that inspires you
- Resolve to be gentle with yourself and others—no judging, criticizing or complaining today
- Be fully present, fully in the moment
Dylan Thomas wrote, “Do not go gently into that good night.”
How about if you write into your day book “Do go gently into that new day?”
Have a good one!