I am sure you all enjoy being around people who just seem to radiate positive loving energy out to everyone around them. When they walk into the room, it’s like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. Just being around them makes you feel better and more productive. Whereas the grumpy, gloomy bossy people just drain you of your energy and make you miserable! We are all capable of being that radiant person, who lights up the room, or the grumpy Gus, always complaining and drawing everybody down.
“When you practice mindfulness, you enjoy within you the fruit of the practice. You are happy and peaceful, and your happiness and peace radiate around you for others to enjoy.” “When you do this, you are sending many “sambhogakaya” or “bodies of bliss” into the world to help relieve the suffering of living beings.” “Each of us has the capacity of transforming many living beings if we know how to cultivate the seed of enlightenment within ourselves.” Thich Nhat Hanh in “Living Buddha Living Christ.’
Mindfulness is simply focusing your awareness on what you are thinking, doing, and saying in this present moment. Cultivating the seed of enlightenment, has to do with practicing our mindfulness and watering all the seeds within us, with this awareness combined with loving compassionate energy, in order to transform our unpleasant feelings into happier and more pleasant ones.
To me mindfulness is like that soft inner voice that reminds me to practice loving-kindness and compassion for myself and others each day.
At work I am always listening and watching for an opportunity to help out by lifting someone’s mood with a smile or bit of humor, a complement or thank you for a job well done; or simply by holding the door for someone, or letting a car in front of you in traffic. There are so many little things we can do to make our daily world a brighter and happier place. When you do these little kindnesses, you will find seeing the relief or happiness or comfort you brought another, will lift your spirit too.
To enjoy a happier work week and better home life too, seek to cultivate these fruits in your minds inner garden; as described in Galatians 5:22 here: ” 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no Law.…”
I know both at work and home this can be difficult to do, when deadlines are looming and stress comes crowding in around you. At times like this I suggest pausing for a few deep breaths to collect your thoughts and energy. If possible take a short break to regroup. I love to go for brief walks outside around our buildings. We have beautifully landscaped grounds with many sidewalks offering areas to go walking. This helps me to renew my energy and focus. I am then better able to address the many tasks at hand.
When dealing with co-workers who may be less than kind as they deal with their stress consider this quote I love from Lao Tzu in The Tao Te Ching.
- “If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness.” ~ Lao Tzu
I have found both in school and at work that if a person is unkind or teases you in an irritating way, if you do not take it personally, but simply look at the humorous side of the situation and laugh it off; you will win far more friends, and become the target of many less jokes than if you react with anger and get upset by what they said or did.
We all carry the happy peaceful seeds of enlightenment within us. If we nourish these seeds and let them grow, we can become the person who lights up the room with their presence. I pray that your practice is successful in lifting your burdens, so your stress is easier to bear. By mindfully focusing on your breathing as needed, you can elevate your energy and radiate peace and happiness all around you for others to share.
“This little light of mine…I’m going to let it shine..” 😀 Namaste, Peace to you in all your endeavors.