Watch the news and you see that that society is harsh these days from random killings in schools to stress from a bad economy to people cheating others for their own gain. It’s easy to get down on others and not to see the good. Even worse, it can lead to a slippery slope of negative thinking. Seeing the bad usually brings about further bad stuff. Not to polyanna and ignore the realities; however, there is an abundance of good around us. Good in people. Sometimes it’s a matter if we choose to see it or not. So next time you find yourself criticizing or judging another person, step back and look for the good. And better yet, take it a step further and write a letter to someone you appreciate and articulate why you appreciate him or her.
Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky of the University of California, Riverside did research to determine if writing letters of gratitude could help people be happier. According to livescience.com, “Some study participants were asked to write letters of gratitude to people who had helped them in some way. The study found that these people reported a lasting increase in happiness – over weeks and even months – after implementing the habit. What’s even more surprising: Sending the letter is not necessary. Even when people wrote letters but never delivered them to the addressee, they still reported feeling better afterwards.”
The word Namaste in Sanskrit means, I bow to you. Other interpretations include: The divine in me recognizes the divine in you. The light in me sees the light in you. All that is best and highest in me salutes all that is best and highest in you.
I love this salutation as it recognizes the good and oneness in all of us. If we see ourselves in others, we will look for the good in others. The light in me wants to see the light in you.
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