A 30-Day (Personal Development) Challenge, Day 12: Reading A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s purpose #5

Hey there gals and guys, what’s going on? Welcome back to my 30-day personal development challenge/case study. Before starting Day 12, you may have a look at my Day 11 activities and findings (if any). You know that my ultimate goal with this challenge is to raise my vibration (good feelings) to where it has never been before, and today I would like to put down yet more thoughts of mine while reading A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s purpose.

The Effect of Negative Emotions on the Body

What are negative emotions? Fear, Jealousy, Anger, Hate, Resentment, Anxiety, Despair. In short, unhappiness. What is the relationship between the emotions we feel and our physical body? Might be more than you think.

Having these sorts of emotions will definitely not improve our health. Have you heard that we burn more calories by smiling compared to frowning? That is the least of it. Having strong negative emotions, especially those you have carried around for a long, long time, creates disease in the body. At the minimum it disrupts the energy flow throughout your body, and could affect the function of your heart, digestive system, the regeneration of your cells, etc.

But now you know about this, don’t worry, because worry is just another negative emotion! If you’re physically alright now, perhaps you haven’t been catering to your negative thoughts (which lead to negative emotions) all that much. But you can consider having more positive thoughts starting right this minute. Choose a happy thought. Go on. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to visit a special place. Imagine being there now. Right now. You have no worries about work or money. And you’re suddenly hit with a grateful feeling for your financial situation. You’re with people that make you happy. You’re feeling eager and energetic about the day’s activities. Imagine doing something there. Perhaps you’re in a mall, shopping. You see many smiling faces around you. This is known to be a popular mall for tourists. There are many faces scrunched in concentration as they try to negotiate a better deal with the seller. One of your friends wants to buy something and you are giving him/her your expert opinion about the item. See, not that hard, is it?

Do that the next time you catch yourself feeling a negative emotion. Do that as you’re going to bed. Do that in the morning before you start your day. If you’re not sure what to think about, just make something up. Perhaps the first desire that comes to your mind. Perhaps $200k. Have fun.

The Pain-Body

An accumulation of past emotional pain in our mind and body is called the pain-body. It is easily awakened, for instance when you hear a ‘trigger’ word or see something that brings to mind an old and painful memory. Our pain-body causes us to overreact, to say and do things that bring more unhappiness to ourselves but at the same time reinforce itself (the pain-body).

Tolle mentioned that our pain-body will try to provoke the people around us, especially if it’s someone close to us. You can try observing this in yourself as well as other people. You probably know at least one person who, when you’re minding your own business and nothing seems to be the problem, will stir things up just to get a reaction out of you. What do you do when this occurs? React to it? No.

When the pain-body arises in yourself or others, know it to be the pain-body. Then allow the unhappiness to be there. You can’t change what is already manifested. If you rage at it, it will get stronger. When you can fully accept the situation as it is right now, you will probably still feel the unhappiness, but you may sense a space around it, and that your unhappiness or whatever is causing it matters less now. And be fully present in the now (the present moment). If you are present each time the pain-body arises, then some of its energy dissipates.

Alright, Gals and Guys, WAIT for the Next Part!

That’s it for today. The next part should drop in a couple of days’ time. Meanwhile, keep entertained. Before I leave you, just leave your questions and comments below and I shall get back to you ASAP. Till the next time, thanks a lot!

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