I learnt something really interesting this morning, whilst doing the Happiness Course with Robert Holden, the mind doesn't process pronouns. So if you're having a day when you're feeling a bit envious/ competitive of someone else and say to your self "they shouldn't have it this easy" "why should they get all the luck", "I wish they weren't so happy"....your mind and nervous system will interpret it as "I wish I wasn't so happy", "I shouldn't have it so easy", "why should I get all the luck."
We all know by now the power of the mind and the law of attraction, that the thoughts we think create our reality.
Whilst it's not something we like to admit too it can happen sometimes that competition or jealously creeps in when someone else is getting what you want. The lesson is that we are all one, the mind only sees it like this, when we feel negatively towards another this impacts them and us.
Happiness is equally available for us all and when we can be happy for others (even if we feel a bit resentful) this helps to heal our hurtful feelings and open our heart to the world.
An easy way to practice this is through Buddhist Loving Kindness Meditation. First of all being kind to yourself...
May I be happy today
May I be free from suffering
May I dwell in peace today
May I be well today
Then extend this prayer to:
Someone you love
Someone you know but not very well
Someone you find challenging
The whole world
Robert shared a wonderful thought, isn't it amazing to think that there are people all over the world praying for you right now in monasteries, temples, yoga classes, churches, and just on their own.
I wish you happiness and peace.