The Vocabulary of Wellness
This past month, I did a presentation at a local
Healing Extravaganza on the vocabulary of wellness.
I realized that there are many health care
practitioners who can work with your body and your energy fields and some who can give you insights about your
life's purpose and spirit guidance.
However, only you yourself can determine your attitude
and your thoughts.
What is in your mind as you wake up in the
What are the last thoughts of your day as you fall
asleep at night?
Though it may betimes seem as if our thoughts are
involuntary, especially when we have strong emotional reactions to our experiences, in fact, we have free will to
decide what we want to give our energy and attention to, how we choose to talk about our experiences and how we
would like to further engage with situations.
Our thoughts are not "inevitable".
Certainly, our families and communities and interests
and understanding of life predispose us to think in certain kinds of ways. Equally certainly, the more you repeat a
specific thought, the more habitual it becomes and the easier it is for that thought to continue coming to the
forefront of your mind. Because energy follows thought, your experiences will no doubt conform to that thought,
further justifying the thinking of it.
A simple example is the notion of not having enough
It never rains but it pours.
I remember when I decided that I
was not enjoying the drama of having too many things coming at me at once. I started to practice the thought in my
mind that things come into my life, at a pace I can handle. Experiences arrange themselves so that I can give them
the attention they deserve, be properly prepared and be able to digest and assimilate them afterwards.
Rain comes in desireable times and
I work as a gardener. The other
day, I was doing the spring clean-up of perennial gardens. About one o'clock I stopped for my lunch break. I sat in
my car, chewing and doing a sudoku puzzle when all of a sudden, I heard the rain. It was very suddenly raining very
hard. I expressed my gratitude to the weather spirits for waiting until my lunch break to rain and relaxed into my
puzzle. After twenty-five minutes, I started to wonder what I should do. It was still raining quite hard. I had
decided that I would sit it out for a while, wait to see if it would stop, when it was over, just like that,
exactly one half hour after I stopped for my break. I did put on my raincoat and boots and there was a bit more
drizzle over the next little while, but I did not get wet and the sky cleared and everything was fresh and
beautiful and life is good.
The weather spirits are good to
When there is a thought that comes
repetitively into your mind, that you really do not enjoy the experience of, it is possible to change the thought.
In my experience, the best way to do this is to decide what you are going to replace it with. Simply deleting a
habitual thought is more difficult to do than setting up a replacement thought.
Say, for example, some person is
annoying you in some sort of a way. You cannot stop thinking about this person, why ever, you have let them get in
under your skin. You have sorted out what is your own responsibility in the situation, you are acting towards them
harmlessly, not doing anything to aggravate the situation while being true to yourself, and still they insist on
getting away with behaviours that are simply not fair/considerate of others/enhancing for the highest good of
What you give energy to, you
By thinking about them, you are
strengthening them and their annoying behaviours.
What do you do, then, when they are
in your presence, in your personal space?
What do you do when they come into
your thoughts as a memory of the experience?
My personal practice, when
confronted with annoying situations is to shift my attention from the
angry/demanding/noisey/whiney/boring/self-centered person(s), admit that I am engaged in the situation, release
whatever my personal plans/expectations/ego considerations are, and refocus on setting my intention for the highest
good of all, imagining a golden pool of light above and a golden pool of light below, and channelling universal
energy into the scene. I ignore what the person(s) are doing and chant God God God God... in my mind.
When thoughts of the scene come as
memory, I play with different responses. I can replace the thought with visions of a more ideal scene. I can
channel compassion on the person(s) trying to imagine what causes their behaviours. I can imagine their highest
good. Or I can use my creative imagination to envision myself in a scene where I would never be subjected to such
It may not be easy, but it is
possible to exercise our free will to give strength and attention to what we want to see and experience. The more I
practice, the more my experiences correspond to my visions of what a peaceful, envigorating life looks
And the easier it becomes to
disperse annoying persons and situations.
When I was compiling my vocabulary
of wellness, the words and phrases organized themselves under headings. Please use which ever of these thoughts
stand out and speak to you and ignore the rest or put them on your back burner.
This is my persoanal
You, no doubt, have some key phrases of your
Some of my words may suggest others to
Honour them, play with them.
Above all, be gentle and humour yourself.
You are a
perfect piece of individual divinity :)
Love is the
underlying energy of the universe - - - All is One
give energy to, you strengthen - - - Energy follows thought
Every human has a
personal spirit quide
You are at the
right time and place for your life
You are a perfect
piece of individual divinity
You have free will
to choose your attitude
You are the one
you have been waiting for
It is not the experiences you have,
but the story you
tell yourself about them that matters
What you wish upon
others you invoke upon yourself
Set your intention
for your own highest good and the highest good of All
Ask for spirit
guidance - - - Honour your ancestors
Resonate with the
wild world of nature - - - Look for beauty and soul in all things
Do no harm - - -
Forgive yourself and others - - - Be willing to change
Exercise your free
will; don't give it a second thought; delete, ignore
contentment, practice being satisfied, practice compassion,
the enjoyment of the success and good fortune of others,
harmlessness, practice gratitude, practice kindness
Keep the peace,
love yourself as you are, you are good enough
Trust in your
personal angelic guide and inner wisdom
Use your creative
Enjoy the present
Be indulgent of
- - - Friendship - - - Harmony - - - Equanimity
Humour - - -
Faith - - - Trust
- - - Honesty - - - Integrity - - - Harmlessness
spirit blessings upon all Beings