The Power of Your Words
I didn't want to start out with just a picture like I normally do, because it would be a bit of a spoiler alert to my message for you today! :p
But seriously, I found myself wandering about Barnes & Noble last week enjoying some much needed time out of the house and by myself. One of my favorite things that I used to do was just browse and hang out in bookstores (yarn stores, metaphysical shops, and garden oriented shops are next on the list!) Often times I would find myself really just perusing, flipping through books to see if anything caught my attention. Occasionally I would write down titles & authors or take pictures of book covers if that was more handy and I had no pen or paper.
One of my favorite sections to peruse of course is the New Age section. While doing so I found myself picking up Don Miguel Ruiz's book The Four Agreements. It had been suggested to me ages ago but without a solid reference for what it was about (and the person didn't give me any kind of details) I shortly mentally pushed it aside and forgot about it.
But as a big fan of Super Soul Sunday one episode I came upon one featuring the author and then I remembered the book and quickly added it to my "to read" list. Having a unique opportunity to do some reading quietly I picked it up and quietly wandered about the book store stopping here and there to read through the chapter on the first agreement.
As you can see all of the agreements are excellent advice to living well and bettering yourself as a person. But I can assure you from the small bit of practicing that simple as the precepts may seem at first there is much more to these sentences than what first appears.
Just this morning I was discussing these concepts with a fellow Pagan and dear sister of mine. I remarked at how amazing it was to note how often I myself acted contrary to what I believed was a good way to be just out of conditioning. For us, as Pagans, words have power. They make up a good portion of our lives and indeed make a good deal of difference. But the precursor to words - thoughts - are just as powerful, if not more because they are in such a greater number and often get overlooked as a true source of our happiness (or unhappiness).
It is funny to me how the teachings of an entirely different tradition than the one I chose to practice line up so much with the ideals of my own. It's also interesting to consider how much we overlook in our daily lives that isn't in line with our aspirations.
In the past week I have been quietly observing myself. How often I use negative statements, when I may find myself gossiping about others (essentially talking about someone at any point in a negative manner). Truly I am aware that I am not always "Miss Mary Sunshine". I don't say this as a self-fulfilling prophecy but merely as a statement of truthful observation. I often err on the side of the negative and overlook the positive altogether. (Not a good habit by the way.) But the level to which I was doing this...amazed me. The depth of my negativity and how it permeated, not just my words, but my thoughts and feelings at times, was admittedly a bit troubling! But that is part of the lesson - to learn to acknowledge these truths so that we may move past them.
So as this week wraps up I am setting a new standard & goal for myself. 1) I will continue to observe and acknowledge my behavior. 2) I will make efforts to combat this behavior by stopping my words, thoughts, and feelings and turning them into something positive. Finally 3) I will let you know other insights I've gained!
In the comments below...I'd love to know what you think about "being impeccable with your word". Have you ever stopped to notice how you express your energy through your words (thoughts, or actions)? Do you notice a trend in this expression? How might you change this trend to a more positive one?
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