This week we are going to be posting across our social media platforms about the important items we put into what we call the thinkmiracle spiritual first aid kit.
I have used them all. Some, like meditation and thankfulness, long ago became a part of my daily morning routine. But I still find myself showing gratitude out loud (often when alone) for something in my life as I reflect. And some days I feel the need for a second meditation.
I went through a period of deep pain some years ago and at that time I also used the positive affirmations and poetry everyday. I was helped to come up with the words that best suited my needs and said the affirmation out loud three times. I didn’t understand then why it helped—but it really did—and it was so simple. Now I know the power of our words and thoughts over our lives and I am mindful of both (not always getting it right, but trying every day!)
A few years later I found myself with anger inside about a person and a situation I felt was unfair. I know anger is a wasted emotion, it was not doing me any good, and so every day for many weeks I wished that person well by saying their name and then “I wish you well” three times…until it became true, and I wished them well as I still do. That was better for them and better for me.
The poetry I also found myself reading aloud, and very occasionally writing. The poem I used then, which is still a wonderful thing to read is “If” by Rudyard Kipling. You can find it along with others on thinkmiracle.org. The words gave me strength.
Here it is….
by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Mostly I read the poems, said my affirmations, and meditated whilst doing something I still do every day…getting close to nature.
The natural healing rhythm that flows through you just by being alone in nature is a magical thing. Much like my meditation, I enjoy it daily, for together with thankfulness they help me appreciate the simple pleasures of life and occasionally correct my course when I find myself steering into choppy waters.
The things I naturally found myself doing we have gathered together for you to use. So for those days when your stomach is tight, your mind is racing, your shoulders are heavy and you feel weighed down by both the past and the future, go to our first aid kit. May it help you as it helped me.
Like all on the thinkmiracle site, it’s given free and with love ️