Thursday, October 28, 2010

Don't worry, be happy

by Louise Hay

I love to laugh! Who doesn’t? The subconscious mind, however, has no sense of humor. If you make a joke about yourself or put yourself down and just think—Oh, it doesn’t mean anything, I’m only kidding myself—the subconscious mind accepts it as true and creates this thought accordingly. So we have to learn to use our humor lovingly and wisely.
There’s so much humor in life that it’s not necessary to denigrate another person or group with put-downs. Even in humor we’re working to help make the world a more loving and safer place to live.

Because words have power, I pay attention to them and carefully select them. I know my thoughts and my words shape my life, like a potter shapes clay into a bowl, a vase, a dinner plate, or a teapot. I am the words I think and speak. So why not create space inside myself for loving, optimistic, and cheerful patterns to constantly germinate, take root, and grow? Laughter is good.

Look at all the wonderful people out there spreading the joy. I admire people like Loretta LaRoche who sees something humorous in everyday experiences. She just released the tradepaper version of her wonderful book Lighten Up! —which is filled with her signature wisdom and wit. Check it out!

The latest affirmation that I say to people is: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” Singer/songwriter Bobby McFerrin had the right idea when he wrote that song many years ago. No matter what life gives you, you can turn it around.

You are the light of the world. Follow your inner star to sparkle and shine in your own unique way. You have a beautiful soul, and an outer body and a personality. But your soul is the center. Your soul is the part of you that’s eternal. Your soul can’t be hurt or destroyed. It can only be enriched by whatever your life experiences are. I believe that laughing, singing, and dancing are natural, normal spontaneous expressions. So, don’t worry, be happy, and dance your way through life.

Here are a few more affirmations to help you lighten up:
-I am a joyful breeze entering a room.
-Whenever I pass a mirror, I smile with joy at the beautiful being I see.
-Harmony and joy surround me today. My day is full of miracles.
-Today I groove in the “vastness of it all.”

Excerpted from I Can Do It® 2011 Calendar by Louise Hay. Copyright © 2010 (Hay House).