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Posts Tagged ‘negative energy’

Bozo The Clown

Posted by terrepruitt on September 19, 2013

Some of you might remember Bozo the Clown.  He was a clown character in the 1960’s.  There have been a few people who played the Bozo the Clown character.  Seems as if Larry Harmon might have been the most popular or recognizable.  I honestly don’t remember watching a TV show with Bozo.  But I do remember the name Bozo the Clown.  I grew up with it being used as a phrase as in -doing something (your walking/talking/acting)- like Bozo the Clown.  I do remember a Bozo the Clown toy.  I don’t remember if I owned it or where I experienced it, but I do know I have punched it way back when.  It was a toy that was three or four feet tall and made of blow up type of plastic.  It was shaped like a long skinny potato, but with a wider bottom than top.  And the bottom was weighted.  It had sand in it.  It was a punch “bag”.  It sat on the ground and you punched it and it would “fall” backwards, but then pop right back up.  I was reminded of it recently when I decided I normally was like that.  Ya know where things just come at you, and you might go down for a second from the initial “punch”, but you just pop right back up with a smile on your face.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaIt is not always easy to pop back up with a smile, especially when it seems as if there are a lot of “punches” in a row.  Or a lot of BIG life changing “punches”.  But I generally try to examine a situation then focus on the positive.  With so much positive I don’t feel it is appreciative and in the correct spirit of things to just remain negative for a long time.

In my examination of things I usually look at it, I might do some research I might learn somethings I might have been happier not knowing.  Then my exam could include crying about it or yelling about it or dancing about it or talking about it.  Whatever.  But I try to let it go or let it be, or accept it and really focus on all the great things going on.  I also don’t like to have one negative moment or happening dictate my day and say it is a BAD day.  Recently though, I just had a day when I decided to take the day off.  I decided to stay down.  I wasn’t going to pop back up with that smiley face.  I still did not label my day as a bad day, but I just didn’t fight against the grump and the negative and the rude and the annoying and the inconsiderate.  I just said, “Today, I am not going to be Polly Positive.  I am not going to pop up smiling.  Today I am gonna kinda pout about the crap that was thrown on me.  I am just gonna let it stick and just go about my day all stinky.”

It was interesting.  I am not going to say it was good or bad, just interesting.  I will say that I felt it was a lot less exhausting.  I mean fighting against all the crap everyday, all the time . . . .whew, gets tiring.  But as I type this I am reminded that I don’t do it by myself.  I do get energy from other sources so that helps.  The same sources that are the energy on some days can be the source of the “punches” on some others days, again, normally, that is fine  – but it was nice to have the day off.

I woke up the next day back up and ready for some more “punches”.  It was kind of a little reset.  As if the sand got off to one side and stuck Bozo down.  But the day off was the shift and here we go again.

How about you?  What do you think?  Ever have a day where you just decide to let it stick?

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A Good Thing To Do Before Bed

Posted by terrepruitt on April 4, 2013

I have such wonderful Nia students.  One day I was talking to one of my students and she shared with me something she and her husband are doing before bed.  She said that they each share THREE good things that happened throughout the day.  Now this is just like the good thing jar idea in that the “good thing” is up to the person doing the sharing.  It can be anything you think of as a good thing.  You could say you heard your favorite song on the radio, saw a hummingbird, had a door held open for you, held a door open for someone else, you attended a Nia class . . . . whatever you want.  The “Good Thing” is up to you.  The idea is to help the day end on a positive note.  And it could lead to a nice conversation with whomever you are doing it with.  If you are doing it by yourself it could allow you to remember more good things about your day.  Whatever the situation it is a nice positive way to end the day.  Three good things is a beautiful thought to fall asleep on.

It could be particularly helpful in a stressful time.  Often when something is causing stress we tend to think about it a lot.  For me the quiet time as I am falling asleep is prime thinking time.  Is it for you?  With thinking time the mind can easily go to the stressful thought.  But if you have spent a little time with three good things maybe the good has pushed the stress off to a corner.  Falling asleep on a positive note seems like it would help you have a good sleep.  Sleep is a great tool in handling stress.  It could be you are happily thinking about your good things as you drift off.  Could be, if you have a partner you are talking about good things with, your partners good things are on your mind.

It also seems like this fun exercise would be good for people who tend to think of the negative instead of the positive.  This would help direct the negative attention to positive and shift the energy.  We all have things going on in our lives that we could dwell on and conduct negative thoughts and energy, so having to think about positive and good things that happened throughout the day and talk about three of them . . . that can really get the good stuff flowing.  Not thinking about the negative side of things can really work wonders.

I really like this idea.  I am looking forward to reading all the good things at the end of the year that I have document throughout the year, but this is a way to keep that “good thing” idea at the forefront.  This can provide “instant” gratification and help shift energy from negative and stressful to positive and peaceful.

Manifest the positive by sharing the good things!

What do you think?

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