The Yin & Yang Of Opposites Day!
When my son was in day care, there was always a robust calendar of events to make each day special and fun. There was Crazy Hats Day and Pajama Day and Inside Out Day and Dress Like Your Favorite Animal Day. But the day that was the most fun (and interesting) was Opposites Day! On Opposites Day, you would try to talk in opposites. For example, if you wanted to go outside, you would say, “I want to stay inside,” but then go outside anyway! It was hilarious because invariably we would start this first thing in the morning with breakfast (I was glad I didn’t have to talk in opposites at the office!), and then it would continue at the end of the day. When you get the hang of it, it is quite interesting to see what happens.
I was reminded of Opposites Day recently when I was standing in line at a store and overheard someone say, “Well, you can’t have it all, you know!” That hit me between the eyes. Wow. And it was one of those days when I already felt like I was surrounded by a lot of negative chatter. I found it to be very irritating and then realized that I was allowing myself to get pulled down in the muck. I had a choice. I could get out of the line and leave the store (nope, I really needed my groceries!), or I could try something different. Opposites Day!
I allowed myself to play with the idea of “what if I CAN have it all?” So, I went into my own imagination of what it would be like to “have it all” …. and love it! The line I was waiting on seemed to move more quickly, and I was no longer bothered by the pesky conversation. This was a deceptively silly game with powerful results! It shifted my attitude, whereas before I was allowing others to pollute my energy field.
So, what are some of “those” statements that seem to easily roll off the tongue that perhaps you’ve carried around for years and don’t really know where they came from?
We may have heard them in childhood from family members, in school, the news, etc. Here are some common statements that could use a little opposites attraction:
Money doesn’t grow on trees.
You have to work hard to get ahead.
Rich people have no morals.
Don’t let your true feelings show.
You should put others first.
I have to admit that writing them made my breath feel constricted, and my personal energy just felt yucky. Did you feel the same way when reading them? If so, where did you feel it in your body?
Action: Stop. Take two conscious breaths. Read each statement above, and this time really pay attention to where in your body you may be getting a signal. Maybe it is your breath. Or maybe it is a knot in your stomach. Or maybe you begin to sweat. Our bodies are like radio receivers giving us signals on how to read our emotions and make new choices after considering the information we are receiving.
Action: Stop. Take two conscious breaths. Now read each of these statements below and pay attention to where you feel a reaction in your body. Hint: Suspend the urge to have these statements “make sense,” and instead use your childlike imagination and belief. If this seems impossible, continue to tap on your collar bone point (just where the collar bone starts at the center of your throat), while reading.
Money really does grow on trees.
Doing what brings me joy for a living is easy, and I am successful.
Rich people have the resources and support worthy causes.
It is safe for me to express my truest self.
I pay attention to what makes me thrive so I can give wholeheartedly to others.
Have fun playing with The Yin & Yang Of Opposites Day! I’d love to hear from you about your experiences!
Paula G. Rosario
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