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Marie T. Russell's Daily Inspiration
The focus for today is: What could I choose to think rather than this upsetting thought?
Compassion is a much-needed quality in our world. If someone is rude to you, or unfriendly, or whatever, practice choosing alternative thoughts.
Rather than going on the defensive or even the offensive, focus compassionately on why the person is behaving in that way. Perhaps they had an argument at home or with the boss, and are feeling afraid and frustrated.
Focusing compassionately on alternative reasons for their behavior, other than just saying they're a jerk, will not only help heal the rift or discord between the two of you, it will also, even more importantly, put in you a space of inner peace. You can ask yourself, What could I choose to think rather than this upsetting thought?
Today's Daily Inspiration is excerpted from the InnerSelf.com article:
Developing Compassionate Thinking
Written by Marie T. Russell
This is Marie T. Russell, publisher of InnerSelf, wishing you a day of practicing compassion towards others (today and every day)
Join me again tomorrow for the Daily Inspiration and focus of the day.
Today, we ask ourselves: What could I choose to think other than this upsetting thought?
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This week's Daily Inspirations are inspired from:
BOOK: The Shyness Workbook
The Shyness Workbook: Take Control of Social Anxiety Using Your Compassionate Mind
by Lynne Henderson.
Shyness has evolved as an emotion over thousands of years and can be helpful in some circumstances. However, it can become a problem when it interferes with life goals, develops into social anxiety disorder or leads to 'learned pessimism', mild depression and even 'learned helplessness'. In this way, shyness and shame often hold us back from realising our potential and from engaging with others wholeheartedly.
There is nothing wrong with being shy - it is a natural emotion that everyone can experience. But if shyness is negatively impacting your life, The Shyness Workbook can help you grow your confidence.
For more info and/or to order this book, click here. Also available as a Kindle edition.
About The Author
Marie T. Russell is the founder of InnerSelf Magazine (founded 1985). She also produced and hosted a weekly South Florida radio broadcast, Inner Power, from 1992-1995 which focused on themes such as self-esteem, personal growth, and well-being. Her articles focus on transformation and reconnecting with our own inner source of joy and creativity.
Creative Commons 3.0: This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 License. Attribute the author: Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf.com. Link back to the article: This article originally appeared on InnerSelf.com