“The way you speak to others can offer them joy, happiness, self-confidence, hope, trust, and enlightenment.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist Monk

Have you ever thought about how your words affect others? Each word is imprinted with its’ own frequency or vibration. Can you remember how you felt when you  received harshly spoken words or words of encouragement? Did you feel hurt, angry, or happy? Sometimes harsh words can be received and felt so deep that your soul hurts. Other times positive and affirming words can create feelings of joy, self-confidence and happiness. Words can “tear down” or “build up” someone. For me, there have been times that I’ve regretted something I’ve said harshly; however, I realize that once the words have been said they can’t be unsaid so to speak. Has this ever happened to you? I prefer to encourage and build people up so being more conscious about what I want to say before speaking is important.

Today, with so much information available throughout the world there are many examples of negative and positive communication to draw from. I wonder if others regret their spoken words when they seemingly use words to belittle, de-legitimize, or lessen someone. Hmmm. Just like our thoughts create reality, negative words can destroy when used. There is power to destroy or encourage isn’t there? What if someone sees you enjoying time in reflection, contemplation, resting, or reading a book? What if they ask, “Why are you wasting your time and not doing something? How would you feel? Do you feel like you have to justify taking time for yourself and nourishing your soul?

Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk has said, “Our time is first of all for us to be. To be what? To be alive, to be peaceful, to be joyful, to be loving. And that is what the world needs most.” That’s true for all life – human beings, plants, and animals too! The world needs more life affirming encouragement. Why not use your words to encourage, inspire; and instill hope, self-confidence, and trust? It feels so good to receive words of encouragement rather than judgment doesn’t it? Every cell in your body, mind, and spirit knows the difference and responds differently when hearing them. 

Remember change begins within each one of us but we must be willing to change first! With everything going on in the world and our lives today I feel that it’s more and more important to use our words to inspire, encourage, and help people feel hopeful. Let’s be more mindful when speaking to others. American poet, Emily Dickinson, has said that, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” Words matter! Let’s let the ones we use be hopeful like the feathers that perch in our soul and never stop! I’m sending you lots of love and hope your week is amazing!

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