August 6th – This one gets even a little harder… resolve to say nothing negative at all for a whole day (or a week, or a month… how long can you go?) about anyone else’s appearance or your own appearance. If you think a negative thought about the way someone looks, counter it immediately with a positive one. This will help you to train yourself to better judge people on their actions and words, rather than their appearance.
I kind of think about all of these activities as mind exercises – we’re building our positive thinking muscles – which is why they’re becoming increasingly more difficult, almost to a ridiculous degree. I don’t expect you to stop thinking/saying negative things for the rest of your life, I don’t even expect you (or myself) to make it the whole week! The point of these exercises is not to eradicate all negative thought patterns from our minds, but rather, it is to get us used to thinking positive things (especially about ourselves) to better balance the negatives, because (for me at least) its a lot easier to think bad things about myself than it is to think good things. I’d like to change that.
This exercise isn’t mine, however. Credit must be given to Yoko Ono who’s book 100 Acorns contains this instruction:
Try to say nothing negative about anybody.
a) for three days
b) for forty-five days
c) for three months
See what happens to your life.
(NOTE: I’m on vacation until the eighth so all e-mail & comment responses will have to wait until then, but posting will continue as normal :) I can’t wait to see what everyone’s been up to when I return!)