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You Are What You Swim In

Attracting the sweet stuff to your life is as easy as letting go of the negative.

“I know that’s how I got sick…” remarked my girlfriend. We were chatting about a recent bout of stomach flu that swallowed her whole. Just 24 hours before the bug struck her, she was wallowing in negativity — complaining about the cold weather instead of focusing on how wonderful it was to have a day off. She just knew that that she was a magnet for the dukkha {translated anxiety, stress, suffering = bad stuff. Ironic that it’s like the word dookie? I think not!}.

Sometimes it’s of our own design and sometimes it’s with whom + what we surround ourselves. Either way, it is our choice.

In November, the negativity reached an all-time high for me. And I was allowing it to distract me from the sukha {translated happiness, bliss, the sweet good stuff}. I noticed as I scanned a Facebook feed a feeling that came over me, reading updates that either made me feel angry, sad, stressed, or inadequate. It was no one’s fault but my own, I was choosing to read them and letting them make me feel a certain way.

When we arrived home from Thanksgiving, I started my spring cleaning early and it’s been a work in progress since then. I cut my time on the cyber highlight reel {aka Facebook + Twitter}. I started “unsubscribing” to newsletters, boutiques and other retailers. Only saving and subscribing to things that added to my life, not encourage want, need or desire.

I continued to listen to positive music, good reading and positive shows. Most importantly, I try to surround myself with like positive people. The most awesome people in my life, my children and husband. I spent more time with them — vowing in 2013 to give them more of my attention.

When I am swimming in a sea of negativity {and yes, it happens, mostly when I am stressed}, I call on those people and things to help me refocus on the sweet stuff.

Just this morning, I sat reading a lovely blog called Today’s Letters, a feed on a husband and wife’s daily love letters to each and to life in general. I felt inspired by goodness, love… by sukha. When you release yourself from the negative, you let the sweetness flow to you, through you and from you.

Who wants to swim and wallow in dookie, er, I mean dukkha. Here’s to pure sukha in 2013, even when the waters get rough!

{Sweetness starts at home… if you are married or in a relationship, you might enjoy Em + Tim’s advice on 10 things that made all the difference in their marriage.}

For more MOBI yogi, visit www.themobiyogi.com and fill up with positivity under "Daily Cup".

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