Have you ever had one of those days when a slight disruption in the morning sets off an explosive chain of negative happenings unfolding through the day?
Routines are shaken up unexpectedly, people you depend on don’t turn up when required most, gadgets malfunction mysteriously and you stub your toe to make things worse!
And we may then say we are having a ‘bad day.’
These bad days, while truly annoying on the surface, often offer hidden opportunities for growth and healing.
I believe these bad days are partly the result of the Law of Attraction at work.
In New Thought Circles, we believe we attract people, circumstances and situations we deeply resonate with, consciously or subconsciously.
In other words, our outer world is often a reflection of our inner world.
So, on days when it seems like everything’s going wrong, it may help to tune in to our inner world and check on what’s brewing there.
I recently had one of these days. I was frustrated and angry from the break of dawn.
I knew my reaction was disproportionate to what was actually unfolding in my reality.
When time did not heal my negative feelings and I continued to feel that way well into the afternoon, I realised I had to take matters into my own hands and work on healing myself.
I lit a few candles and meditated for a while. I then picked up my journal and began to write down everything that was bothering me.
I wrote and wrote until I reached a point where I couldn’t write further.
The final point in my writing revealed I was being anxious about my child for specific reasons.
When I delved even deeper, I discovered my anxiety was nothing to do with my child per se but more to do with my ‘inner child.’ I had been projecting my subconscious fears onto my child and this was causing me to feel frustrated and angry that day.
This is the point when we say we have touched the ‘root cause of an issue.’
As tears of joy and relief streamed down my face, I took the opportunity to connect to my own inner child, the little girl of nine or ten I was years ago, and comforted her.
I hugged her (represented by a soft toy) and told her she will be alright, and that she deserves the best that life has to offer.
I then tore into pieces the paper on which I had vented my feelings. This is symbolic of release and letting go of something you don’t need anymore.
I felt light as a feather after doing this Inner Child Work.
I felt wonderful that I got to be my own therapist that day and that I made the choice to set right that which was going wrong. This was the gift my ‘bad day’ offered to me.
It was a joy to connect baggage-free with my own children again!