Mindful Doodles #77:
When someone verbally abuses you and bullies you, a natural response would be to shout “Unfair! I demand justice!” You feel resentment at being discriminated against for no logical reason, other than satisfaction of the bully’s agenda. You feel an urge to take revenge because its so unfair. You mentally rehearse what you can do to exact your pound of flesh. Wait. When you become a bully and your victim continues the cycle of taking revenge against you, then you’ll be stuck in a stupid cycle of revenge. You spend precious time, money and energy taking revenge for something in the past. You can’t move forward.
I suggest mindful cognitive behavior therapy. You can try to do this yourself. Sit in a quiet place. Concentrate. Place your bad thoughts on a cloud (or balloon). Let it float away. You have given away bad thoughts and they are no longer a part of you. Think of something positive, or a positive action to do. Tell yourself you’ll do this positive act (or think of this positive thought), every time you’re tempted to feel resentment or to take revenge.
Mindful Doodles is a series of comic/ cartoon drawn on assimilating stimuli that comes into my mind. My surrounding and environment are dynamic. As events happen, the stimuli enters my brain and I pay attention to them. I am not mentally disturbed as I pay due respect to each stimulus. I ponder upon how I would deal with the stimulus, to manage the situation. I try to discover what lesson the Universe bestows on me in this encounter. I write my discovery as my Mindful Thought of the Day.
Why be mindful? By paying time and attention to a disturbing stimulus, you deal with it. It ceases to be new and disruptive to you. You have released anxiety. You have greatly reduced your mental stress.
Mindful Thought of the Day:
Don’t allow resentment to eat you up. Let the past go.