I saw this sign at the Merrifield Garden Center on Sunday. My husband and I were there shopping for items for our garden. He’s way beyond excited about our garden this year and I’m all too happy to support him in this endeavor. Who wouldn’t want their own fresh veggies every day?
But that’s not really the point, when I saw this sign it made me smile. Then it made me think of my friend and fellow yoga teacher who always reminds her class to “be nice to everyone you meet and in that way you are always practicing yoga, even between classes.”
I like this sentiment. I share it with my students too. It’s a simple practice that I think everyone could use more of, after all, when we start to take our practice off our mat is when we see the most impact.
Work hard, not work yourself to death. Life is all about balance, no? I think about all of the work situations I’ve been in over the years and how hard it was at times to be nice to people simply because of the negative environment I found myself in, but still I persisted (or at least I tried!). Being nice doesn’t mean you have to be a doormat. Being nice means finding a non-violent, compassionate way to communicate with others. It’s about putting your differences aside to support a common goal. Work hard, don’t get lazy, stick to the task at hand, stay focused. Practice your tapas. You will come across people that will challenge you in ways you cannot imagine, but that’s the practice and probably your karma too. In the end, just be nice. If you need more guidance, remember the four keys to happiness. Do what you need to do to move past the situation, but remember to be nice.
Keep up your practice and start by being nice. Why invite in negative thoughts and emotions and let yourself get bothered? Try to find the nice way to handle what or who is in front of you. Be nice to everyone you meet and you will keep a calm, happy mind.