Good Vibes and speaking with kind intention

Good Vibes and speaking with kind intention

Everything in the universe is a vibration. You’ve heard of string theory, right? According to string theory, all particles in the universe are actually tiny vibrating strings. Each type of vibration corresponds to a different particle.

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You’ve probably heard the expression “good vibes.” You maybe can’t pinpoint exactly what they are, but you know them when you feel them. 

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In yoga we believe that prana, or our life force, is also a vibrating energy. It flows through energetic channels of the body, called the nadis. One of the reasons we chant “om” in yoga class is to unite our vibrations. If you’ve ever done this, you may have noticed that the “om” at the beginning of class is just okay, but the “om” at the end of class is strong. That’s because the yoga asanas have unblocked and cleared our nadis, and our prana is flowing.

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All sounds have vibrations

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Think of the difference between the music of a wooden flute versus the music of a pounding synthesizer. Not that one is better than the other, but they have different vibrations, and thus we react to them in different ways. 

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What about the sounds of birds, or the sound of the ocean? Compare that with the sound of a leaf blower or traffic noise. One is beautiful and relaxing, the other annoying. This is one of the many reasons why time spent outdoors is so good for us, because it brings us back to sounds (and much more) that nurture us. 

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Certain sounds can lift us up, while other sounds pull us down.

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Words have vibrations, too. Think about how you feel when someone says your name, for instance. You might hear your parents’ voices calling you by all three names, like when you get in trouble: Ellen Wallace Beal! Or you might melt when someone you love says your name. Different vibrations. 

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The general coarseness of language these days really bothers me because I feel those “bad vibes” from four-letter words. I don’t mean that I never use them myself, but I try not to. 

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What bothers me the most is the way those words are spoken with no awareness. Sometimes I will overhear people talking, and everything is “f-ing this” and “f-ing that.” The f-word is used so much that we get used to it and become immune to the bad vibrations. 

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Other words might not be offensive on their own, but they might be spoken with intent to hurt. Take the expression, “Bless her heart.” It is sometimes spoken without kind intention, such as: “Did you see that dress she had on? Bless her heart.” 

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Speak words with “good vibes” 

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What if, for today, we made it our practice to speak only words with good vibrations? It might require some extra thought and pausing before we speak. It would definitely require awareness—noticing how we use our words and which ones we choose. It might even cause someone around us to say, “What is up with you today?” 

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Yet refraining from just one “bad vibes” word would stop negative vibrations from being released into the universe. Maybe it would lead us to a more polite society, or, in the words of the late George H. W. Bush, a kinder, gentler society. That sounds pretty good to me right now. 



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