Kum Nye awakens joy and helps us make life worth living. It empowers us to create a positive and productive way of life.
Tarthang Tulku, Joy of Being
When I lived overseas, more than a few people responded to my salutation “Have a good day!” by saying it was “soooo” American – and some people actually meant it as a compliment. OK, this may be true. What’s wrong with that? I think of it as a wish (not an order, as some grumpy people will assert.)
That said – sometimes, having a good day seems difficult.
Fortunately, the truth is that the day we have is the day we make. Some days we get ingredients that make it easier to make a good one than on other days. But we can always make a good day. Maybe not a great day, but a good day.
If you wake up or find yourself in a unhappy frame of mind, try doing Exercise 5 Expanding Feeling from Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga. The exercise as it is written in the book directs us to take a happy memory and play with it, explore it in a particular way. If you have a difficult time finding a happy memory, try using someone else’s happy memory (a wedding, birthday, etc), a scene from a movie that made you happy, a happy song or even imagine yourself feeling the joy of an animal – try this video about dolphins.
If you’d like to be guided through a short session, you can find an mp3 here.
Have a – make a – very Kum Nye day!