The Aaaaaaaaahhh principle

Kathy Krugercontentment, find your flow, go with the flow, meditation36 Comments

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You know that feeling – you’re lying back in a hammock, cool breeze caressing your face, great new book waiting to be read, the waves gently lapping the beautiful sandy beach – perhaps your even on some tropical isle and a waiter is about to bring you something to drink that’s cool and exotic and tastes oh so good. And you let out a deep, long sigh – Aaaaaaaahhh.

It feels great – the release, the gratitude, that sweet, sweet sense of peace.

Perhaps you’ve let out such a long, deep sigh in relief after a medical test has come back OK, or after a long and difficult challenge is finally over.

You know that sigh – it’s like anything and everything can be let go of, at the same time as anything and everything can be accepted.

Maybe it is hard to match the gratitude of a good medical result or the peaceful release of a much-anticipated holiday.

But if you try my Aaaaaaaaahhh principle you might be able to recapture that sense, even every day.

Let’s start with the slightly shorter Aaaaaahh to get you practising, before we move on to the longer version.

Awareness – become aware of the thoughts in you head, softly without attachment to them

Acknowledgement – acknowledge that you have ‘good’ and ‘bad’ thoughts, without labelling them

Acceptance – accept the thoughts you’d rather not have (eg guilt,fear,frustration) and breathe them out

Attitude – choose an attitude of love and compassion and thoughts of kindness, forgiveness and joy

Attention – continue to focus on loving thoughts and watch them grow in between the stillness

Appreciation – appreciate the flow of loving thoughts and the peaceful spaces between them

Happiness – enjoy happiness as loving thoughts and peaceful presence become your habitual mental state

Health – realize the health benefits of a calm, peaceful and loving mind

Feels good right.

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Now for the longer version you can add in:

Alignment – know that when your thoughts flow with love you are in sync with the universe

Abundance – realize that your loving thoughts in alignment with the universe create everlasting abundance

Awakening – understand that it is universal love that flows through you connecting you to everything and everyone

and finish with:

Harmony feel at one with the divine universe (God) and know that anything is possible

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Aaaaaaaaahhh, now that feels great.

Love for you to try it – let me know how you go. Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT and joining in FYBF with Grace.

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Kathy X

 

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36 Comments on “The Aaaaaaaaahhh principle”

    1. Kathy Kruger

      So glad the yoga is going well for you Amy – and there is a certain aaaahhh in feeling those aches and pains when you know your body is benefiting – I love the feeling of tired muscles, makes me feel alive.

  1. Vanessa

    Really interesting – I heard on the radio this morning that sighing was good for heart health. Only they made it sound like the tsk tsk, head shaking version. I like this much better!

  2. mummywifeme

    You’re too clever, Kathy. And yes, it does feel good. I always have that aaah moment after a swim. It’s the only thing that really winds me down :)

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Thanks Renee. A swim always feels great, especially if I just float for a while. It is that suspension of the senses underwater I think – you just feel a real sense of peace.

  3. Tegan Churchill

    The short version is very similar to what I am doing with my psychologist at the moment. I find it much easier to accept that the thoughts that I don’t like will come, but that it is how I deal with them that matters. I feel less pressure that way.

    1. Kathy Kruger

      That’s great that a similar technique is helping you Tegan. Our minds can be crazy – we have negative thoughts then feel guilty for having negative thoughts, then feel guilty for feeling guilty! Talk about piling on layers of emotion!

  4. Tonia Zemek

    Love this Kathy. I read something recently about the misconceptions around “taking a deep breath” but often it’s the exhaling that’s far more beneficial. Such a release (and relief). Another great post. Hope your weekend is full of aaaah moments. x

    1. Kathy Kruger

      I agree – and the deeper we exhale the more room we leave to ‘breathe in’ the good stuff. I think we need plenty of aaaaahhh moments and hopefully some Ah-Ha moments too!

    1. Kathy Kruger

      It really starts with acceptance doesn’t it Grace. Otherwise we spend our lives arguing with what IS. Doesn’t mean we can’t embrace change – we just have to be OK with where we are and change from there.

  5. This Charming Mum

    That’s beautiful Kathy (as always). Have you thought of recording that as a video or podcast? I’d love to have a soothing voice telling me those things as I fell asleep!

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Thanks you and good idea Lara – I shared it when I taught my yin yoga class the other day. I have plans to do some more meditations (I’ve mostly done kids ones but some adult ones too).

  6. lifeloveandhiccups

    I felt a huge aaaahhhhh come out of myself as I read this Kathy. I have been exploring more of this lately and your post was perfect timing and I took it as a sign that by allowing myself more aaaaahhhh moments I am on the right path xx

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