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Bringing light to the inner darkness…

When looking back to the past, some old people will regret mistakes and imperfections especially. Few who realize, such perspective poison the future and steal the happiness in the present. I deeply thank to my 40 years meditation practice which guide me to have a more positive-holistic view of the past. Here’s my daily life conversation with my younger self whenever bad mood, bad memory, self-guilt visit me: “As you can not see the stars without the darkness of the night, you cannot have deep happiness without experiencing deep sadness. You cannot have resilience without difficulties. You will never know the true friend without meeting the fake ones”

“In short, these things are not opposites. They are partners. The Chinese elder called it Yin-Yang, the Balinese elder give it a beautiful name of rwa-bhineda. As night and day, mud and lotus, winter and summer, everything flow in this realm. Refusing to flow, that’s the gate of suffering. When you’re one with the flow, you do not only close the gate of suffering, but also open the gate of freedom. As soon as you open the gate of freedom, you’ll beautifully smile to the following messages of the wise of the past”.

“Your hard work is the dream of every unemployed person. Your restless child is the dream of everyone without children. Your small home is the dream of every homeless person. Your little capital is the dream of every debtor. Your poor health is the dream of every patient with an incurable disease. Your peace, your peaceful sleep, your accessible food is the dream of everyone in a country at war”. “In other words, the rich person is not the one who have all the best, but the one who see that everything that happen is the best. At least you get the best lesson from the worst mistake. This approach of life make you appreciates everything that happen. As a result, those dark past will not hamper your journey to the future. Above all, it will not rob your happiness in the present moment. In short, make someone smile everyday. But remember, you are someone too. That’s how to bring light to the inner darkness”.

Since inner conversation is the longest and the most influential conversation, now let’s dive deeper how inner conversation can beautifully change our life both in the future and in the present.

The healthiest inner conversations…

Engaging in healthy inner conversations is crucial for mental well-being and personal growth. These dialogues with ourselves shape our perceptions, emotions, and actions. The healthiest inner conversations are characterized by positivity, self-compassion, realism, and a growth-oriented mindset. Firstly, positivity in self-talk involves focusing on strengths and achievements rather than dwelling on shortcomings and failures. Affirming one’s abilities and celebrating small victories fosters a sense of accomplishment and builds self-esteem. Positive self-talk encourages a hopeful and proactive attitude, making it easier to tackle challenges.

Self-compassion is another essential element of healthy inner conversations. This involves treating oneself with the same kindness and understanding one would offer a friend. Instead of harshly criticizing oneself for mistakes or perceived inadequacies, self-compassionate dialogue acknowledges that everyone makes errors and that imperfections are a natural part of being human. This approach reduces stress and anxiety, promoting emotional resilience.

Leading you to a more fulfilling lives…

Healthy inner conversations focus on learning from experiences and viewing challenges as opportunities for development. This mindset encourages persistence and adaptability, recognizing that effort and perseverance are key to overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. Incorporating mindfulness into inner dialogue is beneficial as well. Mindfulness encourages staying present and observing thoughts and feelings without judgment. This practice helps in managing negative emotions and maintaining a balanced perspective.

Overall, the healthiest inner conversations are supportive, realistic, and growth-focused. They foster a positive self-image, emotional resilience, and a proactive approach to life’s challenges. By cultivating these types of inner dialogues, individuals can enhance their mental health, achieve personal goals, and lead more fulfilling lives.

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About the author

H.H. Guruji Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

more details on Gede Prama can be found on https://www.gedeprama.com

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