I recently bought this book for myself and have been using it to guide my thoughts throughout the day. It's full of little reminders about relaxing, accepting ourselves, and giving our best to the world around us. I find that if I really take the time to digest its messages, I am calmer and more content throughout the day. Highly recommended!
Anyway, I just had to share last Friday's practice.
Last Friday's little reminder said that we tend to get so wrapped up in ourselves and our negative emotions that we forget to have empathy for the suffering of others, and even to support ourselves through our own negative times. Instead of recognizing that tough times are part of life, we berate ourselves and bemoan our circumstances. Practicing compassion towards others and ourselves helps us to feel more whole and present.
The practice is to write the word "compassion" on the container you drink water from all day. Every time you take a drink, that word should be a reminder to think of the suffering of others and yourself. The idea is not to get you depressed. It's to focus on that supportive place inside of you, instead of that black hole we can get sucked into, thinking about how much everything stinks! A simple practice with profound meaning.
P.S. When I open a new container of mascara, I stick a piece of masking tape on the tube with the date written on it. Then I know exactly when three months have passed and I should swap it for a fresh batch!