Back to School and Bullying: Part II

In Part I of our series Back to School and Bullying, Dr. Bria Bliss, author of Breaking Free of Bullying discussed how fearful thoughts about our bullying creates more bullying into our lives because whatever we think about, makes it come true.  The key to handling bullying situations is to focus on what you DO WANT, not what you don’t want. 

Breaking Free of Bullying by Dr. Bria Bliss Courtesy of MindfulYourLife.org

Instead of thinking, “I don’t want to be bullied,” you must think “I have many peaceful friends.”  Rather than worrying, “I hope I don’t run into that group of people (who bully me),” state over and over again in your mind, “Only positive people surround me.”  It will help to have earbuds in which you can use while walking down the halls. 

Bullying creates negative thinking Courtesy of Pixabay.com

In Part I, Dr. Bria Bliss disclosed how long it took her to realize that walking down a hall with fake friends was not productive.  She allowed her needing to be needed to create misery in her life which included back-stabbing bullying.  It wasn’t until she walked down a different hallway, that her life began to change.

Bullying creates fearful thoughts Courtesy of Pixabay.com

It is not enough however, to just walk down a different hallway.  You must also do so with gratitude holding your hand.  Until you are grateful for what you do have in your life right now, you will not be able to move from that pain and into prosperity.  Take for example this story about having an ungrateful attitude:

The Pretty Princess

Long ago in a faraway land, lived a pretty princess.  One day, while wandering in the forest, the pretty princess began picking flowers by a stream.  As she walked along the streams’ banks she came across a beautiful pond and noticed her reflection in the water.

“Oh! How beautiful my hair is!” she exclaimed. “It is so long, thick, and flowing.  I shall put all these beautiful flowers on me to enhance the beauty of my lovely hair!”  And so she did.  As she continued to position a beautiful crown of flowers on her head, she noticed the outline of her body.  Suddenly she gasped, “How horrifying my legs are!  They are so thin and bony!  Why would God bestow upon me such lovely locks and then disgrace me with such ugly, useless legs?”  In her despair, she ran back through the forest to her castle.

Gratitude grows goodness Courtesy of Pixabay.com

As the pretty princess ran hastily through the forest, she came upon a huge bear!  Filled with ire from hunger, the bear lunged towards the pretty princess.  Immediately, the princess stormed off at full speed, through the forest, headed toward the safety of her castle.  Unexpectedly, her hair got tangled in the tree branches and limbs. Try as she might, she could not untangle herself from the wretched thralls of the forest’s brushwood. 

In a state of panic, the princess cried aloud “Oh how I cursed my legs that God gave me!  These amazing legs that helped me run swiftly through the forest were my refuge!  Oh and how I praised, in vain, my lovely locks which will be the cause of my demise!”  It was at that moment that the princess came to the realization and importance of honoring ourselves just as God made us.  And as she pondered regrettably about her ingratitude, the bear seized upon her, and she was no more.

The moral of the story is simple: Focus on what you want, NOT what you DON’T WANT.  Yes, the princess loved her hair, but she hated her legs more, thus she created a situation that she didn’t want because she was ungrateful.  If you are focusing on what you hate about yourself, thinking about it constantly, looking in the mirror and obsessing about your ugliness, then the bullying will continue in your life.

When we are feeling defeated, hurt, and angry it is difficult to find positive things within us.  You must begin with something, your eyes, your talent, your intelligence, your smile.  You have something you can focus on that you’re grateful for because believe it or not, YOU ARE NOT A MISTAKE!  You are here for a reason and you must focus on that!

Appreciate your awesomeness Courtesy of Pixabay.com

In Part III we will discuss how music can help inspire and uplift you from pain and into prosperity.  Until then, take 15 minutes each day and write all the things you are grateful for.  As you read it daily, you will begin to see a shift.  I know you will succeed; you are unlimited at what you can do!

Be Blissfully Bountiful!

All photos courtesy of www.Pixabay.com and www.MindfulYourLife.org 

Dr. Bria Bliss has a PhD in Philosophy Education and has been an elementary school teacher for 21 years.

To purchase her book go to www.MindfulYourLife.org 

You can contact Dr. Bliss at [email protected]

Patti Martin, PhD is a feature writer on Mindfulness Education and Angel Readings.

For more information go to www.MindfullYourLife.org 

You can contact Dr. Martin at [email protected]

 

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