Do you know about the Three Wise Monkeys? I’ll bet you do. We in the west know them as “See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil,” But in Japan they’re called Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru, and by now, they could be a couple of thousand years old.
Neither ‘snoopy, nosey or gossipy’, these polite primates have been illustrating what we’d call “The Golden Rule” for a long time now, and the message never grows old. Today we might call them ‘positive thinkers,’ because without a doubt they show us the three key positive thinking activities for a happy, healthy life.
1. Mizaru Sees No Evil
You know that saying: “Energy flows where attention goes”? Well if Little Mizaru were around today, that’s probably what he’d tell you if you asked him why he sees no evil. If you want to think positively, you’ve gotta literally look for things to feel positive about. An example – I’m writing this as I watch the snow tumble down – whiting out the sky. It’s April folks, and I like the warm. But when I look out into that winter wonderland, what I’m seein’ is the beauty of nature, the brightness of the white, and the soft downy blanket on the lawn … get the idea?
2. Kikazaru Hears No Evil
Water cooler gripers, op-ed critics, FOX News ‘reporters’ and snipey, critical ‘friends’ – what do they have in common? They fill your ears with negative crap. “Walk away, turn, the page, turn ‘em down and turn-’em off!” That’s what Kikazaru might say if he was around today.
3. Iwazaru Speaks No Evil
“Put a sock in it!” are no monkey-mince-mouth words. Especially if the only thing coming outta your mouth is complaint, criticism or worst of all – whining. (Uh .. gossip’s a no-no, too). Your mom might be more polite, with the old adage about “if you haven’t got anything nice to say …” But when it comes to words, mom and monkey are on the same page. If you’re cool with letting garbage roll off your tongue, try not to ask for pity when that’s what you get back.
Because it Works
Some things stand the test of time because they work. And when it comes to positive thinking activities, making conscious choices about what you want to look at, listen to and talk about will make a definite difference in how you go through life. So start looking for the beauty in everything you see, start turning off the negitude and tuning in to happy words, thoughts and deeds. And by all means, start speaking about what you love, what you appreciate and what you want. When you do these three things regularly, your life will change for the better.
Seeing, Hearing, Speaking – which of these areas of your life needs a little more positivity? More importantly, what are you going to do about it? Leave us a comment and let us know.