The power of the mind, coupled with the human spirit, is an incredible duo.
There are two ways to experience life.
The former is to look at our outer circumstances and allow our 5 senses to be the driver of our happiness, a measure of success and self-worth. The latter is to allow our inner life to inform our degree of happiness, the measure of success and self-worth.
We've all heard of the saying: if you believe it to be true, then it's true for you.
This means that regardless of fact, stats or story, if I believe something to be true, my heart and mind will align to make it so. The brain, after all, has evolved to support this, even in the so-called objective data of observation.
Our faith deepens what we will see, regardless of fact.
I remember the times in my life when I was unhappy. knowingly or unknowingly, I said yes to blame, shame, criticism, complaint, and judgment. Just re-reading this post sentence makes me feel icky. Why would I have chosen that?
Well, for starters, I 'm not sure if the choice was one of conscious awareness. We all slide up and down the scale of conscious awareness (sometimes, taking many trips a day), don't we? This is part of our human beingness.
As awakened individuals, our task is to be present to our own "icky." Regardless of situation or circumstance, when we feel our icky coming on, our job is to be aware of and stay vigilant to our attitude.
We can stop ourselves from the rising negative tide by deliberately focusing on gratitude, and engage ourselves in the practice of counting our blessings. This simple mindful process can lift the clouds and change the weather, raising awareness the good that surrounds us all.
Choose happiness today!
Have you undergone such a practice to turn your frown upside down? Please share the experience with us as you are called. <3