It's All About Perception
Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!~ Oscar Wilde
If you're looking for an answer to such questions as these, you will find that the answers lay with in your perception or should I say "lack of". It's your perception about the things that come up in your life that make you feel the way you do. Changing life from the negative to the positive, is about changing the way you view everyday events, which will in turn change the outcome of how you feel about whats happening around you. If you never look for positives in situations and can only ever see the negatives, then that is exactly what you will receive. It is after all, all you can see at that time.
"When my house burned down, I gained an unobstructed view of the moonlit sky" ~ Zen Buddhism Quote
Re-Wire Your Brain
We actually wire our brain to become negative, training it in a sense, to take the road well-travelled. For the more awakened among us, they are walking along a tree-lined avenue, full of the beauty of life, but for many of us who are less spiritually awakened, it could feel more like walking through the set of "Nightmare On Elm Street".
Studies have shown that 90% of error in thinking is due to error in perception. If you can change your perception, you can change your emotion and this can lead to new ideas. ~Edward de Bono
It is our very own habitual thoughts and behaviours that create our suffering. It takes much practice to change our thought paths and patterns but neurological science has proven that it can be done. We can re-wire our own brains.
Leading brain researcher Richard Davidson, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said, "Based on what we know about the plasticity of the brain, we can think of happiness as a skill, no different from learning to play a musical instrument...it is possible to train our minds to be happy."
Over time the neurological pathways become worn down from being trampled along, day in and day out. We follow the same negative paths so much, that it is as if a groove forms with in them, leading to the easiest pathway for our thoughts to travel along. Trying to change your thoughts (or neuro pathways) can be a little like taking a left turn, when it feels like you must do what you have always done, and that is to take a right turn.
To improve our thoughts and our mindset, we need to work out a little, much like working out to improve your body, you can also work out to improve your mind.
The Easy Way To Exercise Your Brain To Health
No one likes the thought of lots of hard work and exercise right? Generally speaking, finding your way along the path to happiness and enlightenment is usually considered a long-term prospect. There are however a couple of things that you can do to help you along the way.
What you have is good enough - The lazy man's path to enlightenment
- Ajahn Khemavaro
With this quote, Khemavaro is referring to the ease in which we can find happiness, by learning to be happy with what is already right in front of us. Realising that what we have is good enough starts us on a path towards gratitude and contentment.
But to do this, we have to change our perspective. We are so caught up in our sense pleasures, always thinking about the next best thing, the next boyfriend or girlfriend, the next new car...or thinking about how we can get more out of life, more from our partner, more love and more money. Another common problem faced is constantly living in the past, almost like we have become firmly lodged in the mud of one of our neuro pathways, constantly reliving past guilt or resentment. Gratitude and contentment shows us the way out of the woods, so to say
If we can train the mind to have faith and trust within the present moment, you realise you don't need to be young, have a healthy body or lot's of money to be happy, you just need to be in the here and now. Learn to have trust in the present moment and faith that whatever is happening with you right now is good enough.
Being In The Present Moment
If you, like many other people have problems being in the present moment here is a technique that you may find useful.
Five Things Presence Awareness Exercise
- Think of five things you can presently see - e.g. the hands moving on your watch, the curtains, the sofa...etc
- Think of five things you can presently hear e.g. my watch ticking, the t.v, a bird singing outside...etc
- Think of five things you can presently feel e.g. my jeans on my legs, the chair under my backside, my shoes on my feet...etc
- Now lower the count to four things you can presently see, hear and feel
- Carry on this way, dropping to three things, then two and finally one thing
This is a fantastic exercise to ground yourself, especially if you find yourself stuck in future or past thinking that is causing you some stress.
Meditation, of course is the most beneficial present awareness exercise that you can do. Just the actual act of meditating in itself calls for you to find peace and be present in the now.
Mindfulness, Bliss And Beyond
Amazon Price: Buy Now
(price as of Mar 24, 2014)
What We Have Is Good Enough
Mdeditate In Comfort
Amazon Price: $65.00 Buy Now
(price as of Mar 24, 2014)