06 Dec Your mind is so powerful…and can be used for happiness!
via PickTheBrain by Drew Drake
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking” – Marcus Aurelius
Our mind is so complex that we can forget how powerful it is.
It can either make or break us at any given moment. It has the power to take us to the stars or throw us off a cliff.
According to the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the USA, with 42,773 Americans dying by suicide every year.
The mind is the root cause of suicide, with over 90% of cases attributed to mental illness.
With a concerted effort, we can achieve a state of continuous happiness by teaching the mind to think positively.
HAPPINESS IS NOT IN THE FUTURE
“People look to time in the expectation that it will eventually make them happy, but you cannot find true happiness by looking toward the future” – Eckhart Tolle
How often do we say to ourselves ‘I’ll be happy when the bills are paid’. Or ‘When I was younger, things were better’?
We are all guilty of falling into the trap of believing that we will feel better in the future. Or we reminisce about how much easier life was back in the day.
The truth is, happiness has little to do with circumstances. Mental constructions of future and past have a huge impact on our current state. In reality, though, they have nothing to do with how things actually ‘are’ right now.
Like a ping pong match, our mind will bounce back and forth between ideas. It says ‘I’ll feel great when I lose the excess weight’ or ‘I was happier when I ate whatever I wanted’. It cannot make a decision and we wonder why we are confused.
Perception of a circumstance, not the actual circumstance, determines our happiness. If left unchecked, your mind will come up with countless reasons to be unsatisfied.
To enjoy a more balanced life, we must first notice disempowering thoughts. We must then redirect these thoughts and turn them into empowering ones.
The future is simply a dream-like projection of mind-made fantasies. It is not real. It exists only in your head.
If you want to think about the future, consider it in a positive way and then take constructive action in the now…
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