Yet there are
times when the beauty of a sunset stops me in my tracks or simply looking at
someone I love fills my heart with a gratitude that just leaves me speechless.
In those moments, my higher self sits at the helm and the stories in my mind
stop mattering whatsoever.
This is really
the essence of mindfulness. Mindfulness basically means being rooted in the
moment, aware of what you’re feeling and thinking in your body and mind. It’s a
powerful state because when you can change what you’re thinking, you’re no
longer a slave to your thoughts.
is a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”
this up. According to a recent study by Massachusetts General Hospital,
consistent mindfulness literally changes the neurons in your brain.
So if you
practice mindfulness in moments of anxiety or depression – and you take
positive actions such as listing 5 great things you have going for you
– your brain will transform your experience on a chemical level.
Then you become
the author of your own life story.
But it takes
practice to be mindful. And it takes a willingness to set aside our little
stories and quibbles with life – no small thing!
nondenominational Serenity Prayer (which is usually attributed to American
theologian Reinhold Niebuhr) is one of my life’s touchstones for exactly this
me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference
We humans are
stuck in linear time and cannot change the past. But the future is your oyster
– and it’s up to you to walk in the direction of your highest self…