Monday, June 29, 2009

Think Again

I’ve been thinking lately…if I could only have one wish from that proverbial Genie; and if it couldn’t be wishing for more wishes - doesn’t that just blow the three-wish-thing to smithereens? - I would wish for everyone in the world to have that “falling in love” feeling. Think about it. If everyone were to be experiencing the happiness that that feeling engenders it would be virtually impossible to start wars or conflicts with ourselves, our neighbors or any other country. Poof, we would be happy regardless of external circumstances.

So, how do find happiness without that Genie? It begins with the inner landscape of our mind. We must change what we focus on - even though journalistic sensationalism has us glued to stories ranging from Kate & Jon’s separation to 24/7 coverage of Michael Jackson’s death - our minds have been hijacked by the over stimulation of that larger-than-life noise. It has become the backdrop of our lives. Anything less these days seems dull. We must begin a vigorous re-training of our minds back to sanity and truth - this is where our happiness lies and trust me…it is not boring. I know it seems overly simplistic to say ‘think happy thoughts and you will be happy,’ but tossing out the cacophony that distracts us from peace is vital.

We’ve been told that changing our thoughts changes our lives ("Thoughts have the peculiar quality of becoming their physical equivalence,"Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich) and now quantum physicists and string theorists are backing up those claims with scientific proof. As Gregg Braden, best selling author known for bridging science and spirituality, so eloquently puts it, “New discoveries suggest that our world is the mirror of our beliefs. What we once believed is about to change.”

This week, I recommend that you check out Jacob Glass’ Happiness Boot-Camp (the link is under Teachers & Tools). Psychologist, Jonas Chong tells us that out of the 60,000 or so thoughts that we have per day, 87% of them are negative and repetitive - talk about boring! And, if our thoughts create our lives and our beliefs are nothing more than thoughts we keep on thinking, then nothing less than a boot camp is required if we are serious about changing our lives and becoming happy. We must be about the business of re-training our minds. We must begin to think on other things in order to create happiness in our lives, which will then bring us our heart’s desires, not the other way around.

I leave you this week with a quote from Christiane Northrup, MD who says, “The world is going to be changed by joy and pleasure, not pain, not fear.”

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