1. Realize that life does not have to be perfect to be great. The more time you spend trying to make your life perfect, the less time you can spend enjoying it. Drop the idea that if the world is not perfect, its not right. The world is perfectly imperfect. You just need to learn to enjoy the blemishes as well as the gems. Even more important, forgive yourself for your own imperfections. Just tell yourself, and say it out loud: Its all a part of being the beautifully, wonderfully flawed me! Then enjoy those flaws all just the same. 2. Acknowledge your own divinity from time to time. Believe it or not, you were born beautifully divine. The world just never learned to embrace it, and you never learned to enjoy it. The secret to happiness is not to pursue that which you dont have. The secret is to look within and acknowledge your own simple truth, your own divinity. All the rest can be let go. 3. Sow the seeds of positive thoughts. You can't control all of your thoughts. They'll come on their own accord. But you can control how you respond to them. Many of the thoughts you have are simply the way the brain works. It is free to do what it wants. Think of your thoughts as seeds that grow within you. You can cultivate wonderful crops, or you can let the weeds grow untended. When you cultivate good thoughts, you live. 4. Let go and just be. Real happiness is not about being ecstatic every minute of every day. True happiness is about being content, being in balance, and living a life that is productive, fulfilling, and enjoyable. Learn to let go of all the drama that upsets your balance. If it takes away from your contentment, then let it go. Change your point of view by not focusing on the negative, but by reminding yourself of the positive in your life. 5. Find your own simple truth. Do the things you love the most, follow your heart, your passions, and your dreams. Look for meaning in your actions and purpose in whatever direction you decide to follow. Those are what will lead you to your simple truth, which is the path to your higher self and to becoming the divine being you were meant to be. Its no longer enough to accept the way things are and the life you have. There is a wonderful opportunity to live the life you were born to live. The power is within you. All you have to do is take the first step toward realizing it. ..... http://www.mindbodygreen.com/
If it takes away from your contentment, then let it go. Change your point of view by not focusing on the negative, but by reminding yourself of the positive in your life. 5. Find your own simple truth.
MUST LEARN TO DO THIS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE
Thanks, Larry. This looks like a wonderful group!
I think #3 Sow the seeds of positive thoughts, was the hardest step for me. I always tried to keep my thoughts positive and optomistic, but I had a hard time controlling the fear images that would pop in my head without warning. They were happening quite frequently. When they arise, I go through my own 3 step process. First taking a deep breath, next I visualize the fear image as a bubble floating into the universe and with an imaginary needle, I pop the bubble. Lastly, I replace the fear image with a positive image (if the fear image was me falling down the steps, I visualize myself gracefully making it down with a smile on my face). Since I've been going through this process, they appear to have stopped. It has been at least half a year since I had a fear image.
Our minds are powerful things......