Enjoying good health and a sense of well-being is the natural state of your body—the way it is supposed to be, and what it has been perfectly created to provide you with.
All you have to do is provide it with a little assistance from time-to-time.
By simply tweaking a few things that you do throughout your day just a little bit, it is easier than you think to regain what is rightfully yours, and restore your health and wellbeing to its former strength and vitality.
What is the first step?
Throughout the day ask yourself these 4 simple questions.
Question #1: “Is what I’m thinking about at this very moment positive?”
Studies have shown that about 80% of an average person’s thoughts are negative: I don’t have enough time, enough money, I’ve got too much work to do, this is unfair, etc. Typically, you have one thought every 2 seconds, which adds up to 43,000 thoughts a day. If about 80% of them are not positive, that means you have more than 34,000 negative thoughts a day, and a whopping 12 million negative thoughts a year. Since your thoughts influence your mood, focus, clarity of thinking, and numerous other things, it is no wonder that so many people feel over-whelmed, stressed, and lacking – what else would you expect?
If a negative thought enters your mind simply think of a positive one that makes you feel better. It could be anything at all – the first time you held your baby, the day you got married, the day you got divorced, a delicious meal you had last night, the awe-inspiring sunset you saw last weekend, or the time you laughed so hard you had tears running down your eyes.
In addition to instantly improving your mood, over time it trains your unconscious mind to seek out, draw attention to, and focus more on all of the wonderful, life-enhancing things that are all around you. This not only creates much more of it in your life today, it also lays the foundation for a better tomorrow. How does it do all that?
We are habitual beings who tend to do, as well as think the same things over and over again. Since more than 75% of the thoughts you have today are similar to the thoughts you had yesterday, it makes perfect sense to “elevate” the quality of your thoughts. By improving what you think about today, you are more likely to think about them tomorrow—just as “success breeds success”, positive thoughts today breed positive thoughts for tomorrow.
The thing is to be more aware of, and pay more attention to your inner self-talk. This allows you to better control not only your thoughts, feelings and emotions, but also your actions.
Question #2: “Am I in the present moment?”
More than 85% time you are not. Have you ever driven your car and thought, I don’t remember driving the last 10 minutes? Have you ever gotten dressed, or did your makeup, or prepared lunch and thought, I don’t remember doing any of those things either? Well you didn’t drive your car, get dressed, put on your makeup, or prepare lunch—your unconscious mind did. It had you running on autopilot. And guess what? You were totally unaware of it. So where exactly were you?
You were everywhere and anywhere at any given moment except actually living in the present moment. You were either trapped in the past and rehashing old events, or locked in the future and anxiously juggling it (when I get home I have to make dinner, pay the bills, do the laundry, etc.).
One of the great things about being in the present moment is that you are always happy, because you don’t have the baggage from the past or the pressures of the future to drag you down. As Lao Tzu said:
“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”
Being in the present moment also allows you to be more aware of, feel, and experience all the beauty and wonders that are not only in front of you, but all around you—that are in clear sight, but sometimes not visible to your eye. In addition, when you are in the present moment you are using your conscious mind and actually thinking about the reality that exists around you and then thoughtfully RESPONDING to it.
When you are not in the present moment you are in your unconscious mind, which has you running on autopilot and emotionally REACTING to circumstances in a pre-programmed way that can sometimes be outdated, and self-limiting. So be happier… and remember to be here now. Be somewhere else later. OK?
How can you be in the present moment more often? What are the 2 remaining questions you should be asking yourself throughout your day?
To be continued…