We have a choice of what we repeat, and of which circuits we choose to "feed." Feed the one that's going to make you happier and healthier, and basic neuroscience might do the rest of the work for you.
Probably the most important thing I learned during this 10-day session was to not underestimate the power of a minute dedicated towards something good, especially when you can change how you think in only 10.
Like those fantastic Mom-and-kid Cheerio duos, fill your every moment with as much appreciation, joy, gratitude and enthusiasm as you can muster. You'll have not only a healthy heart, but a happy, long-lived one as well.
The next time you find yourself in the middle of an insatiable craving, or are about to make a choice that is not in alignment with honoring your body, here are five possibilities to free yourself from the situation:
Your attention is limited and when it is soaked up with destructive or useless thinking, there is little left to give to the things that really matter. Give up these seven types of thinking patterns and see how your life benefits from living in the present moment.
A life of healing can exist after depression, and self-harm. You must first be patient with yourself, trust yourself, and silence the parts of yourself that try to persuade you to think less of yourself.
Once you have made healthy living your goal and lifestyle all other things and people will start to fit into your healthy schedule. All others around you will also benefit from your example and your healthy mindset and habits will be a great influence on them, too.
At the end of every day, we must remind ourselves that we may not feel happy all the time, and that's okay. As long as we're feeling something, we're still participating. That's all we can ask of each other.
Both culturally and individually, we have a great opportunity to rethink our most fundamental definitions of "birth" and "death." Our physical and spiritual understanding of these terms must be reconciled in the process.
The truth is, most people don't take any time to look after the mind, to allow it to rest, to keep it healthy. In fact most people aren't even familiar with the simple things we can do in everyday life to promote a healthy mind.