Life is a practice and what you choose to practice is what will make up your character. It’s worth considering what you value in life and then making an intention and plan to live alongside those values. This is the direct back to living Ghandi’s words, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Consider how simple it really is:
If you want to be more grateful in life, practice being grateful.
If you want to be confident, practice confidence.
If you want to be more mindful, practice mindfulness.
If you want to be more loving, practice loving yourself and others.
If you want to be more forgiving and let go of stress-laden emotional burdens, practice forgiveness.
If you want to live essential happiness ingredients such as compassion and generosity, practice compassion and generosity.
With this said, no one said it’s going to be easy. We are all blessed with this negativity bias in our brains that has kept us alert enough to negative and fearful cues to survive this long as a species.
However, this negativity bias steps too far and infringes on us doing what we know inside is the direct path to happiness and well-being. Ittells us we’re not able to practice these things, or that we’re not good enough, or that if we feel too good we might be caught off guard and so inspires catastrophizing and keeps us down.
It’s time to rise up and listen to the wisdom inside. We can learn how to listen to the negativity bias when it matters and cool it down when it’s misdirected.
Learning to practice what we know is the right path for us is contagious. It gives other people permission to do it for themselves and the ripple effects can continue on and on and on.
We need one another to do this and at the same time it starts with me and you.
Choose today to be the day to intentionally practice the change you want to see in the world.
It is in each and every one us, be that loving awareness.
Adapted from Mindfulness and Psychotherapy