A NEW LEASE—on Life!
By Judit Rajhathy, B.A., RNCP, D.Ac.
Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life
We have so much to learn from our Mexican friends and neighbors - mañana sounds better and better every day! To party, dance, celebrate - live in the moment and not think too much about tomorrow... or yesterday...maybe today.
We Create Our Own Thoughts
Thoughts are only that - thoughts - and they come and go moment to moment. We can lightly dismiss them as they arise and let them go, simply watching them like objective observers or we can get caught in them, obsessing over and over about what usually turns out to be nothing but drama, totally unrelated to reality - usually just figments of our imaginations.
And think of the energy they consume! Most of our thoughts are steeped in past events or future anticipations - rarely are they about the moment because if they were we would be so busy being in the moment that there would be little room for thinking about the moment...we would be simply experiencing it.
Love and fear are our two primary emotions - all other emotions are just sub-categories - under love are all the positive feelings such as acceptance, forgiveness, joy, serenity and under fear are all the negative emotions such as guilt, anger, depression, and resentment. Love and fear cannot coexist - either one or the other occupies our consciousness at any given time. Which do you choose?
We Have the Power of Choice - Always
We can choose to live in fear or live in love. On a physical level, living in fear can devastate our bodies by distressing our organ systems, eventually causing imbalance - diseases of the gastrointestinal system, endocrine system, liver, heart, kidneys, etc. The flip side is that if we immerse ourselves in positive thoughts we encourage our bodies to be healthy - along with our minds.
How empowering it is that we have choices at any given moment! We can choose to operate from fear or love - to be sad, angry or happy and grateful. We can simply be the eye of the hurricane where it remains calm no matter what turbulence surrounds us. External events will continue to happen - it is how we choose to view them that counts. Even though stock markets crash, people around us become ill and die, tragedies occur, we can choose to engage in positivity. Happiness is a choice - always.
How Can We Live in ‘Now Consciousness”
The experience of a regular meditation practice can help propel us into being in the now and hence, be in a more positive mode - the two can go hand in hand. Meditation is simply the practice of harnessing our thoughts, observing them, and gently labeling them as ‘thinking’. Thoughts will rise and wan like the waves of an ocean. The goal is to not get stuck in the waves. This daily practice can then extend outward into everyday experience. Try creating and sending out only positive thoughts for even a day and see how it will enhance your life. And my positive thought for the day is, “See you at the gym!”
Judit is the owner of Change of Pace Fitness Center, central Ajijic. She can be reached at 766-5800.