Tune to the possible
Our minds are much like radio receivers… we have the choice to focus on (listen to) whatever we wish.
I have long been an advocate of alternate media as most main stream sources are quite obviously limited in their perspectives. That said, I realized the other day that I had been reading a lot of alternative material lately which, while more factually accurate, was still pretty negative.
There’s a place for news that is disturbing and challenging just as its important to know if you’re walking into a busy intersection and in danger of being hit. But once we have that knowledge its more important to stay focused on solutions, possibilities, and actions that inspire.
This can be a challenging focus to maintain these days, but we enter this life-affirming state every time we practice our qigong or Taiji or sit down to meditate. I believe it is our opportunity, and perhaps responsibility as practitioners of these arts to extend this affirmative state of mind into more and more moments of our daily lives.
In doing so, it becomes easier to recognize and work with opportunities for positive change when they arise and, as the saying goes, “We are ever surrounded by insurmountable opportunities.”
A few suggestions for enhancing your possibility thinking on a daily basis:
1. Turn off the news and get more in touch with the still, peaceful content of your own mind.
2. Discipline yourself to exercise and meditate daily. It builds mental, emotional, and physical strength and momentum for greater progress.
3. Keep a daily journal in which you record at least 10 things for which you are grateful or in which you have been successful. This is an awesome tool and produces very positive, though initially subtle, changes in our thought patterns over time. I’ll write more on this in a future post.
4. Take time out from your busy day to simply stand and smile – both to yourself and to your world. Ahhh… that’s nice, isn’t it?
Wishing you a brilliant day!