As I write I've just returned from a walk with Dave The Dog, our wonderful Dachschund. Just take a minute to look at the photo opposite and imagine what was going through his mind whilst I was taking his photo?
Yep, that's right. Absolutely nothing! He's not worried about the way he looks, he's not thinking about what he should be doing instead or what's coming next.
He's simply experiencing the moment and as those of you who have met him know, he's a pretty chilled out pooch and if it's good enough for Dave.....
So, just stop for a few moments right now and reflect upon how much time YOU have spent today, TRULY living in the moment? This week? This month?
And just to clarify, living in the moment means being able to be fully engaged in whatever is happening whilst remaining completely free from thought.
That means no labelling, no judging, no opinions, no questions, no inner narrative. Just a mind totally at peace and free from thought.
Why not try it now and see how long you can manage without a single thought?
You will need to practice but if you want to become as chilled out as Dave, you will need to get your thinking under control!
Feel free to let me know how long you managed and also if you'd like to learn how to transcend thought, being able to be fully present in the moment whenever you choose!
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Dave the dog, enjoying the moment!
It's not the events in your life that create the perception of crisis; it's how you choose to think about them!
Autumn appears to be here once again which is such a beautiful time of year, yet over the coming weeks more and more people will claim to be suffering from SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder.
SAD isn't fully understood but it's thought that reduced sunlight may have an effect on chemical production in a part of the brain called the hypothalamus.
Now whilst some people may well truly suffer from SAD, many others will suffer symptoms of depression similar to SAD as a direct result of their thinking!
If you allow yourself to think negatively about the shorter days, colder weather or whatever, you will also effect the chemicals produced in the hypothalamus, with the result being reduced production of Serotonin.
So, to combat the lower levels of sunlight, why not produce more Serotonin yourself!
The 3 steps to remember are:
1. Positive Thoughts.
2. Positive Actions.
3. Positive Interactions.
I hope the above may prove to be of some interest and help and if it is, please share it with someone you care about!
To close this month I'm going to go back to Dave The Dog and a quote from the inspirational spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle:
"Just as the dog loves to chew bones, the human mind loves its problems."
Isn't it time you put your mind on a diet!