It is definitely changing the way I think;
therefore it is changing me!
it can make me think about something sad
As John Milton wrote in his epic poem, Paradise Lost,
“The mind is its own place,
and in itself can make a heaven of hell,
a hell of heaven.”
Simply put, I go to bed and everything is peachy.
“Nighty night. Sweet dreams.”
Then I wake up and before I have even cleaned my teeth,
I hate the world, the house, the furniture, my job, my fat body,
the weather, the cat, and even Dave.
The point I am making is that
NOTHING HAS CHANGED!
I didn’t wake up in a different house,
in a different life!
Same house, same partner, same cat, same car.
But a switch in my head has flicked to
Dissatisfied and Discontent.
If I don’t flick it back quickly, it can ruin my day.
And the outlook’s not great for Dave or the cat either!
But as Groucho Marx so succinctly put it,
“Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the Light.”
This is where Mindfulness comes in.
Because I am aware now,
that most of what my head tells me is fiction,
I can block the negative rant.
In the past, I used to try to fix the way I felt with things.
I’d buy into what my head was telling me.
I would try to change the things which were bugging me.
Buy a new dress, buy a new kitchen, buy a new settee,
buy a new car, move house, buy, buy, buy.
Change partners, get a dog. Get two dogs.
Apart from a very brief sense of satisfaction,
(which lasted about as long as fluffing up the cushions
on the new couch and lining them up properly),
all I gained from my material fixes was a financial headache!
For years I had a sticker in the back window of my car, which read:
“I owe I owe – it’s off to work I go!”
Now I get it.
This is an inside job.
The only changes I need to make
are between my ears.
I flick the
These are the things I do to get back on track:
If I have time, I get arty, and make a card for a friend.
If I have to go to work,
I take 10 minutes, to make a proper cup of tea,
and take the time to sit down and enjoy it.
In that time, I concentrate on my breathing.
Study a flower,
I think of 5 things I am grateful for, and write them down.
I make my bed before I leave the house.
By this time I have usually snapped myself back into the NOW,
which is where I really need to stay for the day!
Just bobbing along, going with the flow…
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Go to the heart – you will find us there.