â€œThe central method for achieving a happier life is to train your mind in a daily practice that weakens negative attitudes and strengthens positive ones.â€
— The Dalai Lama
Old habits die hard. Many of us hinder our happiness, trapped by the habit of negative thinking. Our unconscious focus is on all that seems not to be working. This expands that reality, and causes us to miss the simple wonders that far out-number any obstacles and irritations.
Look around you for 30 seconds and memorize everything that is the color brown. Now, close your eyes, and call out all the things that are the colorâ€¦ green.
It is far easier to recall all the things that were brown because we placed our focus there. It would be far less productive to have you recall all the things that were green.
Whether amidst a big or small crisis, find your way back by looking for the blessing. There is great value in retraining your focus to notice all that is working around you, lifeâ€™s simple pleasures and tender moments, than to belabor and exaggerate those things that seem askew.
MY SHORT-CUT TODAY: I breathe deep today, and trust that even in challenging times there are ultimate blessings. I sort my thoughts and refine my vision to see miracles even in simple things, especially in simple things.