We’ve all heard the phrase “count your blessings.” Likely from our Grandmas. It’s been around along time, originating in a hymn from the 1800’s. Science is now proving that we should most definitely be following Grandma’s advice. In fact, our well-being might hinge on our ability to focus on our blessings more than we focus on our barriers. I had a serendipitous moment this week. Just a few days ago, I went for a run, running halfway in one direction and then turning around to head back. When I turned around, I immediately noticed that there was a very strong and constant wind blowing
Have you ever felt thankful for adversity? I think a lot of us have, but usually not until the hard stuff is over and we can look back and see what benefits were gained. How would it feel to live as a person who welcomes adversity? I am not talking about being self-destructive here, or enjoying painful experiences. What I am referring is being able to embrace hardships, conflicts and disappointments, because you know they will be good teachers. Sounds good, huh? So how do we get there? I am on this journey with you. There are 2 parts to this path: First is
Hippie culture had already shown me that there were ways to live outside of the dominant culture. You could dismiss the status quo and think about who you wanted to be, intentionally creating yourself as you saw fit. But what I didn’t know until reading Ken Keyes’ book, is that it is one thing to deprogram cultural expectations and live an alternative lifestyle, and quite another to deprogram your mind.