Often it isn’t our circumstances that are causing our pain and suffering, it is our thoughts.
Did I forget to lock the door? How am I going to support my family? I will never be a great writer. I’m too old for this. She doesn’t love me. If only I was taller. Why don’t we spend more time together? I’m sorry, I’m not sorry. I used to be fitter. This economy…
Like a freight train, our mind is moving faster than we can keep up.
The trick isn’t to cement ourselves into our thoughts or to flood them with manufactured happiness, but to channel them into one specific goal.
Focusing on one thing at a time, surprisingly, allows us to feel more present and more aware of what is going on around us.