I recently attended a wonderful ‘dinner and spiritual discussion’ on the theme of living up to our spiritual potential, and our host shared this very inspiring list of suggestions to live by. It’s from A Course in Miracles (3rd edition 2007, Mill Valley, CA. Foundation for Inner Peace Publisher) and I’m sharing it here because I believe that having a positive and spiritual outlook on life greatly contributes to our health and well-being.
Changing Your Mind About the World: Ten Principles for Growth
- Take responsibility for your happiness: The illogical notion that someone else can make you happy sounds something like this: ‘If the world and all the people in it would only change, then I’d be happy.”
- Distinguish between real problems and mood-related problems: Almost all of our personal problems and difficult issues are very closely related to the mood we happen to be in when the issue presents itself.
- Your feelings are caused by the thoughts you’re thinking: The thoughts you should pay attention to are the thoughts that brighten your spirit.
- Look for the silver lining: When you think in a negative manner, you’re actually practicing being unhappy.
- Don’t expect others to think like you: Our thought system is a self-contained unit through which we see the world – like a pair of sunglasses that we never take off.
- Live in the present: A mind that isn’t distracted with its own thoughts about the past or future is able to make wise, appropriate decisions.
- We have a deep source of wisdom within us: Wisdom is a simple, quiet sense of knowing what is right for you.
- Count your blessings: It’s where you place your attention that determines how you’re going to feel.
- Be an observer of yourself: Anytime you can be aware of and witness your own thoughts, instead of becoming lost or absorbed in them, you’re in a position to grow from your experience rather than being immobilized by it.
- It’s OK not to be perfect: There’s no relationship carved in stone between things being other than the way you would like them to be and any unhappiness you attach to those conditions.