Happiness is the “new normal”
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Much better to adopt a middle way of thinking – acknowledging that we are in strange and difficult times, but at the same time keeping a sensible awareness of risk. We do still need to act responsibly, and to not put ourselves or others in danger. Real life presents us with risks and the global crisis we’re all living through illustrates this quite clearly. But most of us are also able to enjoy a safe, healthy and comfortable way of life most of the time. Yes, we do suffer from illness and we experience trauma, but this is balanced by periods of relative stability and calm.
To achieve a calm, balanced state of mind you might like to try the following mini meditation.
Find a comfortable spot where you can sit or lie down, where you will not be disturbed for about ten minutes. Spend a couple of minutes focusing solely on your breathing.
Now imagine yourself walking towards a beautiful place – anywhere at all, a lovely beach, a tranquil wood, a meadow of wildflowers – where you find a wonderfully comfortable chair to sit on. Make all the details as vivid as you can. Sink down into that chair, really be there, experience the sights, sounds, even smells. Say to yourself ‘I am calm, peaceful and safe’ three times slowly, then just continue to relax for a while. It’s fine if you fall asleep.
Simply by acknowledging that we cannot alter the world around us but we can change how we feel and think, it’s possible to achieve a new sense of happiness and wellbeing. That will become our new normal. N #ThereWithYou