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Time To Choose

posted 24 Feb 2013, 05:29 by Mpelembe   [ updated 24 Feb 2013, 05:30 ]
I think it's a sad comment on the sign of our times today
when people say they are so busy that they don't have a
minute to think!

At one time that would have been an obvious overstatement:

"Oh, come on, you're going too far, it's not that bad". But
now it seems to be more and more a statement of fact, taken
literally without so much as the blink of an eye.

So where has the time gone?

Why does life seem to flash by at warp speed?

In fact we are so busy we don't give ourselves any time to
think about what it means to be happy, healthy, content and
satisfied. It sounds almost like a foreign language to
some.  "I'm too busy working to pay the bills, to make ends
meet, to try and get ahead" It seems as if our happiness
lies in the future AFTER we have done all of this 'struggle
and strife' thing. Many of us are caught up with paying off
the debts, the mortgage, the student loan, the car, the
furniture... So we could be forgiven for thinking that
happiness is a luxury and only for the future, maybe when
we retire.

The trouble with this kind of thinking, however is that we
attract into our lives more of what we are focusing upon.
Our happiness doesn't lie out there somewhere at another
place and time, waiting for us to arrive. It is here, now,
in the ever present, waiting for us to claim it.

It is only a decision away. We can CHOOSE to be happy.
Happiness is our natural state. In fact by just getting out
of our own way we can become happy no matter what our
present circumstances. The secret seems to lie in first
BEING what you desire. We have learnt to think 'struggle'
and to take it as our reality. But truth is in fact
relative. We experience our reality according to how we

Did you know that we are free to choose our thoughts?
Imagine getting the house of your dreams. Imagine how that
feels. Everything just as you like it, down to the decor,
the swimming pool, the magnificent gardens on a sunny day...

What did you feel?

Maybe you felt resistance, experienced as a rigidity or
tightness in the body and usually connected with negative
thoughts, "What's the point, it's never going to happen
anyway" ...

On the other hand you might be feeling uplifted, happy,
relaxed, maybe excited. Your body relaxes and expands as
you 'get into it'.

Let me ask you something: is it the house that has made you
happy or your imagination? Do you, in fact need the house
to make you happy? Some people get the house and still
don't feel happy. The funny thing is, if you continue to be
happy at the THOUGHT of being in possession of this house
you are much more likely to attract into your life more
things to be happy about. More than if you keep on trudging
along on the 'never-ending' treadmill of lack, need, denial
and wanting.

Ultimately it is your choice. There is more than enough to
go round and you only need to tap into it. You are free to
live happily right now, in this moment because thoughts are
just thoughts and you can change them, change your focus,
your attitude and how you respond.  This is the secret to a
happy life. What we want ultimately is to be happy. So why
not start there? Open into being happy from the inside out.

Laugh for no reason. What? Yes, laugh, whether it is
artificial to begin with or genuine, laughter acts as a
natural stress reliever and makes you feel good. Take the
serious things in life and look at them with a sense of
humour and fun. Let go of resistance and learn to connect
with a playful attitude, your more spontaneous and
delightful inner child, who you were before you learned how
to be negative and judgmental, before you learned fixed
ways of responding to the world.  Be present to life, open
to a sense of adventure and allow life to touch you in new
and deeply enriching ways.

When was the last time you stopped to smell the roses?

All in all it is about moving from busy and mostly negative
thoughts of the mind to living from an abundant and open
heart. Your choice.

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