We need to focus on keeping every muscle in our body strong, fit, fresh and healthy – and the brain is a huge and important muscle.
Healthy body, healthy mind: you cannot separate the two and again it comes back to balance. How do you keep the mind healthy? You work it, you rest it, you nourish it, the very same way you keep you body healthy.
We are always going: when we aren’t working, we are working out, when we aren’t running around our minds are doing the racing, there is no off button. So how are we even able to realise the wonders around us, and what we are working or racing for? Do we even know?
I think most people are on a mission to “be happy” but don’t even know what makes them happy.
If we were clearer in our minds about what we would like, I bet most of us would be shocked at how happy we actually are. There’s joy if we just wake up and stop!
Having a positive outlook on life makes things easier. I wish I had something more profound to say about it, but if you look at any given situation there is always a lesson, always an opportunity and a potential positive to take from it.
I started to meditate last year. It’s tough! I once heard someone call it a practise and it is that. You work on it every day.
Silencing the mind – just focusing on the breath and thinking about nothing – sounds easy, but it is tough, especially with all of the things we “should” be doing. I often hear myself saying that I can’t or shouldn’t stop, relax or meditate because of time or work, but none of this matters. None of it is any quality, if we don’t have clarity of mind and a healthy vision.
After all, why are we here? This quote by Dalai Lama sums it up for me so incredibly:
“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”