As I listen to old Beatles' music I feel myself reminiscing, stoking the fire of old memories. For a few moments I am peaceful. And then just as quickly, my thoughts and focus change, even my relationship to what I am hearing, changes.
James Allen, author of "As A Man Thinketh" asserts," Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results."
The idea that with practice we can not only change the nature of our thoughts, we will change the relationship to what we think about has been the focus of my spiritual path for many years. For example, most people adhere to these two formulas for happiness:
1. If you have more, you can do more, and then you'll be happy.
2. If you do more, then you will have more and then you'll be happy.
Each formula works well for a little while, but inherent in the formula is built-in obsolescence. Neither path is sustainable, although we try very hard to keep both formulas going. We don't know any other way. And so the cycle continues.
So where does happiness exist? And how do we get it and keep it? It appears that our happiness is dependent on our thoughts. We have to take the time to observe our thoughts, and certainly, like James Allen claims, we can learn to replace negative thoughts with positive.
By now you might be bored and wondering, "Who has time to watch their thoughts? I'm too busy doing A,B or C or trying to have more fun."
My healer coaching tip for the week: Take 5 minutes a day to look at the condition of your overall health, wealth and relationships. If your happiness depends on how much you have or with whom you are with or even what you are doing to get happy-- then what happens when all this is not present? Where does your happiness go?