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There is only one presence and one power
in the universe and in my life,
God the Good Omnipotence.
TAKE IN THE GOOD We can often be challenged by external forces, from the economy to the people we live and work with, and by our reactions to these, that come from ancient reptile/mammal/primate/caveman circuits inside our own brains. But now, with the power of modern neuroscience and spiritual truths, we can take charge of the brain and gradually change it for the better. That is the purpose of Rick Hanson’s book Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time, which shows us practical ways to build up a Buddha brain for more peace of mind in stressful times, greater inner strength and confidence, and an unshakeable sense of contentment and worth. The book presents 52 practices, simple actions inside your mind, that light up neural networks of deep well-being and resilience. Each time you do a practice, strengthening key neural circuits, it is like building a muscle in the gym because neurons that fire together, wire together. Scientists believe that our brain has a built-in negativity bias. This is because, as our ancestors dodged sticks and chased enemies over millions of years of evolution, the sticks and enemies had the greater urgency and impact on survival. Scientists also believe that we typically learn faster from pain than pleasure. Typically our brains are like Velcro for negative experiences, but Teflon for positive ones. This pattern can negatively affect our embedded memory, our underlying feelings, expectations, beliefs, inclinations, mood and experience of living. However, most of the facts and experiences in life are probably positive or at least neutral. The growing pile of negative experiences can make a person more anxious and irritable. But we do not have to accept this bias! By Taking in the Good we can build new neurons and patterns of belief in our brains and have more satisfaction, energy and happiness. Here is how you can Take in the Good: 1. Look for good facts, and turn them into good experiences. Good things are happening all around us all the time, but often we don’t notice them; even when we do, we hardly feel them. Look for the good news in life. Good facts include positive events like: the smile of a child, recalling a compliment someone gave you, remembering something that you completed successfully. Let yourself feel good about the positive event. Allow yourself to really feel it! Really let the good affect you. Spend 30 seconds really enjoying the good feeling. Practice this activity at least 12 times a day. 2. Really enjoy the experience. Soften and open around the experience; let it fill your mind; give over to it in your body. The longer something is held in awareness and the more emotionally stimulating it is, the more neurons that fire and thus wire together, and stronger the trace is in implicit memory. Focus on your emotions and body sensations. Let the experience fill your body and be as intense as possible. 3. Intend and sense that the good experience is sinking in to you. People do this in different ways. Some feel it in the body as a warm glow spreading through the chest like the warmth of a cup of hot cocoa on a cold wintry day. Others visualize things like a golden syrup sinking down inside; a child might imagine a jewel going into a treasure chest in his or her heart. And some might simply imagine that you are becoming one with this good experience. Keep relaxing your body and absorbing the emotions, sensations and thoughts of the experience. Every single time we Take in the Good will make a small positive difference. But over time these little differences will add up, gradually weaving positive experiences into the fabric of our brain and our whole being and experience of life. Affirmation: I am taking in the good and experiencing life to the fullest right now! *This lesson is based on Rick Hanson’s book Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time