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There is only one presence and one power
in the universe and in my life,
God the Good Omnipotence.
“The time is fulfilled the kingdom of God is at hand repent and believe in the Good News.” (Mark 1:15)
Here is a translation of these words from the Aramaic language that Jesus spoke, “The time is now, right now, the Kingdom of God is within your grasp, feel for it, sense it, turn to it and believe in the Good News.”
We all want to be kind, grateful, worthy, confident, compassionate, happy and loving most of the time. Unfortunately, we have a bottleneck built into our brain. It is what Rick Hanson calls a negativity bias. This negativity bias is like Velcro for bad experiences and Teflon for good ones.
Everything that we think, feel, enjoy and suffer through is changing our brains. The brain is designed to change and adapt to our experiences as we evolve as individuals and as a human species. Scientists call this experience-dependent neuroplasticity.
Rick Hanson says, “Neurons that fire together, wire together.” This means that each one of us has the power to use our mind to change our brain to change our mind for the better. Using this internal power is important these days, when so many of us are pushed and prodded by external forces: the economy, media, politics, war, noisy neighbors, and our reactions to them.
Life is challenging. To cope with difficult things, to be effective and successful, or simply to experience ordinary well-being, we need resources inside, inner strengths like resilience, compassion, gratitude and other positive emotions.
Some strengths are innate, built into our DNA, but most are acquired, woven over time into the fabric of our brains. These lasting traits come from passing states, experiences of inner strength that are installed into the brain. We become more grateful through internalizing repeated experiences of gratitude; we become more compassionate through internalizing repeated experiences of compassion.
One of my favorite expressions is, Change your thinking, change your life.
Here are some proven techniques for changing your thinking and changing your life:
1. Notice when you are having a beneficial experience. Be aware when you feel powerful, happy, and peaceful. Spend 5 – 10 seconds enjoying the feeling. Let it linger. Let the feeling wash through you.
2. Create beneficial experiences. Call upon positive expressions. Practice experiencing pleasure, connection, confidence, clarity, hope or love. Celebrate these feelings. Spend 5 – 10 seconds enjoying the feeling. Let it linger. Let the feeling wash through you.
3. Practice feeling successful in areas where you desire growth. For example, if you are feeling anxious look for authentic opportunities to feel supported, protected, relaxed or calm. Spend 5 – 10 seconds enjoying the feeling. Let it linger. Let the feeling wash through you.
4. Set a goal to practice the above techniques three or four times a day for a week or more.
This is positive neuroplasticity. By focusing on positive feelings and experiences, you are creating new pathways in your mind that will help you develop inner strength and power.
Affirmation: I am experiencing the kingdom of Heaven right now!
This lesson was inspired by the work of Rick Hanson, author of Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time.