Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha
Often, I am reminded of how simple life can be – perhaps, how simple life should be. Having an encouraging family, a devoted group of friends and a little love is sometimes all someone needs to lead a happy and fulfilled life. Sure, we all have goals that extend beyond that – things we need to work and strive for, things that will take time, patience and effort, but the best things by far, are the ones that need little except an open mind and heart.
Again, I was reminded by my family and friends recently of how what we’ve been blessed with today is already good enough. I understand we have bigger oceans to cross, longer journeys to take – yet, we realize that we’ve already been given much, perhaps more than we deserve. Just because we all want more doesn’t mean that what we currently have is of little value. It sometimes changes my entire attitude to hear the laughter, conversations and happiness of the people in my life who have chosen to appreciate the present, instead of living in the past or in constant worry of the future.
Albeit slow and steady, I want to obtain a certain (even more peaceful) lifestyle – find a new, productive way of channeling my energy, meditate and pray regularly, write more and treat myself better overall. I realize that sometimes I worry that at 29, I should have more or be more, but I know I can accomplish anything as long as God allows me to do it with a sound mind. It could all be as simple as giving thanks in the morning, calling up your mom or dad for a word of encouragement, hugging a friend without reservation, or sitting quietly in your own contentment. It could all be as simple as taking a few deep breaths and reminding yourself how blessed you are.
Recently, I have been spending time thinking about the people who let their mind run away without them. I know many may not agree, but the way I see it – one can choose the calm over calamity or peace over anguish. Too many people choose complexity over simplicity, only because they are afraid of the strength that kind of freedom will give them. Not me. Not for the life I would like to live. Not now, not ever will I choose that kind of mental chaos.
More people are prisoners of their own mind than they are of the system. I will always choose to be joyful – I choose to never be bound.