Did you know that consciousness is conditioned by our mental states and acts like particles wrapping up ourselves?
Well, it does. Buddha said once: "Consciousness is coloured by the states of mind that visit it"
Mental states that impregnate consciousness are the key to achieve happiness, instead of the constant fight trying to change the external environment to fit it in our wishes. These states of mind are in constant motion depending on the external impulses we receive in our daily life. If you see your teenager daughter flirting with a classmate you would feel empathy, joy, and cuteness because of your memories, and yet worry, loss of control and sadness because she's your little one becoming an adult and everything that this implies. You see? Consciousness, the sixth sense, is filled ("visited") by our thoughts, emotions and expectations.
There are healthy (positive) and unhealthy (negative) states of mind that impregnate our consciousness. These different mental states can not be present at the same time, although they might be in constant change. Thus, what does make a healthy mind? How are we going to get and keep a happy mood?
Creating healthy states of mind, furthermore not getting caught by the unhealthy ones.
Do you find this tricky?
If you consider unhealthy states of mind such as boredom, dissatisfaction, aversion, or anxiety as temporary thoughts and/or emotions instead of believing they represent a condition you might not change, you'll be ready for the following step: to create positive thinking/feeling.
How to promote this positive states of mind?
1. Firstly, checking your thoughts/feelings. Take the time to evaluate how are you thinking/feeling? If you detect you are on the unhealthy state of mind, let it go by switching to a healthy one. You just need to reproduce a positive memory or thought.
2. Laugh and Smile. Did you know that smiling can improve your mood? and 20 min of laugher improves your heart health? It is time to start showing smiles to strangers, and learning to laugh at yourself and with others.
3. Surround yourself with positive people. Reduce contact with "toxic" people and increase contact with people who encourages you and makes you evolve.
4. Practice positive self-talk. Be kind to yourself! talk to you saying the same things you would say to your besties.
Looking to the bright side makes your life better.
Wishing you a magical day!
(Inspired by The Wise Heart, Jack Kornfield)