Monday, September 19, 2011
I am reading one of my favorite authors Thich Nhat Hanh's perspective on happiness. In yoga we strive to still our hearts and minds so we can be in the moment. In the book he talks about concentrating (not controlling) on our breath to shut out all the distraction and smiling within acknowledging our true desire to be happy.
Today for some reason I woke up grumpy. This does not happen often to me, but when it does even the cat runs! I took a moment and concentrated on my breath. I actually felt myself smile within and felt gratitude for the day. Instead of wasting hours trying to force myself to be in a better mood, I balanced my thoughts or should I say non-thoughts through simply breathing. I am hooked!
My next challenge is to use this technique when I want to blindly eat everything in sight out of boredom, emotion etc. I know it won't work overnight so stay tuned ...........and breathe!