Anandway: Blog

Roadmaps to joy!

Allow – Deepak Chopra

Real certainty is not certainty about things; it is certainty of your existence, your truth, your Being. When you find your core certainty within, then you no longer look for certainty outside. The unfathomable nature of the ever-changing world ceases to be a source of anxiety and instead is a source of joy and adventure.

Meditation is central to the ability to remain fresh and open to a reality that is not simply a replaying of past experience. Meditation is a powerful practice for cultivating witness consciousness – a state of silent awareness that transcends the mind. With a regular daily meditation practice, the mind spontaneously begins to let go of old conditioning and rigid habits of thinking.

  1. Allow. It is much easier to tolerate and ultimately embrace uncertainty when you don’t wage a battle against your fears, worries, and doubt. Doing so only causes the ego mind to cling more tightly to entrenched beliefs. Instead, focus your attention on the present moment and allow any feelings of discomfort to arise without giving them too much importance. Reassure yourself that everything is all right and will be all right even if you don't know what's going to happen.
  2. Reframe. I often remind people in my talks that the mind’s biochemical response to a roller-coaster ride varies radically depending on whether a person loves the ride or fears it. For someone who loves roller-coasters, the ride stimulates a cascade of hormones and neurotransmitters that heightens the senses and creates a state of euphoria. For the fearful person, the ride elicits a series of responses that weakens the body and diminishes awareness. By gently encouraging yourself to embrace the unknown and enjoy the present, you help shift your interpretation of life towards empowerment and happiness.

~ Deepak Chopra

blog comments powered by Disqus

Tag Cloud