The Mind is Everything

July 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Posted in Fitness, Motivation, tips | Leave a comment
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Ashley Johns helps you to harness the power of your mind. Change your life, find happiness, and take control of your future.

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha

Food May Be The Cause of UnhappinessEven 2500 years ago, one man and his followers believed undeniably that the mind conquers all.  I once took an Eastern Civilization class where I found myself connected to the Buddha’s ideas and ways of living.  I had always known that when I was sad, it was because I was allowing myself to be sad and when I was happy it was because I was responding to something that made me happy.  It has always been easier to be happy than to be sad or troubled.  I think that’s true for all of us.

Buddha believed every living being has the same basic wish – to avoid suffering.  As we have evolved as humans, it seems we have gone in the direction of seeking happiness in external sources, rather than looking inward.  We look to our high status jobs, money, dream houses, fancy cars, pretty clothes, cool friends, big trips, good food and ever-striving beautiful appearances as a means of being happy.  These things are material and temporary.

We believe things such as food and money bring us happiness but most often, they are the cause of our unhappiness.  One of our main interests as humans is food.  The food we eat is also the principal cause of our mental and physical unhappiness, our ill health and suffering.

I have to wonder, when did we lose touch with finding and knowing our inner happiness?  How did we grow into a society of striving for perfection, wanting everything now and believing happiness comes from acquiring more and feeling less?  It’s no longer about being better than your neighbor, it’s about striving to be better than everyone.  What do all of these things have in common?  They are all selfish desires; selfish being the operative word.

I believe most people probably have to think very hard about what true happiness should mean because we have grown so accustomed to this false way of thinking, that has created a false life.  But this is how we live and this is what we know.  We can’t choose to live in another time where people embraced being selfless over selfish and where being happy with oneself meant being a good person to yourself and to others.  The truth is, we are living in today’s society that is completely opposite of this.  The only world we can run to for answers is our own mind.  Even here we have lost sight of the power of this complex organ.  We are what seems to be so “out of touch” with the truest and simplest form of happiness, your state of mind.

As a result of this way of thinking, when we encounter difficult situations, when things go wrong in our life and when we are unhappy with what our life has unfolded to be, we tend to regard the situation itself as the problem.  In reality, whatever problems we experience, come from the side of the mind.  We each choose to respond to every situation in the manner we choose to.  This can be a negative or positive response.  If we were to respond to difficult situations with a positive mindset, they would not be problems for us, instead, we may even come to regard them as opportunities for growth and development.  Problems, on the other hand, arise when we respond to situations or difficulties in a negative state of mind.

The point: If we want to be free from problems and anything that holds us back from being who we truly want to be, we must learn to control our mind.  Everything starts in the mind.  Everything ends in the mind.  Everything in between, well, is in the mind.

To be Free of Problems Control Your Mind

In the matter of health and fitness, this struggle is what I find separates those that succeed from those that withdraw.  It is so easy to stay in the same ways we’ve known for so long.  Open the bag, reach in, stuff it in your mouth, taste the cheese crunch, do it all over again.  In fact, do it until you can’t eat any more.  This is a mindset, a habit and an addiction and that’s why it’s so hard to break out of it and easy to stay in it.

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