What you pay attention to is what you get more of. If you fixate on your bad luck, you’ll notice more bad luck. If you train yourself to be grateful, you’ll find more things to be grateful about.
Part of this is filtering – you notice what you otherwise might ignore.
Part of it is your inner mind creating more of what you notice.
In hypnosis circles, we often describe this as, where attention goes, energy flows. Your mind focuses so you get more of what you choose to notice.
So you should ignore your discomforts, right? If you forget about those aches and twinges, you won’t experience them?
Well, not exactly. In fact, paying attention to them can make you healthier and more energetic than ever.
How does that work? Aren’t I contradicting myself?
Not quite – there’s an important distinction here.
See, the key word is ‘notice’. You simply do that. You don’t dwell or fret or judge or tell yourself stories. You simply observe.
Because when you’re calm towards your discomfort, you get more of that calmness.
Soon, those sensations don’t bother you at all.
It’s harder than it sounds, though. It takes discipline to observe anything without judging it, let alone something unpleasant.
This is one of the greatest benefits of meditation – teaching yourself to observe and experience what is. Do that and you’ll notice more calmness and good things. And a lot less drama, worry and pain.
With that comes all the vitality you can eat.
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