We create our own realities (over time) largely by the thoughts we think. Those thoughts lead to certain behaviours and actions. The way we feel is a product of our thoughts.
I am mostly referring to the thoughts and feelings that flow through our minds and hearts when we don't even realize we are thinking or feeling them.
The secret that I have learned is to be more concious in the present moment. When I catch myself thinking destructive thoughts I come back to the present moment and feel the joy of knowing that I create my reality in the present moment and I can make that reality as bright, loving, prosperous, beautiful, happy, healthy and peaceful as I can imagine.
I have been seeking out and consuming inspiring content which has led me down a transformational path to a new reality over the last few weeks. This path has led me to more inspiring people and content that has increased my ability to create my own reality.
I have made changes that lead to greater life experiences and health. I have experienced things that I would not have experienced had I continued down the same neural pathways I was travelling.
Life has been richer.
It surprises even me that I have been getting out of bed at 5:30 AM to go jogging at the park almost every morning.
I am telling you, this is a miracle. For years I have considered 5:30 - 6:30 AM to be sacred sleeping time. I used to get up at the last possible minute to get ready and off to work.
It hasn't been easy. There has been some physical pain, nausea and a little doubt but the path has been filled mostly with joyful enthusiasm. I know that the pain and discomfort are necessary and my thoughts are leading to actions that are creating a new reality.
The photos in this post were all taken on my recent morning jogs.
I recognize they are not award-winning shots, if one exclusively judges them by their photographic qualities.
But to me they are special because they represent a significant awakening for me. A sight, an image that would never have been manifested in my old reality.
Now, I don't pretend to say I've got this all figured out and that now every moment will be bliss.
I am also not a psychiatrist or psychologist prescribing the cure for anyone's depression. I am just sharing what has helped me.
I do believe this principle can help most everyone if applied faithfully.
You create your reality through your thoughts, behaviours and actions.
I still have a lot of old habits to work on. I am fully aware that there will be many challenges and much to overcome as I move forward and this is a good thing.
I have realized that happiness does not come by trying to eliminate all challenges and hardship from my life.
I am on a journey that brings joy with each day. I am trying to envision a new life and I am beginning to believe there are endless possibilities and that I do have greater potential than I have been allowing myself to believe. Every moment a seed for a brighter future can be planted.
I understand that my new reality will come by reaping what I sow and the fruits will be paid out exponentially.
It has been harder than I expected to envision the ideal life that I want to build. I am still trying to figure that out. Maybe it means I need to spend more time feeling grateful for all the blessings I already have!
I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up. I am beginning to think I never will and I think I am coming to peace with that. I feel content for now to focus on incremental improvements in things that are obvious like better health, better relationships with my loved ones and better financial well-being.
These successes will undoubtedly inspire and lead to higher paths that will be more clear in the future.
I took this photo yesterday morning while sitting on a bench that overlooks the pond.
Before I took the picture I was looking out over the pond and to my great surprise a very large fish jumped cleanly out of the water in whale-like fashion. Undoubtedly a very powerful and personalized omen from God that I am indeed on the right path.