A Simple Life

“Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi

As I get older, I see a big benefit in leading a simple life. This doesn’t mean that I stay away from the hustle and bustle of everyday living but I try not to make my life complicated. I try to de-clutter my house, eat simple food and appreciate straightforward relationships. I try to stay true to ‘what you see is what you get’. I have learned that if I don’t like something, I try to address conflicts and things I don’t like right away so that it doesn’t wake me up at 4 o’clock in the morning. Sometimes it’s easier than done because often times it takes two to tango. I wander why would people play games with other person’s feelings. Why would they hold a grudge and not move on? Why do people make their lives complicated instead focusing on what is important and what gets them in the flow?

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I wonder if we, human beings, can reverse destiny by going at the above saying backwards. There is a scientific evidence that you are what you think or as cognitive behaviorists explain that “The link is what you think.” I am impressed that my 9 year-old son is taught mindfulness at school and I wonder why don’t senior centres across the city offer mindfulness sessions for older adults. There are many benefits that would make the aging easier, happier and completely fulfilling.

I would like to share a mindfulness eating exercise that I call ‘Two Lucky Raisins’.

  • Take two raisins.
  • Take one and hold it between your fingers.
  • Look at it. What does look like? What shape does if have? What colour is it?
  • Is it squashy? Is it hard? Is it sticky?
  • Smell it? How does it smell?
  • Hold it close to your ear. Does it make any sound? How about if you squish it a bit?
  • Slowly put it in your mouth but don’t bite it.
  • How does it feel in your mouth? Is it hard? Is it soft?
  • Slowly start chewing.
  • What does it taste like? Is it juicy? Is it sweet?
  • You can swallow it and try with the second raisin.
  •  Is it what you expected?
  • Weren’t these two best raisins you’ve ever had?

Simple and divine!

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