I have realized that it is our everyday choices that make up who we are. What we choose to do every day, how we choose to think and the people we choose to surround ourselves with.
The amazing thing is that we have this power of choice. When we live our lives in mindfulness and with an open mind to experience and grow, we know ourselves better. And by learning about ourselves through our experiences, we know how to better live. We know which choices serve our well-being.
We discover that which ignites our spirit. And then we learn to do more of this.
It is what we focus on most that we become. And what we focus on is our choice.
I've learned that the best practice for positive focus is gratitude. Gratitude is something we actively practice every day. By speaking it and we writing it down. We express our appreciation to the people around us. (There are many apps to download on your phone that allow to record thoughts of gratitude as they come up.)
Gratitude works magic. Why? Because the more we focus on the good in our lives, what we do have and what is working, the more we attract.
We often build stories in our minds of the future that focus on fear and what could happen- but really, the truth is that we don't know the future until we physically experience it. By moving with fear and using it as fuel, we free ourselves. We realize that fear is only a feeling, not a representation of the truth. The truth is in the now.
And the most beautiful thing about gratitude is that it brings us to the present moment- the most real, raw and free places that we will ever experience.