Today we ask that you do not lose your faith so easily.

All of you have experienced miracles.  All of you have experienced moments of grace.  Tremendously good things have happened to you.  You have experienced moments of perfect timing.  You have been in the right place at the right time.  You have experienced good things come to you from out of the blue.  Things have fallen into place.  And in those moments, you have felt a deep sense of well-being and rightness.

Sadly, for most of you, those moments are fleeting.  It is like you suffer from a form of memory loss that causes you to rapidly and completely forget all the good things that happen to you, and only remember the bad.

No matter how happy or blessed you may feel in any moment, there is a voice inside your mind laying in wait — for any slip, any sign of darkness, any moment of doubt.

Like the Doubting Thomas of lore, you may be staring a miracle in the face — and still you need to poke at it, doubt it, reduce it to nothing.

If you could only hold on to that state of grace you sometimes feel, how wonderful life could be.

The truth is, you can.  You can consciously will yourself to count your blessings, rather than your defeats.

It requires a conscious effort.  

The human brain is, to a large measure, “hardwired” to focus on what it finds fearful rather than on what it finds enjoyable.  This is a self-protective attribute of the brain rooted in your evolutionary past.  When you are a hunter-gatherer living in the wild, it is necessary to keep alert to potential threats.  

That said, you can consciously change “hardwired” elements of your neurology.  The brain is incredibly plastic, and fluid.  By consciously choosing to think about the good things in your life rather than focusing so much mental energy on what you find threatening, you can change your habitual thinking patterns.

Thinking patterns are not so different from eating patterns, or exercise patterns.  Like eating patterns, some thinking patterns are healthier than others.  It just requires a conscious effort to establish and maintain healthy thought patterns, the same way it does with healthy eating patterns.

Healthy thought patterns focus on the good.  When good things happen to you, you make time in your thoughts to really appreciate those good things.  You remind yourself of the happy feelings, the joy, the gratitude.  You reinforce the good feelings and thoughts in your consciousness.

It won’t happen overnight, but a conscious process of focusing on what is good in your life will change your experience of life itself.  When you train your mind to really relish and savor good experiences and good feelings, rather than endlessly dwelling on what makes you miserable, this will change your experience of life.

It is a choice.  The same way a healthy diet is a choice.  You do not have to be a victim of a mind that tends to obsess over negativity any more than you have to be a victim of cravings for unhealthy food.  They are both habitual patterns, and you do have the power to change them, through conscious effort.  

Savor the good things in your life.  When something good happens to you, really celebrate it.  Draw the feeling out.  Make it last.  And please — do not forget!

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