Artwork: Edvard Munch

Good morning beautiful people,

I do hope that you are safe and healthy, wherever you are in the world.

Someone wise, recently told me to avoid drama at all cost as they are the traps of the human mind. Instead she said, be focused on being happy, on feeling nourished by what you do and just feel the love that is actually accessible at all time.

These words went through me like a razor, cutting through the messy thoughts that were intensified by my hormonal self and within a minute my energy was back and I was feeling grateful again.

According to psychologist and neuroscientist Rick Hanson, there is such a thing as the mind’s negative bias, which has been built into our brain based on millions of years of evolution when it comes to dealing with threats. Our ancestors lived in difficult environments. But times have changed and though we have a war, a pandemic and other issues in the world… for the majority of us, life is pretty safe.

But, our minds are stil not at peace and we give more importance to what we don’t have than what we have.

On this note, I will invite you to take a deep inhale, and feel the air moving through your nostrils and expanding your belly.

As you breath out, can you feel your body sinking a little deeper where you are sitting?

How about becoming a little more mindful to the games of our mind?

We are all playing together, creating all sort of stories that keep us awake at night. But the truth is that we can learn to master our thoughts, watch them, question them and let them go, without ever becoming enslaved to stories which almost never turn out as bad as our mind had foreseen.

So my wish for us all today, is that we seize the day and take a pause every time we feel our negative bias creeping in.

The mind is clever and will take over however it can, our role is to question as soon as we feel out of center.

With Love and deep Respect,

Vanessa

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