Mental Health, Motivational, Philosophy

Sunday Reflections

Richness has nothing to do with money, but rather a cool mind, free of tension and anxiety..

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I heard these salient words at my exercise class last week and I thought how true they were. I am sorry I do not have the original source, and this time, Google could not help identify it.

How blessed one is to have a mind naturally free of worries of the future or regrets of the past. I needed to learn these simple lessons over time and many years.

It is worthwhile paying attention to those bad habits that rob you of mental strength.

Keep them in check as Marc and Angel point out:

When you’re sad, you might hunch your shoulders and look at the floor, but doing so keeps you in a depressive state. Put your shoulders back and smile, however, and you’ll feel an instant boost in your mood.

Feeling sorry for yourself, giving up after your first failure, and giving away your power are just a few of the habits that can wreak havoc on your mental weightlifting routine.

Giving up those unhealthy habits will help you work smarter, not harder.

Marc and Angel

26 thoughts on “Sunday Reflections”

    1. You sound like you have an enlightened attitude, Dreamy Parakeet. If the soul is happy, there is little need for material possessions or wealth. Thanks for stopping by to comment. May I ask where you are based? I am in Australia.

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  1. Amanda, I love the “mind” saying in the last banner as well as your unknown cite. As for the last banner, we are prophets in how our day will go – we can wake up with “let’s make it a great day” or “oh no, another day” attitude. Our choice. Keith

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    1. In almost all instances yes, Keith. There are a few exceptions where the mind is disordered and not functioning well and seems unable to shift these thoughts without help. Generally speaking though, I agree. I myself have experienced a more positive loving mood change if I can shift a negative attitude. Amazing!

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  2. I especially like that last quote from John Milton. So true. It points out that it’s all about mindset. And, that’s tricky, as everyone knows. Our moods affect our mindset. And so does the weather, the company, bad luck, disappointments, our health…

    I always say that Mark and I are rich in experiences, not in monetary wealth. We are also rich in time and freedom. All this can be accomplished with little money and the right mindset. 🙂

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    1. Being rich in time, freedom and experiences sounds to me like a life lived fully! What is money without experiences and freedom! You are wise, Liesbet!
      Mindset can mean the difference between the heaven and hell! What is it that we need to develop that awareness of mindset? That is the key to helping those who don’t have it, perhaps?

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      1. To me, it’s figuring out what your priorities and passions are and finding a healthy, feasible way to follow them. Health is priority number 1, though, but if you have that under control (I keep bringing this up, because my husband has “bad genes” and we’ve been though a lot because of that), you really need to figure out what makes you happy. We only live once. It’s a cliché, but we should always keep that in the back of our minds.

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        1. “..you really need to figure out what makes you happy. We only live once.”
          Never a more salient and truer word! It is our job to figure out ourselves, how we function and how we fit in. If we don’t take the effort to do that, misery awaits! I am sorry to hear that your husband has bad genes. Health is absolutely important. My father in law used to say that health is wealth. (sort of links back to the sayings). I think you have found a healthy and feasible way to live your priorities and passions!

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  3. Sunday Reflections On Saturday, May 29, 2021, Something to Ponder About wrote:

    > Forestwood posted: ” Richness has nothing to do with money, but rather a > cool mind, free of tension and anxiety.. Unknown I heard these salient > words at my exercise class last week and I thought how true they were. I am > sorry I do not have the original source, and thi” >

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  4. I like the sayings. I like to check in on my mind from time to time, how’s it going? My PTSD tends to dictate a situation & then my body reacts all this is out of my control but my response after is where I have learnt so much about how to manage that. In general I consider myself so rich beyond our wildest dreams compared to so many people. Chillax dude it’s all good.

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    1. It sounds like analysing your response has worked for you. I am glad to hear that as PTSD is not always understood by professionals and can be notoriously hard to shift.
      I do like your attitude to life!

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  5. I have a whole file of Marc and Angel from years ago. Great help to incorporate so much of that into our lives. I usually wake with a hot mind of to-do’s then stay in bed until I’ve cooled it down to what absolutely must be done and what can just sit idle until I’m good and ready. I’ve taken good care of myself this very warm day and had my walk for exercise, then I take care of anything living, like plants. I make sure to be aware of nature around me so that’s very grounding. Once it’s too warm, I’ll pick and choose what take my attention. Cooling the mind is not an easy task for a type A person but I’m learning the world does not come to a screeching halt if it doesn’t all get done. Have a wonderful Cool day. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. I can relate to a hot mind full of tasks and ideas, Marlene. I think the key is as you said, grounding and nature is the best way to ground you. That and distraction from any woes of course. I love your regime of taking care of yourself and then plants. Taking care of ourselves has to be up there with our family, pets and plants and the planet too! Thanks for popping by.

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  6. Alas, as one of nature’s great worriers, I fear I will never have a cool mind. What I have learned is to carry on, despite being anxious. My personal motto is “I find my way.” 😉 But I do admire the cool mind.

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    1. Laurie, you don’t strike me as a worrier but as a worrier I can relate to admiring the cool mind. I come from a Mother who worried constantly about many things, plenty of them insignificant and yet, like you, I found a different way to approach challenges and have worked through meditation and study to conquer those emotions- somewhat successfully! I do, however, feel this emotion, labelled worry, is altogether different from anxiety in its generalised form. Many people feel anxious and they don’t know the source of the anxiety or the trigger. If I worry, I know exactly what it is that is bothering me. Do you think the is a difference between the two?

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        1. I think the distinction between troubling thoughts in the head constituting the emotion we label worry and anxiety being something felt in the body is pretty accurate. People who are anxious often speak about sweaty palms, racing hearts, feeling like they can’t breathe or feeling shaky.
          Probably another worrier here, Laurie. The encouraging thing is that constructive worry may lead to problem solving! That is a good thing.

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