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In a world where we are constantly bombarded by the media and our own thinking about how to be happier, healthier and improve wellbeing, it can be extremely difficult to see that we may have it all wrong.
I opened my email this morning and I was hit by “5 Mistakes you are…” “6 Reasons you are…” “10 Tips to…”. The funny part about it was that most of it conflicted each other. So sitting there… dazed and confused from the battering I just took from others telling me about how I’m doing it all wrong and how my life, health and happiness could be better, it occurred to me; what if all this chasing health, happiness and wellbeing stuff was all wrong? What if health happiness and wellbeing were actually pursuing us? What if we stopped the pursuit of happiness and wellbeing and got pursued?
As a health and wellbeing coach and practitioner I see evidence everyday to that fact that our health and wellbeing are innate and that it is only our thinking that blocks us from the experience of wellbeing. The chasing, the judging, the hyper self-awareness (or these days often referred to as mindfulness) are the very things that block our innate health and wellbeing from being expressed. The result is… that we feel we need more to be more… and we are filled with ‘have to’s’ ‘should-haves’ and ‘could-haves’.
What if we were tripping over health, happiness and wellbeing that innately comes from within, in our pursuit of what we think is out there?
What if that feeling that something was missing or a low mood or a health challenge was actually a health, happiness and wellbeing check engine light? Not telling you to run life faster, to do more or have more in order to be more, but to simply look within yourself to provide you with an insight, an opportunity to see what is available to you beyond your personal thinking.
Take today to STOP the search and see what is already there for you. Notice the fact that your body circulates blood, fights bacteria, builds and rebuilds tissue, fights infection grows new tissue, craves ONLY the nutrients it needs for health and wellness. Notice how thoughts come and go like clouds. Notice how you can wake up in a low mood and within 30 min forget what you were upset about. Notice that it takes far more effort to be who you think you need to be and no effort to be yourself. Take today to stop the search and you might just get rear ended by health, happiness and wellbeing pursuing you.