Friday, July 2, 2010
Mood Altering Substances
By the time I got back home, my spirit was soaring. Movement plus gratitude equals a natural high. I recommend it the next time you are walking, hiking, swimming, biking, or running (so long as you can do so safely!). Our moods are largely a function of our thoughts, and our thoughts are subject to the direction of our attention. Prayer is a form of attention. Feeling follows focus.
The substance of our attention is mood altering. What we pay attention to matters. I need to remember to pay more attention to the experience of joy, as well as the experience of suffering, in the world. Both are real, and both are deserving of my energy.