In our last three posts, we’ve been exploring how to move from reacting in upset about the way life is to being centered and relaxed in a more conscious response. As you practice making the mental shift from reaction-judgment-tension to acceptance-appreciation-gratitude, a deeper shift may begin to open up at the core of your being.
Your background state may begin to relax into a deep sense of trust. Rather than experiencing a constant low-level anxiety in life, rather than being constantly on guard, you may begin to feel that life is always working for you and in the best interests of all. There is a positive evolutionary impulse that is grace-fully guiding us forward.
You won’t need to try to believe that. Instead, by practicing acceptance into appreciation into gratitude life may show itself as trustworthy. You may begin to experience life in that way. You may begin to notice how many times unexplainable things happen that guide you, protect you, and provide just what you need when you need it. The more times you perceive those things, the deeper your trust will grow.
Besides practicing acceptance-appreciation-gratitude for the gifts that every moment offers, there’s another simple strategy to realize a deeper sense of trust in life:
Act “as if” Life is trustworthy. Pretend that it is. Go about your day with that mindset, regardless of if you really believe it or not, and see what happens. Be on the lookout for how life is in your favor. Take actions that you would take if that were the case—and notice the results.
I’d love to hear your results with that experiment.
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