His title cover promises to ‘Unleash your infinite potential’ and whilst I’m not sure his title will live up to this promise for some of us, I feel that it could give tangible insight to some complexities that rattle around a brain which is similar to my own – a brain which has experienced thinking differently – a brain filled with questions of ‘what is’ and ‘what might be’.

Follow the work of Deepak Chopra, and you can trance the evolution of his journey. Breaking down his understanding of the complexities of the mind through his experience.

He writes from a sympathetic and humanistic stance-point. He wants the average Joe and Joanna to be able to grasp some pretty mind-blowing concepts – if you’ve got the stomach (Note the gut/brain pun here – not accidental!☺️) for them.

In his work, Deepak addresses a concept which has troubled me – why can’t we all see an alternative path to a happy and fulfilled life? When it can be so clear and attainable for some, and seemingly unreachable (& completely undesirable) for others.

Formally, I judged that it was perseverance and dedication which produced results. Turns out, it’s not always. Deepak delves into the reassuring theory of this in his book.

The main driver of change and happiness is an individual’s willingness to be open to self reflection and change.

Being open to the prospect of change seems to be all it takes to become happy. Simple enough, hey? Well not quite! Being open to change seems to allow yourself to be open become more objective about yourself. The more objective you can be, the better you begin to understand yourself and the world that you create. It’s a simple theory but it’s not easy!

Put simply, being open to change means that you can change.

Being content in your current circumstance won’t give you the space you need to change. If you’re happy with your lot, why change it? Right? Even if this happiness transpires as enduring a job you hate to go home and find ‘happiness’ in the latest Netflix series for an hour of the 24 in each day. (Disclaimer – not a judgement, this was my life for a verrrrryyyy long time).

Working insatiably hard to drive change, with a hammer and chisel won’t guarantee change/happiness either. Knowing you’re unhappy and throwing yourself all-in to any escapade that *might*🤞🤞 help, won’t find that elusive happiness either.

This thought pattern leads me to the Buddhist theory of ‘the middle path’. A path which navigates away from either extremes of laziness or obsessiveness.

Through ever-deepening self reflection, I find myself on the obsessive all-in side of the path. Dedicating myself to something whole-heartedly. Without wavering. Without doubt that ‘this’ will be all that there needs to be.

I realise that this drive and determination is my super power. Something that is completely incomprehensible to a lot of people. “Wouldn’t you just rather sit on the sofa and watch TV?” Absolutely not. But I take it too far. Get too involved. Too extreme. And this is something I am aware of and I’m working on.

I have a permanent reminder to take this central path. Not the spikey, rough terrain of extremes on the left and not the sloping, ‘easy’ option of laziness to the right. Somewhere perfectly in between. The middle path.

I’m not saying we all need a tattoo to find happiness. But a constant reminder to check-in with yourself; why am I reacting a certain way and what’s made this surge in my emotions?

I’m standing back and questioning myself whenever I can. Ridiculously, my ego likes to think that I’m SuperHuman. I even believed it for a while. But I’m not.

I’m just a regular gal trying to make sense of a very irregular world. And I feel like I’m doing it. When I stop and listen.

It’s amazing to feel the results of happiness when you gain the power to stop and listen to your true self.

There is more than this…

I can show you how…

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