It seems so easy – focus on happy and be happy! Well, when I first practiced this, many interesting things came up. Firstly, it takes effort to focus on Happy. Secondly, I noticed that if I’m not thinking about Happy, I must be thinking about something else. And noticing the “something else” also takes effort. So being mindful of where my mind is does not come naturally to me. I seem to be drawn to a wide assortment of distractions – Constantly reacting to crises, eye candy, cravings and impulses.
But this can stop. Through gentle, regular effort, we can train ourselves to be proactive and intentional in our focus. The results are impressive – permanent, desired changes to our brain occur. We will experience increased gamma brain waves which are responsible for heightened levels of awareness and perception, higher levels of intelligence, focus and energy, better memory and more consistently positive thoughts and moods. All in all, less stress and more joy!
Various methods can help to increase gamma brain waves. Hypnosis, self-hypnosis, and meditation are safe and common. Regardless of what method you choose, the key is to start now and practice regularly.