Well, we just zipped past Christmas and New Year’s celebrations—or was that Thanksgiving and all those bargain gifts to buy or not for the holidays? Oh, I almost forgot … resolutions? You know, the promises we tend to make about all the fantastic and wonderful things we’ll do in the New Year? Well, how are you doing with them? Do you feel that sweet serenity and peace of mind you promised you’d have more of? Or are you once again off to the races?
Whatever is actually happening in our lives, I’m pretty certain we can all agree that having less stress would be a good thing. When we find ourselves challenged to remember things, even small things like “Where did I put my keys, or where are my glasses, or … wait, I’ve got it, I can’t find my cell phone,” it’s usually because our bodies are secreting too many stress hormones like cortisol. This makes new memories hard to establish and old ones hard to retrieve because the brain’s glucose supply has been interfered with. Additionally, long-term stress causes a buildup of calcium in the brain cells, affecting brain function. This is commonly seen with Alzheimer’s sufferers, but stress affects all of us to lesser or greater degrees. The bottom line is that our lives would be more pleasant with less stress.
Where does all that stress come from? We might initially say it’s our fast-paced lives or not feeling safe and secure, but every one of us faces uncertainty. Every one of us faces the same environmental and economic threats. Every one of us must deal with misfortune and challenges to our health and well-being. Every one of us has faced confusion and doubt. Is there a better way to deal with the uncertainty we’re exposed to?
I’ve dedicated my entire life to finding the answers to these questions. What I’ve concluded is that it all simply comes down to finding our hearts. What would it be like to live with greater levels of compassion, confidence, and courage in today’s world? What simple steps can everyone take? Is there a blueprint one can follow? Can one find real meaning in life, and what day-to-day practical steps should be taken? These are the issues I address in my newest book, Finding Heart: How to Live with Courage in a Confusing World. As you turn the pages, you will find that peace of mind is not a faraway place. It is closer than you think.
You’re warmly invited to share in this illuminating experience. I promise your heart will be warmed by it! Please just take a peek at what others have been saying about the book. Finding Heart may be just what you’ve been looking for. You can find it by clicking here.
Wishing you much peace and love,