10% Happier

Yesterday in class we watched a video about panic attacks, Panic Attack on Live Television. The video talks about how we are all somewhat insecure about what people think about us. It talks about that voice inside us that feeds us with negative self-talk. The news reporter that went through the attack found a way to deal with it, and he wrote a book called 10% Happier. In the description on the Amazon site, the secret that he found was meditation.

In class, we all admitted to having this negative voice in our head. Even Moses was insecure about what the Lord was calling him to do. “If you please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past, nor recently, nor now that you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and tongue” (Exodus 4:10).

I remember at Monday Night Nitro, Mike used to always tell the kids that they were special, and that they were loved. It’s easy to say that, but I think that the kids started to believe it. Why? Because every Monday night, there were (and still are) adults who set aside their time to be with those kids. To talk to them and be their friend, and there were no strings attached. Those adults tried to love those kids with what I like to call that “No Matter What” kind of love.

I saw kids become happier people, when I saw them trying to emulate those adults by serving others. I certainly believe meditation will help anyone, especially when it is surrounded in prayer, but I’m also convinced that getting out of oneself and serving others is a surefire cure anxiety and will lead to living a peaceful life. When we begin to die to self and love others with that “No Matter What” kind of love, what others think of us no longer becomes a thought because we are to busy thinking of others instead of our own self.

“If today you hear His voice, harden not your hears” (Psalm 95).


About dwinger

Former farmer, now college instructor
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