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I remember somebody telling me they had been to Africa, and they were asking the local tribe about their spirituality. The tribesman couldn’t make sense of the word. And so the visitor kept trying to explain what they meant by spirituality, and finally the man said, "Oh, we call that life.

PAMELA SHEPHERD, MINISTER, IN THE BOOK GRACE WITHOUT GOD

The reason why unexplained events have a disproportionate emotional impact is that we are especially likely to keep thinking about them … Once we explain an event, we can fold it up like freshly washed laundry, put it away in memory’s drawer, and move on to the next one.

DANIEL GILBERT, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGIST, IN HIS BOOK STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS

When I lost most of my sight and realized that I was now disabled I started to become more spiritual. I find the first quote very interesting because that is how I feel. My spirituality has been growing and changing with the changes in my life. I have actually heard several other people with disabilities, at least those that have become disabled later in life say they have become more spiritual after becoming disabled.

It is a proven fact that our brains grab onto negative information first. Ages ago we needed this to keep us safe, but that part of our brain has not evolved as we have. While we are nicely tucking away our happy memories our monkey brain is worrying about all the little things that we should be letting go of. Two things that can help this are mindfulness, which is where you become aware of what you are thinking and why you are thinking it. Second is meditation which helps to calm your mind.

Do you do either of these practices? Please answer in the comment section

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