“Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is coloured by such impressions.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.


You might call this ‘mindset’ – a habitual or predisposed way of seeing the world: making judgements about people and things without taking the time to question why it is you have come to that judgement. Perhaps the environment you are in has a dominant effect on that mindset – like working in a coal mine and having to adjust your eyes to the bright light of day.


During these challenging times, try something different to see life from a different angle: lie on your sitting room floor and stare up at the ceiling. If you have a garden (firstly, be grateful that you do!), take a chair and sit in a spot you’ve never been seated in before. Make a deliberate effort to break away from the well-worn paths of habit in your mind.

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