Recently we’ve been exploring our neighbourhood and discovered there are a number of free little libraries to be found. These are built by individuals at the edge of their properties and contain a small enclosed shelf containing books that are free for the taking. You are encouraged to leave a book or two as well to keep the cycle going. These are wonderful in many ways, allowing re-use of something that one person no longer needs, encouraging reading, and allowing us to find out about new and interesting things!
On a recent outing I picked up a copy of “Earth Fights Back – A Different Approach to Ecology” by Gill Gervais. I didn’t know what to expect, or whether it would be worthwhile reading. It looked to be a low volume self published book based on the cover (yes I know you’re not supposed to judge on that) but that’s one of the benefits of the little libraries. No cost to find out!
I was pleasantly suprised by this book, and it delved into many unexpected areas. In fact it echoed and built on some concepts that I have been coming across in various parts of my life recently. It really felt like I was meant to find and read this book!
The main concept that I want to discuss here is that of “what you think grows”. Whatever you focus your thoughts on will magnify in your life. So if you spend your time thinking about how your life is lacking in some way or other, then you will attract more of that lack to your life. Likewise if you focus on areas where you prosper you will attract more prosperity.
In the author’s words “The more you think of grievances, the more trials you will continue to experience. The more you think of good fortune you had and of future ones to come, the more good fortune will come to you.”
So positive thoughts are not only beneficial in making us feel better and happier (boosting our mood in the short term), they can actually change the outcomes of our life directly as well. The book even provides practical advice on how to change your thinking and instill new habits to help bring more positive virtues to your life. This includes mindfulness and meditation, helping to sync up the subconcious mind to these goals. Going even further, the author argues that setting up our own lives for success in this way is key to addressing the issue of climate change and our earth’s ecological balance as well.
If you’re looking to improve your well-being then filling your life and your time with the things and thoughts that you want to manifest more of will help you greatly. And if you’re looking for something new and different to read, seek out the little libraries in your neighbourhood. You may just find something that the universe has picked just for you!