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Mind Optimization Part 26: Believe in Magic

If you think you are the top of the food chain, the only way left is down. Belief in something greater than ourselves pulls us in a positive direction and reminds us that we don’t have it all figured out. Miracles surround us. We just have to notice them more.

This video is the last and final part of the twenty-six excerpts from a presentation hosted by SOUL Food Salon in March 2019.

You may check out the full playlist of this video series on The Art and Science on Mind Optimization here. Alternatively, you can also click here to watch the previous video.

Video Transcript

I think we all need to believe in magic. And it doesn’t have to be magic, per se, but we should believe in something that is greater than ourselves. Because, as I tell a lot of my patients also, that if you think you’re at the top of the food pyramid, the only way left is down. And where is magic? Where in our lives is magic? You know, in my opinion, it’s everywhere. You just gotta look. You’re too busy texting. You’re too busy rushing from one meeting to the next. And the reality is we live in a magical world, full of beautiful things. Nature is beautiful. Love is beautiful if you think about it. Right? Love is such a powerful thing that we can’t quite put into words and yet it moves us so. Music.

So all these examples, for me, it’s important to kind of keep that childlike curiosity alive. It’s interesting, if you look at the way kids interact with the world versus adults, a kid would be up here thinking like, “Whoa, this is the coolest microphone ever. And, oh, you guys are here.” And adults are like, “Okay, yeah, whatever. We’re here.” We take basic things for granted. And the reality is that we’re all surrounded by beautiful things. I use the example of tinfoil. Because when I was a kid, the first time I played with tinfoil, I said to myself, “This is the coolest thing ever. It’s metal that I can bend. I can rub things off and, oh look, it’s got a penny on it now.” Do you know what I mean? And it’s magical and it’s shiny and it’s cool. And then I got older and tinfoil became garbage.

And I’m not saying we all need to sit there and deeply obsess about every little thing around us and play with tinfoil again. But, I repeat, everything I’ve said to you today is intended to be taken on a spectrum. And if you think you’re too much of an adult, you might benefit a little bit from becoming more of a kid. And if you have children, it’s especially easy. Because then you just look at what they’re doing and just be with them. Because they’re doing what they should be doing. They’re exploring this beautiful, magical world that we live in. So I want to say it’s important. Wow more. Do things that give you goosebumps. Look for those opportunities. And when that does happen, speaking of the ski hill, be with it. Because you should realize that the ski hill has the bad patterns built-in, but it’s also got some beautiful sidetracks built-in. And if you happen to decide that you’re going to go through the woods today, and you saw something beautiful? You should do that again more often. Because you can wear those tracks in, too.

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