What an amazing day to start paying attention to our thoughts. Usually people realize the kind of thinking they have when they try to sit on meditation. But if you stop for a moment and be quiet you’ll realize that your mind is just like a TV show – with many guests, commercials and even bad news (specially bad news). It doesn’t really matter what goes on your mind, but it really matters what you do with these thoughts.
If you pay attention to each one of them, believing on them, and giving them a meaning, they will make your life a living hell, a horror show. You will start to create lines for a discussion that may never happen; you will feel the pain of an argument that may never occur; you will get divorced; fight; cry; suffer – on a hypothetic future that happens only on your thinking. And why would you choose to create this reality for yourself even for a moment, a second… Does it really worth it? If you could change everything and get a recipe for true happiness and peace of mind would you take it?
If your answer is YES, here’s the deal – the recipe for true happiness and peace of mind is:
1- Recognize the thoughts you usually have;
2- Write down each one of them on a piece of paper;
3- Acknowledge where those thoughts come from;
4- Are they your inner voice or they come from the voice of somebody you know (it can be somebody close to you);
5- Recognize what these thoughts say about your recurrent concerns, feelings etc;
6- Recognize how these thoughts are refraining you to have the life you always wanted to live; how they’re stilling your time and energy and finally how they are building the life you are living right now; the kind of job you have; the relationships you have with your parents, friends and colleagues;
7- Recognize how your thoughts shape who you are.
I’m pretty sure that the thoughts we have reflect the values and beliefs we were raised on. They reflect the way we experienced life on our early age. Our thoughts reflect our self-esteem and the way we relate to ourselves. Once you acknowledge that your relationship with yourself is not good, and you will notice that by paying attention on your level of energy, your weight, your emotions, your creativity, your relationships and so on. Every aspect of your life reflects the way you perceive yourself. Every aspect of your life reflects the thoughts you have and they tell a lot about you.
Change your life by changing your thoughts. Just for today every time that a bad thought pop up in your mind, let it go away and think something positive instead. You are in charge of your mind now. Choose your thoughts wisely and change the show.
Let’s start changing the world around us by changing our thinking. It all starts with us.