It is not always easy. We are human after all. But it has been proven that our thoughts are far more powerful than we give them credit for. Stay positive and stop worrying about things you can't control. Your thoughts are powerful. Healthy thoughts are crucial to a healthy body. Positive thoughts lead to happiness. We create the moment, the day, the world and the responses that surround us. We all have bad experiences, face stressful situations, have disappointments, make mistakes, or experience disagreements. But they do not need to be more than that. Imagine if we had a bad experience, remained present for it, did not reflect back into the past and compare or contrast it and did not carry it around with us for the rest of the day or the days to come. Imagine having a disagreement and not letting it be more than that, a difference of opinion, and not allowing it to impact our relationship or the mood that we are in for the rest of the day. By facing these types of life situations this way, we remain present and we are in control of our thoughts.
I don’t think we give ourselves enough credit for the power we have in our lives and over our reactions to what happens within them. We step into the role of victim too often. We react without fully being present with what is happening and allowing our body, mind, heart and soul to be with it. So when we react we are only partially present usually bringing our emotions and our memories to the scenario, but little else. Acting out of ego rarely involves the power of our thoughts, the intention of our soul or the love and compassion of our heart. Given the person I am striving to be, that does not make sense to me.
So how do we change this? It takes practice, intention and committed effort. Often our emotional reaction is a habit we have created for ourselves from repeated behavior. Often our thought process is not challenged by our inner truth and is allowed to run rampant through emotional land mines that explode at our touch and leave a pretty big mess for us to wade through. So that means to begin this way of living we first have to break the patterns of reaction. Stopping ourselves, using grounding techniques, whether it be breath work, meditation, prayer, journeying…whatever it takes to break the cycle of reaction without checking in with our authentic self, our inner truth and being present in the moment. We also have to challenge our thoughts, asking ourselves how does it support the greater good of our soul, our day, our life or our relationships? How does it reflect what we truly believe? Is it based upon fact or is it based upon emotional energies? Will the thought change once we have ridden through the pain, disappointment or loss? If so then we can release the thought for now and just be present.
Living this way takes perseverance and practice. It is not readily modeled for us by most of the people we interact with, but that does not mean it is not possible to embrace and adopt. Understanding that the power and energy behind our actions and thoughts has a great influence on our life’s happiness and wholeness and then ripples out to the lives of those around us helps us to return to this daily and bring our best efforts.
Blessings ~ Lisa
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