What you think about; you become. Your thoughts, words, and experiences create your world. Have you ever stopped for a moment to realize what you are saying to yourself or thinking about on an ongoing basis? If you are honest, the answer is probably “no”. Why is that? Well, most likely, it is because you are so busy! You are so busy “doing” tasks, so busy “thinking” about the past and critiquing every thought and experience; and so busy being concerned about a future that has not even arrived! Why does this matter? It impacts every facet of your existence. There are quantum physicists and neuroscientists that have studied and discovered that your thoughts and feelings release neurotransmitters that affect your state of well-being, promote positive or negative mood, and even impact your organs and body systems’ functions. Additionally, they have found that the brain literally changes its FUNCTION and STRUCTURE just by what you think or imagine.
“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday,
and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow” (The Buddha).
So, your thought life is critical. Life is made up of events and your thoughts about those events. Your thoughts count. How you experience your life is unique to you because only you experience your thoughts. What is a thought? A thought is an idea. It is a version of reality. It is your version of reality. It makes a difference in how you experience your life. You choose your thoughts and the only power your thoughts have is the power you give them. As Louise Hay says, “You are the only thinker in your mind. You can choose if your thoughts are true or not. Be the thinker; not the thought. The power is with the thinker!”
One way to begin changing the thoughts you think and the power you give them is through awareness. Self- awareness gives you choices; without self-awareness you cannot update your mind. When you slow down, live in the present moment, you have a better opportunity of being aware of your thinking. When you are aware of your thinking; you can change it! Make friends with your mind. Make friends with your thoughts. Say things to yourself that are affirmative. This is a powerful tool for increasing self confidence and curbing negative emotions.
In the book, “Life Loves You”, by Louise Hay and Robert Holden, Louise shares an exercise called “The Ten Dots.” The idea of this exercise is to practice one affirmation throughout each day; helping to retrain your brain to think and speak affirmatively. Following is an overview of how to conduct the exercise for yourself:
Begin the day by looking in the mirror and say something like, “I say YES to life loving me today,” (or any other affirmation you choose). Next, stick 10 adhesive dots in places where you will see them throughout the day. Each time you see a dot, restate the affirmation that you chose for the day. Louise encourages you to do this exercise for 7 days in a row; choosing an affirmation each day. The goal being to realign your thinking, changing your thoughts and what you say to yourself.
Being aware of your thinking; changing what you tell yourself can make a significant difference in your life. Wishing you a deeper awareness of the voices inside your head and an experience of your world that YOU CONSCIOUSLY CREATE!