Call me paranoid, but there are times when I think my thoughts are out to get me. Yes that’s the sixty thousand daily thoughts we apparently have. But then I remember, uh-oh, I think I’m supposed to be in charge of them.
Though there are definitely times when it seems that they think they’re the boss. Those small, negative, but still creative thoughts, disguised as apparently inoffensive teeny, tiny ideas.
Take today, I set off for my appointment a little later than usual and did I think it’s okay, I’ll get there in perfect time. Not likely…I probably used up at least twenty of my daily thought ration on, I’m going to be late. I know it, I’ll definitely be late.
Around number twenty, I caught what was going on and used the next few hundred on…how great I got there in plenty of time. Phew…that felt much better. Enquiring minds might want to know, did she? Get there in time? Yes I actually did thank you very much. Not by train, though I like the thought…just quickly.
Lets add to today’s mix, spending time looking for something I wanted in a store all the while thinking…they probably don’t have it. Do I need to say, I didn’t find it?
Then comes the class I’m taking in something too boring to mention…was I thinking wow this is so easy for me to get? Err no.. it was more along the lines of, flaming Ada this is complicated, I don’t know if I can do it. Not helpful.
The challenge is that this law of attraction that we hear about isn’t just attracting stuff. It’s attracting thoughts that match the ones we frequently think. And when they’re connected to a strong feeling…well let’s just say you’d better look out.
When you feel mad about something, it doesn’t usually stop with one thought, but another one comes along to join the party. Like attracts like. And before you know it you’ve got a party full of loud, raucous, killjoys… and by now you’ve built up such a head of steam, you’re ready to explode. And whammo..look out anyone in the vicinity ‘cos you’re about to be the recipient of a Vesuvius type explosion. Run for cover!
I’m not yet convinced all my thoughts could be great, uplifting, noble, and positive…it’d be really cool, but I don’t think I’m in that elevated state yet. What I can do is practice paying attention throughout my day and see what I’m thinking or feeling. What if I was allocated only ten thoughts every day, would I make them great. You bet I would. So what if I made it my business to have ten, really good, positive, productive thoughts every day. Every single solitary day.
Hey I can do that. What say ye?
Encourage each other.
*grin* I practice and teach the power of affirmations. However, I absolutely understand your message. May I suggest that perhaps rather than ‘trying’ to transform each of our thoughts (which requires energy that we could be investing in *living* those thoughts) we release judgment of those thoughts. We spend lots of time thinking “oh shoot, I thought that” and then “worry” about what we are drawing to us, when we could just simply think it, oh well..and move on to the next thought.
And, gratitude is powerful. When we focus on gratitude, anything “less than” that kind of naturally sloughs off. I think the key is not to get wrapped up in “how” we are thinking, but to celebrate that we *do* think and create and live life.
I love the photos and the message–thank you for sharing!
I do agree Joy, if you can maintain thoughts of gratitude, you are definitely in a wonderful state. After all, ‘feeling is the secret’!
I like to catch myself immediately when I’m off on a roll about something negative. It’s almost immediate now. Then I choose differently.
Good for you Tess. It’s great to do that, and doesn’t it feel sooo much better?
Absolutely love this piece. You have a wonderful style of writing. I really enjoy it.
I’m going to work on catching those nasty little negative creatures as they crop up to ignite my fire.
I’m working on Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and she deals a lot with negative beliefs.
Nice to ‘meet’ you.
Harriett, it’s lovely to meet you too and I thank you for your very kind comments. Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s way is a great project, I remember it with a lot of affection…and some work!
Great catchy heading Elle,
Pause & reflect then choose something positive,happy and run with it
be good to yourself
We really do have to be guardians at the gate, don’t we?
Selectivity in which thoughts we entertain is paramount to either being controlled by our thoughts or controlling our thoughts.
Who knew mind control would actually have a positive connotation?
Thank you for another interesting article.
Write on, Elle !
I like that comment Joseph ‘mind control with a positive connotation’.