16 Aug ARE YOU IN CHARGE OF YOUR MIND?
Or is your mind in charge of you? Are you easily distracted and even though you do want to think positive, your mind takes you to the worrying or stressing thoughts?
Being able to tame and control your mind is an essential ability needed towards attaining greater wellbeing. An uncontrolled mind can play games with you. The ones who practice meditation know that the thoughts that come into their minds are not always chosen consciously. More often than not, they are just habitual thought residue from what you have been thinking enough times to leave a thought path. We have anywhere from 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, but, according to research, as many as 98 percent of them are exactly the same ones we had the day before.
Our thoughts are strongly affected by how we chose to see reality and they are also the doorway to our emotions. Thoughts create emotions. If you don’t control your thoughts, you are at the mercy of them and of your emotional state. The untamed mind sends the emotions up and down according to the thoughts that march through. An untamed mind tends to find its attention caught by anything that come its way. It is led by the attraction and impulses of the moment.
The goal is to learn to become inner-directed so that you decide what you want to think about rather than having your thoughts determined by what is happening around you. A trained mind creates an emotional calm and inner peace by focusing on higher ideals, wisdom and love.
A way to train your mind is to simply observe, for a period of time, the flow of your thoughts as they pass through you. Watch the flow of your thoughts, for many thoughts are triggered by outer directed stimuli such as phone calls, TV, and the people around you. Notice the thoughts that come into your mind. Do they come into your mind as a string of thoughts or do they jump in unexpectedly?
Be selective with what you allow into your mind, just like you are selective with what you put into your body via food, drinks and supplements. Thoughts can pollute your system to a quite damaging extent. Practice putting higher and better feeling thoughts into your mind. The thoughts you think should be in your mind by invitation and choice.
Thoughts create your reality, and every time you think of the future you project energy into it: wanted or unwanted. Every comment you make directs energy towards the past, the present or the future. Becoming aware of the thoughts that you send out towards your new reality is what makes you a deliberate creator of it. Therefore, if you want a better future, picture it, speak of it. Only you can create for yourself what you want.
It is important to plan and visualise what you want for the future, but then relax and trust the process of manifesting it. Self-awareness also helps you to understand that intuition is your invaluable friend and it leads you towards the desired outcome.
Quieten your mind and ask yourself: ‘Am I happy with the thoughts I am thinking? Are most of them positive and good feeling? Do they make me empowered or disempowered?’
Meditate on the following: ‘The more you can clear yourself of other people’s programs, expectations and pictures of yourself, the more powerful you will become.’
- Sit quietly, allow yourself to rest physically, emotionally and mentally by your preferred ways and focus your awareness within. Let your mind wander without controlling it. Observe what comes in and don’t attach to the thought, do not follow it or elaborate on it, do not judge it. Just observe it.
- Pick one thought (a worry or an unpleasant or critical thought) that appears often in your mind. Have the intention to release it.
- Consciously say no to the thought, say: ‘I am not willing to think you any more. I am choosing to change you for a better feeling thought.’ And do so: think of a day on the beach, a walk in the forest, your loved ones or any other pleasant thought.
- Make a list of good feeling thoughts that you can take out whenever you realise you have got into a downward spiral of negative thoughts. Gratitude thoughts and loving thoughts are the most powerful ones.
Author: Emilie Janda
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