This is the best. Copy and paste it, print it and put it up on your wall. It can bring consciousness to you as you pass it in the hallway. Or, you could use it as your desktop wallpaper. It has the power to remind you to choose thoughts that serve you.
I can choose my thoughts. The thing is, I am usually so unconscious as to what my mind is conversing about at a constant pace that I am not usually aware that I have a choice at all! Thoughts seem to be my ego and I often listen to that long-time friend. It says I don’t have a choice at all!
But a choice I have. I can be servants to my thoughts. My thoughts tell me that the economy is bad. I read the news to find out if this is true. And, of course, I find lots of articles that will tell me that everyone better be concerned. And, so I worry and feel sick and scared, and irritated at whoever comes into my midst. It is no fun being a servant of my careless thoughts.
I need to remind myself that my mind has an automatic function and if left unattended will automatically dish out thoughts previously thought or read about. . It’s the reason I can type these words so easily, without even being aware of what letters I’m tapping on. The mind can sort out and remember data that comes to me just like a computer. My ego has developed within the mind and can dish up thoughts to its satisfaction, like eating when I’m not hungry. If I don’t organize that data the way I, my happiest self, want it to serve me, if I just let the data run every which way, my body will receive instructions. Yes. My body is dependent on my mind and my heart.
The question is, do I want to let the mind have free-wheeling power over my existence?
For me the answer is an emphatic, NO! Well, not when it feeds me emotions of fear, worry, irritation, hopelessness, that type of thing. But I like the automatic body directions, like walking and dancing and, yes, typing!
Unless I am aware of my thoughts, they run me. I keep hearing this, but I keep ignoring this seemingly simple fact. It is so easy to take orders from the thoughts. I often act on thoughts that I did not really choose, and then regret it as if I had a choice. But I did have a choice. I could have chosen to put thoughts into my mind that were pleasant and helpful for me to gain my dreams! I could have chosen to learn a new skill, take a new course, listen to a new piece of music, sketch or paint, exercise, mediate, visit with friends, take a walk, play a game with my family. I did not have to let outside random news stories take possession of my life and the health of my body.
And I haven’t even talked about commercials!
I worry about the future of my job. I worry about the amount of money I will need to survive in the future. I worry just about everything when I read the news. I was taught in school to be civic minded by reading current events. So even though the news has always been geared to what is shockingly wrong, I dutifully read, if I don’t consciously stop myself. Many times I am just curious to know what is going on in the world. I guess I believe I’m going to read some good news. It never happens and I am filling my mind with fear, concern, disgust, judgements about things I really don’t even know about because I’m reading a 2nd hand account. The fact is, it is challenging to read the news and stay conscious, alert, enough to sort through what I will allow myself to think about.
Here comes the good stuff. It is possible to make my thoughts serve me. What is it that I want. I want to reap the benefits of my core nature, love and happiness. These sweet energies do not exist in worry and concern. Negative thoughts are like the worst party poopers! These thoughts try to cover up and make me forget that there is such a thing as love and happiness. These thoughts are determined to eliminate any enjoyment. Well enough about the negative thoughts.
The thing is, I have to first be aware that they are running rapid in my mind and making my life miserable. Once I can do that, — ah! — I can choose a few thoughts of my own. I can clean-up the computer of my mind and create a most magnificent day for myself and for everyone around me.
That is the choice we all have. Whenever you feel miserable, you can look to our thoughts. What have you been thinking about? If you have just been reacting to a friend, to a news story, to a car who cut in front of you, to the load of work you have to accomplish, chances are you are now servants of those thoughts. You don’t like being servants of negativity. The alternative, of course, is to change your upload of thoughts.
Dare to enjoy life by enjoying life! Leave the news behind. News isn’t new. It was cautioning us to be very a very afraid when I was a child and it is no different now. We will always have people telling us that the end is near. The question is, will we listen?
Will we train our mind to think thoughts that serve us and our pursuit of happiness. It will take courage and discipline and delight and fun, but I think we are up to it. This is possible because our core of love is strong beyond estimation!
No matter what you perceive your situation to be, create thoughts that will permit you to have a most satisfying and happy day!