Archive for Thoughts & Beliefs
Here are a few examples of how our desires can be negated by affirming our lack.
- “I want a new job, but I don’t have enough confidence in myself.”
- “I want my partner to be more affectionate, but he doesn’t pay attention to me.”
- “I want to be rich, but I don’t have a job.”
- “I want to be healthy, but the doctor says I have cancer.”
There’s one thing these sentences all have in common…It’s the word “But”.
Try this exercise. Take a piece of paper and split it in two columns. In the first column, write out a few similar sentences to the ones listed above where you want something, but you think you cannot have it for some reason.
Now, in the second column rewrite the original sentence with reversed fragments, so that it looks something like…
- “I don’t have enough confidence in myself, but I want a new job.”
- “My partner doesn’t pay attention to me, but I want him to be more affectionate.”
- “I don’t have a job, but I want to be rich.”
- “The doctor says I have cancer, but I want to be healthy.”
Now, slowly read the first sentence out loud, feeling out each word. Close your eyes and notice how it makes you feel. Now, read the reversed sentence in second column. Notice anything different in the way the second one made you feel?
Just a little trick to my mentor taught me, for shifting the direction of negative thoughts.
Someone recently asked me, “What do you want to do in the next 5 years?”
I answered, “I want to do whatever feels right.” I used to answer in the same way when my family would probe me about my career plans. My folks always got a little uncomfortable with my ambiguous replies, but I always told them that there is no certainty in an uncertain world.
The current of life will carry us regardless of whether or not we try to swim against it. I don’t know where this current is going or why it’s carrying me. All I know is that I want to live totally spontaneously…letting go completely.
We are so conditioned to follow a certain set of beliefs and ideas that often don’t coincide with our natures. Yet, we continue to bend ourselves and mold ourselves into the status quo, while our bodies violently protest by developing all kinds of illness and dis-ease.
That’s why meditation has become such a powerful part of my daily life. I am constantly working on purifying my energy and emptying my mind of all extraneous thoughts, because when the inner dialogue goes silent, our senses sharpen. Only then do we begin hearing those messages that can lead us to our highest purpose.
My senses and feelings are my personal thermometers. They guide my life. I’ve discovered that when my mind is filled with random thoughts, old habits and beliefs, my attention to what is truly important is compromised. My intuition becomes less accurate and I’m more likely to stumble.
By learning to silence my mind through deep meditation, I’ve discovered a powerful connectedness to my higher self or God. When I feel that connection, I know that no matter where I’m going or what I’m doing, I’m right where I’m supposed to be…