Thoughts Shape Your Reality
We’ve been taught to shower daily (at least some of us do), to clean our dirty dishes, to sort the trash out and do our daily chores. We’ve were warned by our parents not to stare, and to be kind to others, using kind words and always saying “please” and “thank you”. But how much have we been trained in the vigilance of our own thoughts? When no one is watching, are you your best friend or your worst enemy?
The Little Prince wisely stated, “It is a question of discipline….When you’ve finished your own toilet in the morning, then it is time to attend to the toilet of your planet, just so, with the greatest care. You must see to it that you pull up regularly all the baobabs, at the very first moment when they can be distinguished from the rose-bushes which they resemble so closely in their earliest youth…” If we don’t spot negative thoughts form their initial formation and weed them out early, they will take firm root and distort our personalities.” Thoughts are energy, and as such, where energy goes, attention follows, shaping our reality.
Thoughts rule emotions, which govern decisions
What came first the chicken or the egg? In this case, neither: the thought came first. It’s the energy behind the mental impression that fuels and sparks the emotional reaction that later pushes us to take action. The actions you take each day create the results of your life. And since every action you take has been preceded by a thought, what you focus on really does drive your reality. “I am not pretty enough, I am not good enough, I am not tall enough…” If you repeatedly catch yourself giving power to these thoughts, you’ll soon enough find yourself shying away from saying hello to a stranger, or feeling undeserving of being in a relationship with someone you find attractive, simply because there’s been enough repetitive patterns of negative thoughts giving roots and foundation to the behaviors that arise as law of cause and effect. Catching yourself having such deprecating thoughts is step one towards making a positive change in your life. Try affirmations instead, to begin affecting your reality from the subtle to the gross, physical level.
“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.” ~Buddha.
Your brain can be trained to self-regulate negative emotions
In my previous article, The Body Speaks: 4 Rules to a healthier life, I explained the importance of listening to the body as a messenger, to connect with our soul and live a healthier, pain-free life. Mindfulness practices assist in awakening us to leading our lives with greater awareness.
In a press release, lead author Fadel Zeidan, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist, described the study, “While we thought that there would be some overlap in brain regions between meditation and placebo, the findings from this study provide novel and objective evidence that mindfulness meditation reduces pain in a unique way.” Accessing the subconscious mind to release traumas and blockages is key to freedom. Through meditation, we enter into tetha state of consciousness. During meditation, the frontal cortex tends to go offline. This part of the brain processes sensory information about the surrounding world, giving you a sense of time and space. Studies show that when we practice, as little as 10 or 20 minutes of meditation daily, we reduce stress levels exponentially, open our creative channels, reduce anxiety and fight depression, among other incredible benefits.
Your brain structure and functional connectivity is ever-changing
Neuroplasticity guarantees that the architecture of your mind—and the functional connectivity of your brain—is not definite, nor set in stone. Using mindfulness to consciously guide your thoughts away from hatred, negative emotions, and cynicism is a path to healing and life mastery. We are conduits of energy. It comes in all forms and densities, from high-frequency to dull, dense matter – we ARE light beings. Studies at the Oak Ridge Atomic Research Center have revealed that about 98 percent of all the atoms in a human body are replaced every year. You get a new suit of skin every month and a new liver every six weeks. The lining of your stomach lasts only five days before it’s replaced. We evolve on a cellular level. We are ever-changing in mind, body and spirit. By understanding this, we can begin to be more watchful with what we put out into the world in the form of thoughts and deeds. What we give out, we get back. What we believe in becomes the truth for us. It is THAT simple. By choosing positive thoughts that support a healthy lifestyle, you are taking important steps towards personal responsibility, and spiritual maturity.
What to do when negative thoughts haunt you
Inevitably, sometimes (or often times) we are haunted by destructive, toxic thoughts. Here’s what you can do as soon as a negative thought arises. Take a moment to follow these steps:
- Ask yourself, “Where is this thought coming from?”
- “What is this thought/emotion trying to tell me?”
- Take a deep breath
- Remember that you have the POWER and CHOICE in the present moment to feed it energy or let it pass by
- Move on with your day – get busy in your body, stand up, go for a walk, exercise…get moving!
- Don’t judge yourself. Remain loving and compassionate – even if crazy thoughts are present. You are NOT your thoughts.
- Repeat if needed
In time, you’ll notice how much easier it is to not become attached to your thoughts and emotions and to observe them as a loving witness. Check out my FREE WORKSHOP: The 3 Key Secrets to Health of Mind, Body & Relationships to understand how to work with your emotions and free your mind.
Stay grounded, think positive and twerk on!