You’ve got standards, right?
How important is it to you to keep things in your life clean and tidy? Your home, your garden, your car, or your appearance and that of your children (and maybe even your pet, if you have a almighty furball of a cat like mine)… keeping them free of dirt, germs and mess because of the affect not doing so could have on your health and happiness.
I’m guessing that you place a lot of importance on those standards and you prioritise the way you spend your time and energy so you can uphold them. Yeah?
So is your mind a gleaming palace of love or a manky den of fear?
Yes, we’re living in our physical surroundings but far more importantly in terms of our health and happiness: we’re living in the feeling of our thinking.
What we think about is what we feel, what we think is what manifests in our lives and we can’t achieve anything worthwhile without having thought about it first.
Is your mind a place where thoughts of anger and resentment dwell? Is it somewhere that fearful and stressful thoughts are welcomed? Are guilty and shameful thoughts given the red carpet treatment?
Or do you see that no matter what your physical surroundings are and despite how others are behaving, that’s nowhere near as meaningful to your health and happiness as your own thoughts?
That’s not to say we should judge ourselves when we’re feeling fearful, stressed or any other painful emotion, it’s far more useful just to notice that it’s all just coming from thought and we have powerful choices about our own thoughts.
Yep, you get to choose…
We have little-to-no choice about what we think but we do have a choice about whether we take thoughts seriously and hang onto them. We can allow fearful thoughts to clutter up our mind like they’re something big, real and heavy or we can see them for the lighter-than-a-dust-mote thing that they are and watch them drift away. Isn’t that a beautiful thing right there? There’s no need for elbow grease or brillo pads to scrub thoughts away because our minds come with a self-cleansing design – to switch that feature on we simply need to realise that we have it!
That we create our reality through our own thoughts and that gives us choices about our reality is the most inspiring, powerful and yet simple truth known to humankind. It’s a truth which will have been known by the all great people in history including Jesus, Buddha, Muhammed, Da Vinci, Nightingale, Carnegie, Curie, Ford and Jobs… as well as thought leaders alive today.
“You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs
You are creating your life one thought at a time – what kind of life is it?