Thoughts are powerful! We all have thoughts running around in our head. We get upset about something and we just dwell on it. Then we tell our friends, and we dwell on it some more. But some thoughts we don’t tell others. Like the negative things we say to ourselves. How many times do we challenge our thoughts? Why do we keep dwelling on thoughts of a past event that are painful to us? The past is over but we keep reliving it, keep it alive in our mind. And it feels like the event/situation is happening to us all over again. We never let it go. You are not your thoughts. Become aware of what you are thinking. Stop yourself if it is painful, unless you just like torturing yourself. You are living in the past. Or maybe you’ve projected yourself into the future and you are worrying about something that you don’t even know will happen. Free yourself. Live in the present, in the now! How? Read Eckhart Tolle’s book, “The Power of Now.” I read the book years ago and continually practice what the author said to do and it works! I’d catch myself thinking a painful thought, or worrying about something, and then ask myself, “do you want pain or pleasure?” When my mind was insistent upon thinking a particular thought I’d just say to myself, “ok, you’ve got 2 minutes to go on with this line of thinking.” Then I would redirect my thoughts. If I couldn’t come up with something pleasant to think about, I’d think about something that wasn’t painful, like, what I was going to cook for dinner the next night. That led me down a different path of thinking. Read the book and find what works for you. It helped me immensely. Focusing on the negative only draws more of the same into your life. When you are not caught up in misery and worry, you can begin to focus on things, or the life that you do want, and make it happen.
“Watch your thoughts….your thoughts become your words,
Watch your words….your words become your actions,
Watch your actions…your actions become your habits,
Watch your habits….your habits become your character,
Watch your character…your character becomes your destiny.”
— Frank Outlaw