“Above all, the only thing you have to heal is the present thought. Get that right and the whole picture will change into one of harmony and joy.”
– Eckhart Tolle
Being aware of our thoughts is a powerful tool for mastering our minds. When our thoughts go on without our conscious awareness they become the driving force of our actions, words and in turn our character.
Taking time to notice the thoughts that are zooming through your mind will give you insight into what patterns, habits and beliefs are running your daily life. With this awareness comes the power to choose, to put a stop sign in front of the rush of thinking we generate every moment. This gap in our thinking that is made possible by being aware of our thoughts, without judging them, gives space. With this small space we have the choice to pick our thoughts.
Instead of simply watching a seemingly random unfolding of constant thinking we can now pick what thoughts we put into our minds and in turn what ideas, beliefs, words and character we wish to live.
How to Choose Your Thoughts:
1. Close your eyes, and ask yourself one questions: What am I thinking about right now?
2. Let the answer come. It may take a few moments to clarify what is the dominate subject of your thoughts but it will come.
3. Take 10 deep slow breaths allowing your thoughts to slow.
4. Pick one thought, make it a good one. A thought that lifts your spirits, and brings excitement. Allow yourself a few minutes to fully engage with this thought, and watch where your mind will take this new, conscious thought.