“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” -Peace Pilgrim
Every thought you think is powerful.
Every moment we are creating the world we want to live in.
Every thought you think creates your feelings. When you feel bad, it’s because you believe there is a reason to feel bad.
Every thought you think affects the words you speak. What you say to others creates a powerful ripple effect in the earth- and always returns to you.
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” -Buddha
How do we control that power? How can we train our thoughts without spending 22 hours a day in meditation?
Here are three things I do to keep my thoughts on track:
1. Take radical responsibility for your thoughts.
Your thoughts can only be controlled by you. I can’t make you think something. Your best friend can’t make you think something. Only you can decide what you want to think. Often, we go through life with “lazy minds,” forgetting this. We let our thoughts dart from here to there. If you just take control of your mind a few more moments today than you did yesterday, you’re making powerful progress and unleashing the power of those purposeful thoughts into your life.
“One is not “forced” to feel resentment by a negative memory, nor does one have to buy into a fearful thought about the future. These are only options. The mind is like a television set running its various channels for selection, and one does not have to follow any particular temptation of thought.” -Hawkins & Jeffrey, Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self
2. Enjoy the process of thinking purposefully.
Letting my thoughts run rampant used to be my “default.” I would “wake up” in the middle of the day realizing I was lost in thought for hours. Now that I love creating my thoughts and purposefully choosing what I want to think, those “lost” moments are unpleasant. I look forward to thinking great thoughts. I look forward to choosing what I’ll think about in each moment and powerfully creating my day as a result.
“New thought is new life.“ -Prentice Mulford
3. Allow yourself to return to your favorite thoughts.
I used to think there was all this thinking to be done, and somebody had to do it! When I became more present and powerfully aware, I realized that’s just a story of fear and lack. There are even studies that show successful people have fewer thoughts! I’m not surprised- when I allow myself to stick with the thoughts that I love, the other thoughts (worry, lack, fear, unpleasant memories, etc.) don’t have a place in my brain- it’s too busy thinking about what I do want.
Try these three tricks and watch the power of your mind change your life in ways you never thought possible.
“There is a world within – a world of thought and feeling and power; of light and beauty, and although invisible, its forces are mighty.” -Charles Haanel
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