Definitions of the word think:
- To have or formulate in the mind.
- To reason about or reflect on; ponder.
- To decide by reasoning, reflection, or pondering.
- To judge or regard; look upon.
- To believe; suppose.
All of these definitions have one thing in common: They are all filtered through our minds and are layered with our perceptions.
Our thoughts create reactions. Sometimes we feel guilty about our thought, obsess on our thought or believe strongly that our thought is the only way to see things. No matter which it is, our inner peace is disturbed.
Our thoughts are not reality. They come and at some point they pass.
One of my teachers had such a simple solution to help us get beyond taking our thoughts so seriously.
Try this the next time you are obsessing on a thought:
- Notice the thought, take a breath and say: It’s just a thought…
Let me know in the comments below how this worked for you. Did it help shift you thinking? If not, what do you think got in your way?
I have been around someone who uses the word terrible to describe everything that she perceives inconvenient in her life and the lives of others.
The meaning of terrible “ Causing great fear or alarm; dreadful” does not match the reality of having to go through a pile of newspapers, yet that is the word she uses to describe her situation.
Words carry tremendous power. The documentary “What the Bleep Do We Know?” creatively addressed this topic. Dr. Masaru Emoto studied the power of words on water. By using both written and spoken words, the water actually “changed expression” depending on the thought and feeling.
If words change the expression of water, the impact on the well-being of humans is immeasurable.
Our thoughts and words create our reality.
Become aware of the language your use throughout the day. You have the power to make the shift in your state of mind and emotions by the simple use of words.
Do your words accurately describe what is happening? Let me know in the comments below.