"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thought. With our thoughts we make the world"- The Dhammapada

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4/11/13

"Thoughts become things"

 

Three simple words with such profound meaning. Everything in life begins with a simple thought. In fact the reality you are currently living is a product of your past thoughts. I want you to really think about it. Interesting concept isn’t it? Most people don’t realize just how POWERFUL a thought is no matter how “small.” There is a beautiful quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that really describes the beginning of this journey you are about to embark on well “Take the first step in faith, you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
The reality of my life today is all a product of that one simple thought, that one small decision I made 6 months ago to be HAPPY.  I began to change my thought patterns. I no longer saw myself as a victim. I began to look at the glass half full and attempting my best to see the positive in all situations. Now, this is a process that takes much time and dedication. When introducing this concept into my life I employed a few strategies to help me along the way. The first thing I did was become more aware of my thought patterns. Whenever I began to think about things from a negative standpoint I would consciously acknowledge it and simply change into a positive thought. This is a process that may sound difficult at first but you’d be surprised how quickly it turns into a habit.
The second strategy I put into practice was a little something I like to call having an “Attitude of Gratitude.”


This is where the work comes in. I highly recommend you all keep some sort of journal. Journaling exercises are so important to personal growth. The written word is incredibly powerful. Now, I want you all to write in your journal all of the things you are thankful for in your lives. As you are writing these words in your journal I want you to really FEEL that gratitude in your hearts. I love this exercise for a few reasons, first it reminds us of the incredible abundance already present in our lives, second what better way to attract more good into your life than to focus on all of the wonderful people and things already present in it, and finally it’s great pick me up. Whenever you are having a tough day you can always look back on this entry to remind you of all the wonderful gifts already present in your life.
There is a daily activity I do without fail that really helps put me in a great mood. This exercise is hands down the most powerful and effective tool I’ve used in changing my thought process. It is so powerful that I notice a shift in my energy when I skip even one day. Now you can do this exercise at whatever point in the day works for you. I personally like to start my day with it. Every morning when I wake up the first thing I do is thank God and the universe for a new day. As I go through my morning routine I start naming out loud all of the things I’m thankful for in my life. The trick to this is not to simply just state what you are thankful for, but really FEEL it in your heart and soul. I can promise you after a few weeks you will see great changes taking place in yourself as well as in your life. Choose your thoughts carefully.
I want to end this blog entry with a quote from one of my favorite authors Katherine Woodward Thomas:
“I really believe that if you want to create something wonderful in your life, you’ve got to learn to tolerate the “in between” time. That’s the period in which we let go of who we know ourselves to be in order to allow for the possibility of who we might become.”

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