I want, I want, I want to give, to love, to create, to serve, says your outside voice.
Too bad. You don’t deserve. You’re crazy. You may want, but you cannot have, says your inside voice.
Which voice do you listen to? See why it’s necessary to abandon your thinking?
In my last post, we explored six reasons to let go of destructive thinking. Those six were:
1. What we think about, we bring about.
2. You will no longer be plagued by those “yeah, buts.”
3. We sit in our own sh@t because it’s warm.
4. You’re getting bloody and bruised from beating on yourself.
5. Much, if not all, of our thinking is erroneous.
6. Our thinking is based on conclusions of people who lived in another time and place.
I just know you have, like me, mastered all six reasons and are chomping at the bit for the remaining six. Not! I do so love being facetious!
Reason #7 to Abandon Your Thinking: Old patterns of thinking block us from contemplating new possibilities.
Or more correctly, according to scientific research, continued thought patterns actually form grooves or channels in the brain and when a repetitive thought enters the brain, it gravitates to its groove. When those repeated thoughts are destructive, it’s not groovy.
The good news is that our brains are malleable and with concerted effort, we can create new grooves with repetitive good and positive thoughts. I think I can, I think I can . . .
Reason #8 to Abandon Your Thinking: We can become immobilized, unable to move one way or another off the high-center point of destructive thinking.
We brood, we stew, we ruminate on a change we want to make instead of allowing a “what if?” thought to enter our thought process. For more information on how to “what if,” visit my friend Mindy Audlin’s masterful technique called What If Up at http://whatifup.com/.
Reason #9 to Abandon Your Thinking: To save our planet.
When you really become aware of the energy flow around your moods and their corresponding thought patterns, can you feel how negative comments or judgmental remarks create a feeling of toxicity? We’ve all encountered the spoiled-sport who is a “downer” in an otherwise great situation.
Imagine that particular situation multiplied. Now you’re in a location where most everyone is grumpy and tired. They complain about everything without appreciating anything or anyone. You can’t wait to escape that situation, right?
Now imagine an entire neighborhood or town behaving so destructively. Expand the toxic circles out to your state, your country, your continent and your world. What do you see in your mind’s eye?
Our thoughts are powerful conductors of energy that can literally cause massive shifts in our planetary health. Pretty cool, huh?
Reason #10 to Abandon Your Thinking: We can stop wars.
I’m of the belief that collective, focused thinking can produce the most incredible, even seemingly impossible, outcomes. Never underestimate-NEVER, NEVER-the power of positive thinking.
Our God-given powers are meant to be used for good deeds, not destructive ones. Believe me, I am not naiive enough to believe that violence and wars can be stopped on a dime.
But, what if they can? Who’s to say? Can we try stop wars by letting go of the old, outdated and manufactured methods of being in relationship with others? As with the principle behind #9, this #10 reason begins with one-with-me, then me-with-you, then us-with-them.
Are you with me?
Reason #11 to Abandon Your Thinking: So we can stop relying on outward methods of stimulation.
We turn to food, alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, shopping, whatever makes us feel good about ourselves. We find an elusive haven in the things when in reality, they are merely a replacement, a stand-in, for the One. Instead of telling ourselves–and believing–that we’re craving all those things, can we crave God instead?
I invite you to take a 21-day challenge with Lisa TerKeurst, author of Made to Crave, http://madetocrave.org/21-day-challenge/.
Reason #12 to Abandon Your Thinking: To Win Our Personal and Collective Victories.
Need I say more?
Just this, to paraphrase Mastin Kipp of The Daily Love (http://thedailylove.com/):
Ask. Believe. Act. Release. Receive.
Namaste, my friends.
Photo courtesy of Jen @smiling_heart