Choose Your Thoughts, Change Your Life
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I am constantly gifted with choices.
I’m not talking about external choices like deciding between two movies or between different restaurants or even what clothes to wear today.
I’m referring to my conscious choices as they relate to my thoughts.
How often do I allow my mind to tumble and fumble along the path of today? How often are my thoughts like a person scared to get on the long and curvy slide at the water park? Like the ride, when I’ve made a choice to be afraid of anything, I am tense and my body slams against each twist and turn of the journey.
However, when I choose to relax and enjoy the thrill of the ride, my body no longer resists the water’s flow and I glide through all the curves.
Choosing my thoughts is a similar process.
When I become aware of how my thoughts create a smooth flow of circumstances or a wild, frantic ride, I am better equipped to change them.
Case in point: Conversations that involve politics or the federal government. Yesterday, I realized that there are times when my sweetie and I should steer clear of these topics. Our basic viewpoints are too different and more often than not, one of us comes away from the conversation with our hackles raised.
So, I’m making a conscious choice to limit these topics of conversation. They aren’t productive, they usually are not positive and they invoke a winner/loser outcome. Plus, I don’t know enough to soundly present my case so I grow frustrated and irritated with myself.
So I choose to step away from those conversations, or at least not initiate them.
They nearly never garner peace, love or joy which are my three conscious attributes for living these days.
When I have peace, love and joy in my life, politics and the federal government lose their appeal.
I can choose to listen to the subjects without responding.
I can choose to not get whipped into a frenzy around divisive issues.
They just don’t matter to me. Peace, love and joy matter.
Today, I choose the latter matter.
For this Mindful Monday, please enjoy these five quotes about choosing your thoughts.
B Well & Choose Your Thoughts Well!
By choosing your thoughts, and by selecting which emotional currents you will release and which you will reinforce, you determine the quality of your Light. You determine the effects that you will have upon others, and the nature of the experiences of your life. ~ Gary Zukav
Thoughts are boomerangs, returning with precision to their source. Choose wisely which ones you throw. ~ Author Unknown
Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive, because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive, because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny. ~ Gandhi
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~ Abraham Lincoln
Life consists of what a man is thinking of all day. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson