We think; it’s what we do. My intention to reside in the present moment isn’t about eliminating thoughts regarding the past or the future. It’s about staying conscious of my thoughts and noticing whether they uplift or lower my mood. Do I feel better or worse when I follow this train of thought? Am I wandering down memory lane aimlessly and finding my energy dropping? Am I speculating about an unknown future sprinkled with doubt and experiencing angst?
Let’s be aware of how our thoughts make us feel. Aimless mental meandering can land us in energy-weakening territory. Bad habits can form where we relive, over and over, a hurtful event. As we mentally recreate it, our heart rate increases and our stomach tightens. We even blush as we envision a past embarrassment. This is a very ineffectual and erroneous use of our minds. Particularly when thoughts generate emotion! Emotion gives thoughts tremendous power because it amps them up. They become magnified and attract to us more of the same. Like attracts like. Thinking positively helps us feel happy. Make this decision now: Refuse to recollect negative past experiences and refuse to imagine a worrisome future.
Let’s mindfully explore the past to observe what we’ve learned, things that worked, mistakes we grew from, and where we’re grateful to not be any more! We may need to delve into the past to heal with the help of a supportive friend, mentor or counsellor in order to feel it, move through it, and release it. Instead of evading the Now with aimless thoughts, we are consciously examining the past in order to assist healing, and are consciously visualizing a positive and vibrant future in order to help create it.
Let’s remain in the Now and embrace this moment by thinking thoughts that help us feel empowered, capable, and loved. Let’s think the highest and the best thoughts possible. Focusing on thoughts that raise your energy is a healthy habit that will change your life.
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