Your Thoughts Are Your Most Powerful Tool!
We all know that we need to watch out thoughts for they become our reality but many of us have problems with keeping our focus. With awareness I have found that I hear my thoughts clearly now, and sometimes they are still disturbing.
Have you ever done something seemingly and innocently silly, like go to the bank when you know it is probably going to be busy, say a Friday afternoon at four o'clock? Of course you have. I did that just the other day. I became aware that I was berating myself in my mind for being stupid for going to the bank at that time. I was literally lashing out at myself. Whoa... what was that about?
In my case it goes back to that feeling that I am constantly under pressure to get things done fast and efficiently. What a load of BS! At some stage I even convinced myself that taking lunch was a waste of time and you can imagine what that has done to my self-care over the years. Even though I am so aware of the problem I still struggle daily with this pressure that I put on myself. Yes - there is the crux of the matter, what I do to myself!
Here are a few tips that I use to keep working at it:
Second Attention: I am always aware of my thoughts by placing my second attention on them.
Listening to my body: I stop what I am doing as soon as I feel tension in my body because it means that I am starting to put pressure on myself.
Gentleness: I treat myself gently and remind myself all day that I just need to be present. There is no rush.
Patience: I must have patience. I built this backbreaking thought pattern and habit over many years and it can't be broken in one day.
Compassion: I must have compassion for me when I don't get it right. Healing is a process.
So, this year I will continue to break down and through this thought barrier. I do everything with second attention on my thoughts. I remind myself over and over in a day that what I am currently doing is important and that I have all the time in the world to complete it.
The ultimate goal you ask? To walk in beauty with neutrality, strength and an open heart...
Love & Light