Dying Daily #119: Mindfulness Monday – Thoughts

“As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.”
― James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
No matter how much time I spend working with people and on myself in relation to them, I am continuously surprised at the power of thoughts and just how much control they exert over the reality we live in.
Your thoughts are everything, they determine how your treat yourself and others, how much or how little you enjoy the time you have on this planet and what kind of world you live in.

What you think about matters.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:8
How much time do you put into working on your thoughts? Not just being aware of them, but being intentional as to what they are? There are opportunities to do this every second of every day.
A car cuts you off. Do you envision them swerving off the road and dying in flames or do you wish them well, hoping they arrive safely to wherever they are going?
Whether you believe that thoughts and prayers and positivity have any outside effect is irrelevant; how you handle situations will determine what state of mind you are in. Negative thoughts latch on quickly. Positive thoughts take longer to develop roots.

Every opportunity matters.

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
― Wilfred Arlan Peterson
What we think is who we are and who we will be. What we think determines who we have in our life and how much we are able to grow. What we think about ourselves decides if we have a low ceiling or an infinite sky above us.

Your thoughts are not “you”, they pop in and out and only stay if they are invited to.

What kinds of thoughts are you inviting to be long-term houseguests?
What seeds are you planting for yourself?
What judgments about yourself arise when you look at the thoughts you’ve been cultivating?
Those are just thoughts too.