How do we create freedom in our thoughts?
We all have a built-in way to create private suffering or personal joy – the thoughts we give life to. We generate thousands of thoughts per day, so it can feel like a huge responsibility to focus on creating nothing but happy thoughts. It can also feel like a bit of pressure to slow down and focus on even noticing what the tone of our thoughts entail.
I believe when more of our thoughts are focused on what we do want to be feeling (hopefully that’s joy) than on thoughts that lead to suffering, judgment or worry; over time it becomes easier to access our joy and connect to our personal truth. The more we train our minds to focus on seeing what we want, the more natural it is to continue creating habits and patterns in our thinking that are along this same line.
By beginning to notice our thoughts, whether that is through a meditation practice, or through scheduling in regular times to ‘check-in’ on our thoughts, the easier it becomes to create more self-awareness and freedom in our thoughts. We can’t change or re-direct what we aren’t aware of, so becoming aware is really the first important step.
I often use how I am feeling as an indicator of what sorts of thoughts I am giving life to. If I feel anxious, angry or upset for no obvious reason, I know that I can check-in on the story I am creating in my mind. More often than not, I have discovered I can change the tone of my thoughts by becoming aware of what they are. This awareness also helps to release those unwanted feelings and make room to create new thoughts that lead to having a greater sense of peace and joy. The most powerful question I ask myself when I check-in on my thoughts is: “What do I want to be feeling right now and how can I begin creating steps towards that in this moment?”
Through awareness and practice comes freedom. How might you create more awareness and freedom in some of the thoughts you give life to in your day?
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