BY: T. Franklin Murphy | May 2018
Endless stream of words invade tranquility, interjecting and interfering with peace. Our brains generate words that continually cause worry over an unknown future.
Thoughts are funny things. They pop into our head, demand attention and motivate action. We insist that these meandering demons are facts. After all, they seem important, recruiting emotions. We are so intimately connected with our thoughts that a thought stirs emotions without any supporting facts—just our wild imagination. Thoughts compel behavior; but many thoughts are ill conceived and not relevant to reality. The thoughts continue anyway, demanding compliance without smartly engaging further investigation. We must scrutinize our thoughts, correcting when necessary.
Thoughts are merely sounds, words, stories, or bits of language. They might be true but often not—only a perception of truth. Stemming from insecurities, thoughts are generated from unsubstantiated fears. Reality is reconfigured to account for internal imbalances; our thoughts then rally to justify the unsubstantiated fears.
We can’t permanently stop the streams of thoughts. However, there are techniques—meditation, prayer, yoga and engagement—that provide temporary relief from disrupting thoughts; but eventually the thoughts return. Our mental health doesn’t require us to extinguish unnecessary thought; only to see thoughts for what they are—a string of words, passing fantasies, or disturbing worries.
When we see thoughts for what they are, they lose power.
"Our mental health doesn’t require us to extinguish unnecessary thought; only to see thoughts for what they are—a string of words, passing fantasies, or disturbing worries."
Catch troublesome thoughts and ask, "Is this thought helpful?" "Does it create the life I want?" If it doesn’t than step back from the emotion and observe the thoughts presence with curiosity. We can act with direction, in constructive ways, rather than shackled to thoughts that provide no benefit. Freedom from pesky thoughts gives us power to act in ways that transform futures into the richness of our well-designed intentions--the life we want to live.
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