Do you ever notice how your brain never stops chattering? If you haven’t, take a listen. It’s constantly trying to figure this and that out, interpret what is happening, make decisions, make plans, and on and on. It simply never ends. Have you ever tried to quiet these thoughts? Likely without much success. The brain is a powerful tool but it is so powerful that it is incredibly difficult to control.
I like to think of the brain as a little puppy. It is crazy, sporadic, has tons of energy and never seems to settle down. A puppy left untamed and untrained will do whatever it likes in a crazy sporadic way without any direction. This is similar to how the untrained brain works. When we pay little attention to our brain it is off in crazy town just aimlessly churning information. Without training and guidance from our heart (or true self, inner self, essential self – all the same thing) the puppy is lost. The scariest part about this when talking about your own brain is that your thoughts (the ones being left unattended) impact EVERYTHING in your world. And not just your world, but every person you may encounter every single day. For example, you’re on your way to work and someone honks at you while driving. You get angry and say what a jerk off! Now your stress levels increase. Your muscles tense a little. You are now carrying the thoughts of this other car with you in your head. You’re thinking negative thoughts about this person. You are assuming they are some kind of jerk or idiot. You move on with your day with a spell of negative energy around you. BUT if we were to dig in deeper: How do you know for certain that car was honking at you? The fact is: you don’t! For all you know they were honking at someone else, accidentally hit the horn, or their dog jumped on their lap and hit it. But you are assuming it is at you. You are assuming this person is a jerk or idiot. You are making assumptions in your brain, dwelling on this negative experience and now your energy is more negative than before. You walk into your office and you are not the same chipper person you were before the honking incident.
These situations happen thousands of times every single day. Think about the impact that your assumptions are having on your physical body, your life and the other people in your life. What if we could become aware of our assumptions (the lies our brain makes up) and start to change them. How could that affect our energy and our lives? When we are stressed about something we tend to exercise less, eat unhealthy foods, and when our stress hormones are up its one of the main reasons our body cannot function properly. We literally create disease within ourselves from thoughts that aren’t even true. And this is a power that you can harness. This is something that is in your control to change.
So, how do we change? How do we change these thoughts that are happening constantly thoughout the day? I will tell you that it is not easy and it is something that takes daily practice. The same that you workout everyday, eat healthy everyday and drink water every day. You have to get into the habit of working on your mind. The first step is simply awareness. Be aware of your thinking. And always ask yourself, am I assuming this thought or do I know it to be truth? And let’s think about truth for a second. How do you know if something is true or not? The simple answer is what you personally experience first hand is truth. For example, if someone scowls at you while you’re walking by, you might assume that person is angry with you, doesn’t like you, etc. You analyze it in your brain and try to figure out what you did wrong. You might get defensive and think in your head that person is crazy or has problems. But if we examine the situation closer, you are assuming that person is thinking anything negative about you. You are assuming that scowl was even about you. Maybe they were thinking about someone they are angry with, maybe they had a bug in their eye, face spasm, maybe they are an angry person. The fact of the matter is you have no idea. All you know is that person made an angry face. To make assumptions about that is only hurting yourself. Become aware of your thinking and ask yourself – is that thought true or false? Reality or an assumption? Once you begin to make these distinctions, your thoughts will naturally change on their own. And you will be on your way to more positive energy and happiness in your life.
Wishing you positive thoughts!