Today’s Mandala Message: Be Selective of Your Thoughts
This week I’m working through Principle #25 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Drop Out of the ‘Ain’t It Awful’ Club…And Surround Yourself With Successful People”. I set my intention today to ponder the idea of being selective of my thoughts. I have to admit, most of the time I let my thoughts go unchecked. My reactions to them tend to be on automatic pilot. If I have “this” thought, then I’ll have “this” reaction.
Since last year, I’ve been following Pahla B on YouTube. She’s a health/exercise coach for menopausal women. As part of her series from last year, she includes a different helpful thought for each of the 65 videos. One of the things she repeats often is that thoughts can either be helpful or not helpful. She encourages us to adopt the helpful ones _if_ we find them helpful; if not, disregard them. She reminds me that I would benefit greatly by paying closer attention to my thoughts; keeping the helpful ones and eliminating or re-writing the others.
A good mindfulness practice would be to keep asking: was that a helpful thought?
So how about you? Do your reactions to your thoughts run on automatic pilot? Are your mindful of the thoughts you have? Are you willing to re-write the non-helpful ones?
“The happiness of your life— Marcus Aurelius
depends upon the quality
of your thoughts:
and take care
that you entertain
no notions unsuitable
to virtue and
The Mandala Lady
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