How well do your thoughts serve you?
I’ve been reprogramming my thinking habits lately, removing the clutter of thoughts that bounce around my head like a bag of squirrels. The ideal? The default setting on my mind is a clear and quiet consciousness, a complete presence in the moment. When I need thought it is for a clear purpose: calculating numbers, making a grocery list, or some other task that the brain excels at. Otherwise, it remains empty—a clear channel open to receive flashes of inspiration from my subconscious, higher mind, or wherever it comes from, from which I may then act accordingly.
How do I know when thinking is useful? When I intend to think about something for a specific purpose, it is useful. When I receive inspiration to act upon (even if it’s just to write it down), that is useful. The thoughts are grounded in action. Thinking that is not grounded in action has no outlet. It gives us anxiety, guilt, or confusion. It perpetuates fear and negativity. We can still turn it into something positive, however, if we find a way to get it out, bring it into the light, and discern if it is a true concern. Often it is not and we can simply let it go. If it is a true concern, perhaps one we were ignoring, it is probably time to ground it in action. Take an honest look at it and do what needs to be done.
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