“No matter where you go or what you do, you live your entire life within the confines of your head.” — Terry Josephson
With our minds, we can spiral up, or spiral down. If we think the thoughts that serve us, then we can put ourselves into a more resourceful state, find our motivation, and attract more of what we want. If we drink from the steam of polluted thoughts, we can quickly disempower ourselves, put ourselves in a state of anxiety, and lose our motivation and drive.
A colleague told me that sometimes you’ll see questionnaires ask things twice — once in the positive and once in the negative. She explained they do this for two reasons: 1) Because you might have missed the point of the question, and 2) Because some people tend to think in the positive, and others tend to think in the negative. I thought it was a great bit of insight. For me, I know I shifted to more positive by focusing on what I want, not what I don’t want, and by asking “What’s right with this picture?”, before asking, “What’s wrong with this picture?” If you want to change your focus, change the question.
In the book, 180: Climbing the Two Ladders of Inner Strength and Outer Freedom, Rob White shares insight and action on how not to sip from the stream of polluted thoughts, and instead, direct your thoughts in a way that lifts you.
Thoughts are Forever Flowing
Rob says that there’s no shortage of thoughts to tap into:
“The collective consciousness of humanity is jam packed with thoughts of every nature. These thoughts are forever flowing through your individual field of consciousness, and are as immediately available to you as the air you breathe.”
Don’t Sip from a Polluted Stream
Rob says that toxic thoughts work against our vital life:
“Just as continually sipping on a stream of polluted water will harm your body, continually sipping on a stream of polluted thoughts will harm your psychic condition. You cannot experience a vital life with a damaged psychic condition.”
You are the Air Traffic Controller
Rob says that we direct our thoughts and determine the stream from which we drink:
“You are the air traffic controller when it comes to the stream of thoughts that land on your field of consciousness. You determine the stream of thoughts that you flag in, and the stream of thoughts that pass through, unnoticed by you.”
Are you thinking the thoughts that serve you?
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