Posted: June 23, 2014
Wouldn't it be great if we had thought bubbles in real life that we could take a moment and read? Since we can't look up at our thought bubbles, we have to take time out and notice our thoughts from time to time. Our thoughts are so powerful and yet they are often so automatic and potentially running things on inaccurate or outdated beliefs. Let me give you an example. The other day I was at a stoplight behind a Mercedes. For a second, when I noticed it was a Mercedes, I said to myself, "I wish I had a Mercedes....they are well made cars!" It surprised me to have such a thought, so I began examining it. Where did this thought come from? Then I pieced it together. I remember my friend's father making this statement when I was 13 years old. He said, "Mercedes are good cars....they might be pricey but they last forever." He made this statement one time in my presence. I have not pursued researching Mercedes or cars for that matter. I really have no idea if that statement was true or is true. It was a little thought "seed" planted twenty some years ago. After thinking about the Mercedes thought, it made me curious how many thoughts are deeper within my conscious and ready to pop up. I think it is important to try to catch thoughts....especially if they cause us stress or run havoc in our lives. I believe it is Echart Tolle who says, "You don't have to believe everything you think!" A simple thought, seemingly from one little spoken work over twenty years ago....snuck up on me and was harmless. I am more fascinated by my thought popping up than I am interested in continuing to believe the thought....or even figuring out if it is true. How many thoughts are running through our minds, charged with emotion, and we don't even take the time to look at them more closely? Look at your metaphorical thought bubbles this week and see what you notice. It might be kinda silly, like mine was. It could be a bigger shift in your life then you expect, simply by exploring these little things we call thoughts!