|—By Jennifer Picinic|
Unfortunately, many of us have not been taught how our thoughts can have a direct impact on the way we feel. Most of us have probably learned instead to trust our feelings, typically known as gut thinking, and have never stopped to recognize the critical role our thoughts play in how we relate to life.
I too have been guilty of finding ways to justify my emotions. I would often say things such as, "But I am entitled to feel this way." What I have come to learn is that while yes, indeed I may be entitled to feel certain feelings, such entitlement does not come without a cost.
Take for example that last time you believed someone wronged you and perhaps you were left feeling angry as a result. Did you take the time to recognize what type of thinking influenced the way you were left feeling? In many ways, our thoughts give us permission to feel certain ways, whether it be positive, negative or neutral. Our thoughts really are the gateway to our wellbeing and therefor the good news is that we do have a say in how we feel.
While we cannot control circumstances around us, we can indeed control how we react to them. We can begin to develop a sense of self mastery by reflecting on what thoughts and underlying beliefs led us to behave in certain ways.
The more we become aware of this truth, the more we can practice better ways of thinking. This by no means insinuates that we allow people to take advantage of us. This simply means that you are more empowered than you perhaps have ever recognized that you are.
Life doesn't just happen to us. We influence the relationship we have to this thing called life.
We can continue to allow negative thoughts to fester in our minds and find every which way of supporting them but we should recognize that we are in many ways responsible for how we allow our thinking to affect us. We can be left feeling helpless as a result if we are not careful in our way of thought.
Our brains have a negativity bias which is why the practice of making healthy thoughts grow is essential to our wellbeing. Our mind is preoccupied so much of the time therefore we must make a conscious decision to make time for stillness.
If you are constantly reacting to life experiences you are losing sight of who you really are. We all have a life force within us that will carry us through the most seemingly difficult of times. By practicing our Faith, we strengthen our resilience to the toughest of times. We recognize we are indeed more than our mere experiences and in fact, are whole and complete just as so.
When we approach life with Faith, all things are possible. There is no circumstance that our Faith cannot surpass us through for we know, inherently that we are more than our experiences. A directive, purposeful approach to life is essential if we want to maintain a sense of wellbeing. When Faith leads, suffering diminishes and all that remains is the divine essence that resides in us all.
The only thing deserving of us is that we recognize this divine essence that resides within. We can allow this truth to take the forefront in all that we think, in all that we do.
When our underlying foundation is built upon Faith, we can rise above all perceived obstacles and unveil the real beauty of our existence. We can begin to relate to life in a way that works for us, not against us.
New thought. New Belief. New Life. And so it is.
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