Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Don't believe everything you think!

We have a gazillion thoughts every day, so how many of them are really true?  

(okay maybe a gazillion is a bit off, but you get the idea)

I realize this may be a strange question to ask, but is it really?

We have this belief that every thought we have must be true just because we think it. 

Close your eyes and think: 
I am a pirate, I am a pirate, I am a pirate.
Open your eyes.
Are you really a pirate?  
But you thought it...

Is it possible that other thoughts could be equally untrue?

What about these?
I'm not smart enough
I look terrible today
I will never get better
There is something wrong with me
She is trying to hurt me
How could I be so stupid

With the gazillion thoughts that go through our mind each day we fall into a pattern of believing everything we think.  

Not every thought serves a purpose and is useful.  You can chose which you believe or listen to more than others.  Challenging the validity of a thought can help you to identify those that are not helpful.  

Trying hard to push away or ignore a negative thought is not the same as recognizing it and choosing not to believe it. 

For example, right now I am going to ask you to NOT think about a spider crawling on a web.  
How many of you just thought about a spider crawling on a web?
Instead of fighting with your thoughts, accept that you don't have to believe everything you think!

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