Thoughts are simply a formless energy which flow through our minds. They are not real, and they certainly do not hold any substance. Yet, many of us accept our thoughts as reality. We create a dance allowing our thoughts to lead and then resisting - being dragged away by our thoughts and pulling back. We place so much energy allowing our thoughts to lead and then use up other further energy dealing the effects of this - anxiety, stress, depression and so on.
I wanted to share something which happened to me this week.
I was driving from home to Glastonbury for my Monday appointments, I had back to back appointments up until about 3.30 when I then had a break. I am very blessed to live in a beautiful part of England - surrounded by fields, open space, deep soft green grass and due to the constant rain beautiful wild flowers!
On this particular morning I was enjoying the drive feeling calm and relaxed when a farm tractor pulled out in front of me, and as tractors do it started to drive very slow. I was stuck behind the tractor for about 15 minutes. Due to the traffic coming towards me I wasn't able to overtake. Thoughts were louds and clear - I am going to be late for my first appointment, it's going to be a stressful day etc. My body reacted to these thoughts with agitation at the tractor in front of me, and started feeling stressed and anxious..
I then took a deep breathe - and woke up. Woke up to the fact that I had lost connection with myself and the peace within me and surrounding me by responding to these thoughts. It was my choice to do that. Everything else around me was the same, it was my perception of the what was happening that caused me to create stress and anxiety within me.
My energy was being used to project what may or may not happen in the future. We do not have control to what happens around us, and I certainly wasn't able to control the tractor in front of me! But I have a choice on how I respond - I can react with stress or anxiety or I can create further peace in my mind by changing my perspective.
The only situation that had changed was a tractor was driving slow and my thoughts projected into the future and create scenarios which I invested my internal energy into. After I woke up to the fact on how my thoughts were "dancing" in my mind and causing a racket - I realised I had a choice to what happens next. I could continue to get stressed and agitated OR I could change my perception to what was happened and return back to being present and connected to the NOW.
I choose being present and connected to the now. I wanted to share this with you today to show you how easy it is to change our perception of life and how we respond to thoughts. We can't always control what we think but we have a choice on how we respond.
Remember also that we are human, and at times we may get caught up on these thoughts - and that's okay - use your self awareness to see what is really happening and then decide how you wish proceed and respond. You have that choice.
Many clients I work with struggle with their thoughts and allow them to dictate their life. I'm stupid, I'm hopeless, I am going to be anxious in that meeting, I am going to blush when I give my presentation. Their thoughts create their reality. It doesn't have to be that way.
How do you dance with your thoughts? Are they constantly leading your life and pushing you back? If you would like to change your perception of life and how you respond to your thoughts. Let's chat and have a conversation and if we both feel we can work together book an appointment.
Wishing you a wonderful day
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