Some one has said that you can not stop your mind from thinking and trying to do so is about as effective as trying to empty the ocean of it’s water one bucket at a time.
In association with this truth is the fact that most often the thoughts we think, we blindly accept as being reliable and correct. Many times we experience recurring thought patterns. They loop. Like a revolving door, they just keep coming back around. Sometimes our thoughts are time elapsed. Other times, they’re triggered by sight, sound, particular events, or certain hours of the day.
Today I listened to an attractive, very obese woman on the Doctor Oz program speak of her food addiction. You could not help but feel her pain as she shared with the audience, saying “I can not stop thinking about food.” You could feel how she loathed herself as a result of her actions. I have heard of people caught in the throes of cocaine addiction say that, “Crack will call you.” In my own life I have experienced recurring thoughts of anger, bitterness and perceived injustices. And as a result of these experiences in my life, I — like so many others — have sought pacifiers to ease the pain.
One day, not so very long ago, an Unpremeditated Thought showed up at the front door of my mind and interrogated some Old Familiar Thought Patterns with a question…Why? Why do I have to keep going through this? Shortly after that, I came across a book by Dr. Daniel G. Amen, M.D. “A Magnificent Mind At Any Age.”
In this book he says, in essence, to quit giving our thoughts a free pass. He says to challenge our thoughts, to talk back to those thoughts. He encourages us to reach back and reconnect with that “rebellious teenager” mentality from our past –the one that kept talking back, challenging that authority figure. He says the rebellious teenager mentality does not simply accept something just because someone said so.
I’m learning that although that recurring food, alcohol, sex, nicotine-laden thought that speaks with so much authority is telling me it’s time to get my “binky”, there is a teenager in me who is hard-headed and up for the challenge. I’m listening to that kid! It’s time to fight back. Keep in mind also, that some battles on the way to victory have to be won more than once…Change your thoughts–Change your life.
We don’t have to accept every thought that enters our mind. THOUGHTS LIE and they lie a lot. Just because we have a thought does not mean that it is valid.
Thanks for spending some of your time with my time…
Have A Great Day!