As I pondered my relationship to thought. I was reminded of one of my favourite films ‘About Time’ where the father of a son who realises that he (like his father) can travel back in time, is given the sound advice to live each day twice, the second time noticing all the wonderful small things in life. These are things that his thoughts may have prevented him from seeing the first time around. This reinforced the idea that your mind really does have the power to create your experiences and the ability to create anything.
Thought comes along moment by moment and it begins to create our experience.
Thought then builds up, reinforcing our experiences and it becomes our belief system.
This creates our reality. Whatever our mind does, is then what we experience.
Delving deeper… I started to think, “What are the realities I am creating for myself that are not true?” “What realities are we creating about the current situation?” Am I already anticipating that nothing will change and I’ll be left feeling helpless and frustrated.
What is my relationship to ‘bad’ emotions? Emotions such as stress, blame, guilt. And what can I do about them?
In a position of observing and noticing these thoughts. I may look to find solutions to prevent me from thinking and to relax. I may listen to music, make another cuppa or practice some yoga. I don’t need to label these thoughts (good or bad), but instead recognise that they create my reality and are made up. I am a witness to my thoughts. Sometimes I can’t stop them but I can be sure they will pass. Martin likened this to the weather,
“You don’t get up into the clouds and try to move the rain. We accept the rain and know it will pass,”.