Happiness, anxiety, anger, shame, guilt are all a reaction to your perceived reality. All emotional states are a reaction to your thoughts.
Right now as I am writing this, I began thinking about my next meal. All of a sudden, I felt hungry, and I almost stopped writing this to go make food, even though I just ate an hour ago. My body was just reacting to what I was telling it.
Your body is your loyal servant.
We are constantly reacting to what we tell ourselves.
We tell ourselves that we could get in a car accident. All of a sudden, we start to be extra cautious and anxious.
We tell ourselves doing what we are doing is stupid, so we feel like we are wasting time.
We get lost in our thoughts as we continue to react to them like they are the truth.
Are these thoughts really true?
Honestly, they never are. Even the positive ones.
They only feel true when we obsess over them until the next distraction changes our thoughts. They feel right when we begin to react to them as if they are real. The truth is that everything can change instantly just like your thoughts, no matter where you are or what you are doing.
Unfortunately, you cannot escape your thoughts, no matter how much you meditate.
What you can do is change the flavor of your thoughts when you change your intentions. When you direct your intentions, different thoughts and ideas will enter your mind.
if your intention is to protect yourself from negativity, you will start to look out for negativity and be flooded with judgmental thoughts of yourself and others.
Don’t like how this makes you think and feel?
Change your intention to finding the good in yourself and others. That feels better, right?
What about work? What about that deadline? What about that thing you hate doing?
Change your intention to create something that will contribute to you, your company, and humanity. Change your intention in a way that makes every moment fulfilling and productive for you, no matter what you do.
Thoughts are a necessary tool that helps us process life and evolve. Now, you know how to use it to your advantage.