Watch Your Thoughts!

The Miracle - - Women - By: Shab­nam Khan - Fam­ily Coun­sel­lor info: shab­nam@skcoun­selling.ca

The idea of watch­ing your thoughts might sound odd at first, but you will soon see that this is a very ac­cu­rate de­scrip­tion of a very use­ful tool. Once you get the hang of watch­ing your thoughts, it will be­come one of the most pow­er­ful tools avail­able to you. This tech­nique has been around for as long as peo­ple have been med­i­tat­ing. Watch­ing your thoughts is a small change that of­fers you the amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to stop the wheels from turn­ing ev­ery sec­ond and gain crit­i­cal per­spec­tive. The pay­off will change your life for good. Imag­ine go­ing to the theatre to watch a movie. You can be to­tally im­mersed in the movie and part of you is to­tally de­tached. The movie may not be of your in-ter­est and you are de­tached enough to know that the movie is just a movie. You are watch­ing it but your at­ten­tion is not there! When you start watch­ing your thoughts as you would a movie, this same de­tach­ment al­lows you to wit­ness the many thoughts that oc­cur in your brain, but with­out be­ing over­come by these thoughts. What you come to re­al­ize is that you have an in­fi­nite num­ber of thoughts each day, and many needs your at­ten­tion si­mul­ta­ne­ously. “It’s as if one is yelling out to you, “Pay at­ten­tion to me,” while an­other is say­ing, “No, pay at­ten­tion to me.” This re­al­iza­tion can be fright­en­ing. The good news, how­ever, is that these are only thoughts! As you watch, thought after thought en­ters your mind. You re­al­ize that you can quiet the in­ner noise they make. This is where the im­por­tance of de­tach­ment comes in. Over time and with lit­tle prac­tice, you can get to the point where you treat your own thoughts much like the movie. You can be to­tally re­spon­sive to them, yet de­tached enough to keep your bear­ings and not al­low your thoughts to drive you nuts. Ev­ery-day we must deal with hun­dreds of com­pet­ing thoughts. The small change we can make is to stop try­ing to en­gage ev­ery thought that pops into our mind and stop try-ing to fig­ure out ev­ery drama in our mind. The next time you be­come agi­tated, wor­ried or sim­ply un­able to fo­cus, step back and watch your thoughts. The re­sults will amaze you. With just this sub­tle shift, you can move from stress to un­cer­tainty & to res­o­lu­tion, calm and joy!!!

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