Listen to your inner thoughts!
What are you focusing on? How do you feel? Where is your talk taking you?
Our thoughts are powerful. They shape our experiences. They contribute to making our lives what they are. So, it makes good sense to be mindful of those inner thoughts. Here's how...
* Tune in with your inner chatter at various times each day. Notice what you're giving your attention to. Are you holding on to thoughts that are making you feel sad, uncomfortable or stressed or are your thoughts making you feel happy and expansive? Once you notice your thoughts, you can change them.
* Rather than attempt to bury or ignore any uncomfortable or challenging thoughts, simply look at what is arising and reflect on why those thoughts are there. Change what you can't accept and accept what you can't change. Release your attachment to those thoughts.
* Be aware that your ego or shadow-self will always put up a fight. Your ego wants to be right, wants to look good, wants to always come out on top, regardless of the inner and outer conflicts it can cause. Put your ego to one side. Don't react. Just 'be'.
* Watch you don't get caught up in gossip. When you focus on criticising, ridiculing or judging others, you are revealing the cracks in your own foundations. Focus on your own life.
* Practice a brief meditation in the morning and again before the day ends. It will help you become more 'present', which will enhance your ability to be mindful of your thoughts.
* Be gentle with your self. Move beyond any self-critical, self-blame or self-destructive thoughts. Focus on transformation... the thoughts that bring joy, freedom, and a positive outlook.
* Realize that only YOU give your thoughts power. It's always your choice. If you don't like how you feel, change your thoughts.
The more you become mindful of your self-talk as you go about your day, the easier life will become. You'll see that in most situations, it's your own thoughts that are stopping you from living a life of joy, abundance, and ease.
So, where are your thoughts right now? What are you focusing on?
'Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.' - Thich Nhat Hanh