As the season is changing is your thinking changing?

Are you aware that you have around 50,000 to 60,000 thoughts a day?  That is a lot of thoughts.  Upon close examination most, probably 90%, of those tens of thousands of thoughts are the same ones you had yesterday.

Every Moment Is New

A truth that is often overlooked, because we continually repeat our thoughts, is that every single moment is new.  Everything is in a constant state of change, and nothing remains forever.  On a subatomic level, everything is moving, and the protons and electrons of atoms fluctuate in and out of existence continuously.  For the most part we don’t like change, but in reality, that is the only constant.

Those Who Do Not Move, Do Not Notice Their Chains

Much of our time were thinking without knowing we are thinking.  Or in other words, we are usually trapped in repetitive thinking and behavior patterns without realizing it.  Time, at least the perception of time is linear.  The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.  The seasons change, our bodies change, but most of the time our thoughts do not.  The constant repetitive thoughts are an aspect of the ever-present survival part of our brain, which is continually seeking threats.  The survival part of your brain invokes the repetitive thoughts because they seem to be working.  You are not dead.  At least from the neck down.  From the neck up you may be dead or more like a zombie due to the repetitive unaware thoughts.

“Let Go or Be Dragged”

This is a saying I repeat to myself all day every day.  The nature of the mind is that it likes to cling.  It clings to the past, and it clings to the future.  It takes some work to break this natural tendency, but it can be done.  “How do I get to the present moment?  Practice, practice, practice.” By using mindfulness methods, you begin to notice the constant flow of thoughts.  Once you regularly see the continuing stream of mental objects, you realize I don’t have much control over that machine, if any.  What you do have control over is the choices you make regarding the direction of the stream.  The direction can be adjusted.  By using the power of habit and ritual, you can train yourself to do this.  It is not to say that they will stop, but you can slow them down some and get them to follow your commands.  It is like a team of horses running wild in every direction.  Your may not get them to stop running, but you can get them to move in formation.  Start Now!

Thank you for reading.  I hope you find this helpful and useful.  If you do, please share it with your friends and colleagues.

Until Next Week,

Rich Decker
Mindful Accord