As is the way, the first few weeks of the New Year has seen papers, magazines and social media platforms brimming with articles, ideas and tips from the latest ‘Guru’ telling us how to be healthier, slimmer and happier.
We live in interesting times when it seems that all someone has to do is make enough noise on social media and they get accepted as some kind of expert as people hang on to their every word and give them ‘likes’.
The intention may be good but the problem I can see is that so much of what we hear and see is contradictory and it can easily send people in a direction that won’t help them.
This week I saw somebody had posted up the following quote on LinkedIn…
‘If you realised how powerful your thoughts are you’d never think a negative thought again.’
If powerful means that certain thoughts can be a very intense experience, then you’d have to agree with this.
The special effects department of the mind is far more powerful than anything you could ever experience at the movies.
But never think a negative thought again?
This seems to be suggesting that we get to choose our thoughts and in doing so we would only choose ‘positive’ ones.
The truth is that the human experience, the one each of us is having, encompasses the whole palette of what it’s possible for us to experience.
We don’t even get to choose our thoughts.
As I think of my own experience over the past week or so, I can see that I have felt a whole variety of feelings… happy, low, positive, negative, enthusiastic, discouraged, forgiving, irritated… and lots more.
What so many of the ‘Gurus’ are telling us is not actually possible. Being positive all the time is not a realistic goal.
If we think it is wrong to feel negative then we’ll spend an awful lot of time trying to not be negative, which is the very activity that creates even more negative thinking!
From my own experience, the clearer I get on the fact that my mind only works one way, the quicker my mind clears.
I still get moods, but they are just part of life. If I don’t get preoccupied or bothered with them then there’s no problem.
A healthy, high-functioning mind is what nature gave us and it is only when we try to intervene that we create problems for ourselves.