We are shaped by our thoughts . . . Full Circle

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.”

– Buddha


 

We become what we think.  That is such an important concept.

Looking over my past 3 posts:

https://patticlark.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/who-was-your-teacher/

https://patticlark.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/moving-toward-authentic-self/

https://patticlark.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/moving-past-woundology-toward-authentic-self/

I see that I’ve come full circle.  We are shaped by our thoughts! To stay stuck in denial, repeating old self-defeating patterns of behavior, once we become aware of them, becomes unbearable.  So hopefully we seek new teachers and do our work to get some clarity and new healthier patterns of thought and behavior.  But then it’s so important not to stay stuck in that woundology either, because if we are shaped by our thoughts, those negative loops about our past keep us stuck in victim mentality and can become just as self-defeating.

S0 we need to pay attention to our thoughts. For if we become what we think –  (and honestly who are we to argue with Buddha!) – let’s become joyous beings, expansive and loving.

Here is a wonderful video about Dr. Masaru Emoto and his experiments with thought and water.  A physical representation of being shaped by thoughts:

 

 

Please let me know your thoughts on the Dr. Emoto video.

And as always thank you for taking the time to visit, I appreciate it.

 

 

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Our Magnificent Mind!

The mind is its own place, and in it self

Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”

~John Milton, Paradise Lost



Our minds are so magnificent!  It is estimated that we think between 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts in a day.  How extraordinary.

Recent studies have tried to explore how many of our thoughts are positive and how many are negative.  Unfortunately, most studies have found that the majority of thoughts that people think are negative, somewhere between 65% – 80%.

Thoughts are one of the few things we actually have control over in our lives. So why is it that we spend far more than half our time thinking negative thoughts?  In my experience it’s because we don’t pay attention, we go around unconscious and react and let old tapes play.

On one of my favorite websites and blogs, Mike Dooley (in Notes from the Universe) reminds us:

Thoughts are things. Choose Good Ones!

http://www.tut.com/resources/notes/

In our day to day life, we can make any heaven a hell or conversely, any hell a heaven, simply by changing our thoughts.

Remember today to Choose Good Ones!