Inspirational Quote Of The Day:
We often see what we believe we will see. Consequently, if we don’t explore our beliefs, we will continue to see things the same way, make the same judgments, and give rise to the same negative self-talk – From the book “Talk To Yourself Like A Buddhist”
Really consider the above quote for a second. What you see, experience, and even hear and feel depends on your beliefs. That is pretty powerful stuff! If that is the truth, then would it not be hard to come to the conclusion that we all should examine our beliefs very closely?
Beliefs are simply put, repeated thoughts that we think until they become automatic. They are often not based on what we chose for ourselves, but at times based on a mixture of upbringing, programming, and life experiences. But, because they are so important for our peace of mind (or the lack thereof), as well as for manifesting the life that you desire, it is essential to put them under your control, and use them to your advantage.
How do you do that?
Thankfully mindfulness is a great tool to utilize, to become present enough to recognize these thought patterns (and sometimes automatic action patterns that we partake in, like overeating) and then gently and compassionately address them, which will eventually bring us to be able to transform them into more empowering thought patterns and beliefs.
This process is also enforced when we use mindfulness to become aware of the small present moment beauties that are constantly around us if we only mentally pause to listen. As you can see, I said mentally pause – mindfulness can be practiced during your regular daily activities and is, therefore, a tool that can be used without separation from what is, but as a part of what is going on, at all times.
Changing a pattern of thinking – a belief – does not happen overnight, but with a consistent practice of mindfulness, that brings a break from the thought patterns, as well as awareness, it is possible and long-lasting.
Will you give it a try?