Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Saturday, November 18, 2017

That Time of Year!

It’s that wonderful time of the year to become conscious of how much we have to be thankful for.  Thanksgiving is a holiday that everyone can fathom and celebrate.  To give thanks costs nothing and the rewards are dis-proportional.

Thank you.   Two words fraught with meaning.  To say or think “thank you” is to give conscious attention to someone/something that has improved your moment.  How do you feel when someone says to you “thank you!”  How do you feel when you say to someone “thank you!”    It feels good.  And, isn’t feeling good what it’s all about?

Do  you want to feel good?  There are only two answers:  Yes and No.  How do you answer that question?  “Well, George, of course I want to feel good.  But…”  Nope.  Can’t do that.  No buts.  Either you want to feel good or you don’t.  The “but” means that you can only feel good when/if some person or condition permits.  “How can I feel good when so many people are unhappy?”  Or sick, or oppressed, or _____________.   Is there a lingering condition in the back of your mind that you must/should “feel their pain?”  The twisted logic is that by sharing the misery of others you somehow (magically) reduce their suffering.  If that’s true, then contract a terrible disease at once, so someone who is diseased will be healed.  (It doesn’t work that way.)

It’s more likely you can contribute to the well-being of others by being happy.  Like any emotion (or attitude) happy radiates and can be sensed.  You know this – how often has someone with case of the red-ass entered the room and you knew all about it?  And, the opposite.  But, back to Thanksgiving.

Many folk routinely give thanks for their food before they eat.  An interesting study would be a measure of gastro-intestinal disorders between those who appreciate their food and those who can’t/don’t/won’t.

Appreciation and gratitude are “thank yous.”   It takes little effort to appreciate your moment.  The smell of coffee, or popcorn, or flowers.  Someone’s smile.  Music.  Fresh air.  Your car.  Your plants.  There are many things in your moment that serve you well and can be consciously appreciated.  Consciously means thought energy reinforcing the pleasing thing/condition.  The Law of Attraction ensures that as you give your attention (thought) to something, you bring more of it into your experience.

Thank you by thank you, gratitude by gratitude, appreciation by appreciation, the world is transforming.  It is said that the preponderance of grateful/appreciative thinking now outweighs the negative/fearful.  Like compound interest, the better it gets, the better it gets.  And you’re a part of that.  Thanksgiving is a good time for a reminder.

Thank you.

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