Have you noticed? The quality of your thoughts is directly related to the quality of your daily life.
Where your thoughts go, so does your attention. If your thoughts are rotten (self-critical, self-doubting, self-righteous, judgmental) you are likely to feel stuck, unable to connect with your own creative possibilities.
Rotten thoughts are like black holes. They consume the light. There is no opening for fresh air to get in.
When I notice myself with judgmental thoughts I stop and take a breath. I know nothing will flow for me in that moment if I continue. The noticing part is critical. Noticing, however, is not judging my “rotten” thoughts. That would only deepen the cycle.
Instead, I decide to do something different. As I notice the restriction in my thoughts, I have space to do something different. A doorway opens out of the black hole into more spaciousness.
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As my thoughts calm, my vision opens up. What felt small and hard inside me softens. I am able to see and engage with the situation with greater clarity.
My body unfolds in the places where it had been turned in on itself.
It all starts with noticing the way I am thinking.
There are so many voices inside of you that vie for attention. Parental voices that tell you whether you are doing something right or wrong. Critical voices that are aimed towards those around you or those that you direct towards yourself.
There are the “thumping your chest because you know you are right” voices.
But most importantly, there are loving voices that create a feeling of peace and inner harmony.
Get to know your true inner voice
How do you develop a sense of what your voice sounds like when it comes from the deepest experience of who you are?
Your thoughts are the first part of this creative process.
Learn to listen to that small quiet voice within you. You’ll know it when you hear it because it is loving. Get to know it as the voice of truth. Because that is, in fact, what it is. @TheBacaJourney (Click to Tweet!)
It feels completely different in your body than the voices of judgment.
You will be rewarded again and again.
Laurie Seymour is a mentor/guide, #1 best-selling author, host of the Wisdom Talk Radio podcast and founder of The Baca Journey. She helps women and men who are in the midst of great change to have a direct experience of their inner wisdom, dissolving self-doubt. Then she provides the strategies to sustain their inner connection so that they live the life they know is possible with confidence. Start now with a complimentary exploratory session (virtual tea!). Let’s explore where you’ve been and illuminate where you’re heading.
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