This morning as I was walking my perfect little pup, Rosie, I was watching her trot along and I began noticing my train of thought. I brought my attention to the stream of thoughts that play in a loop in the background of my mind. I began noticing how many of my thoughts were based on fear. As you know, fear tends to show up in very sneaky ways - Lack, Judgement, Comparison, Self-doubt, Anger, Discontent, etc. Anyway, these seemingly innocent thoughts were circling my mind like a layer of fog, covering up my true nature which is generally thoughts of love. Love also shows up in many different ways - Ease, Connection, Peace, Growth, Inclusion, Joy... you get the idea.
It got me thinking about something I have known for years but needed reminding of today - Attention to our habitual thoughts and actions is required for our intentional growth in life. Without attention to our habits (especially habits of thought), there is no way to see what perspectives could be shifted. Without attention we drift through life believing the general world-view of disconnection, fear, scarcity and competition. Without attention we are giving away our power to a society that is ill with fear.
Attention is EVERYTHING when it comes to living to our fullest potential.
What I find when I bring attention to my thoughts is that, with a little investigation, I don't actually believe the thoughts that cause me discontent. Once I see that I am rehashing an old story from my past or taking on fear from outside sources I can then decide to replace that thought or thoughts with new thoughts that back up what I know is true. What I know is true is Love. Love for myself, love for others, and love for life itself.
It comes down to this - We are always evolving and though there is no such thing as perfection we do have the ability to evolve on purpose rather than to grow through circumstance. With attention to our lives we can evolve with intention, which empowers us, and who doesn't want that?
As soon as I got home I began writing out a few of my reoccurring thoughts of fear to dismantle them and replace them with true thoughts. Here are a few fear thoughts that may sound familiar and what I chose to replace them with:
Fear: "This circumstance should not be happening." Love: "I may not know why this is happening but I trust that this is for my greatest good. When I look back on my life I can see the perfection of all the moments that taught me valuable lessons that I wouldn't have had otherwise. I welcome the change that is coming."
Fear: "I will have to work for years to create the life that I want." Love: "My life is unfolding in perfect timing. As I use my passions to be of service to the world, I tap into the unlimited resources of the universe and my life expands."
Fear: "I'm not doing enough." Love: "I am doing the best that I can in this moment and my active role in my life is growing me everyday."
Fear: "That person needs to change." Love: "They are on their path in the same way I am. I don't know what is best for them and, in fact, I send them some love and wish them the best."
I encourage you to practice this with your own general thoughts of fear. Investigate whether the thoughts that make you feel shitty are ones that you actually believe or just tired old stories. Of course, when you take the time to replace the fearful thoughts with ones of love you should use language that is true to you so it doesn't feel forced or fake.
This action of attention to your thoughts and habits can quite literally change your life. You'll begin to notice how often you are on auto-pilot. Once you do so, you can take the driver's seat again and steer your life toward joy, growth, love, connection and all that other good feeling stuff!
I hope this is helpful for you. Let me know how attention to your life helps you!