Transformation: Not All Thinking is Created Equal

Even though Joy and Genius are intrinsic to us, they can seem outside our reach or sometimes non-existent. One of the biggest reasons: preoccupation with our thinking and what we’re thinking.

As human beings we have thinking as a distinction from other animals. Most of us clearly understand that our thinking sets us apart.  And yet, few of us seem to understand that we have the ability to “think” in two radically different ways.

Most of our thinking is repetitive, regurgitated and anxiety-provoking.  Did I lock the house?  Why can’t I seem to I get to work on time?  I’ve got to lose some of this weight.  What did he mean when he said . . . ?  I don’t ever seem to be able to keep track of the money in the account.  I don’t want to deal with my mother.  I’m sick of . . .  When will I get a handle on . . . ?  Why can’t I . . . ?  How am I doing? There I go again, me with my big mouth.  I hate . . .  I wish she would . . .  Isn’t it ever going to be my turn? 

Regurgitated thought.

And then, we have these wonderful, perhaps far too rare, moments of quiet mind.  Without the clutter of regurgitated thinking, we suddenly have a brilliant idea. Maybe while taking a shower, hiking through the woods, watching the ocean or playing with the kids or grandkids.  Handed to us as a treasured gem on a sparkling silver platter, straight from the Divine.  Often eliciting excitement and peace at the same time.

Inspired thought.

Lest you start to notice regurgitated thinking and start judging yourself for it, simply notice that the judgment is also regurgitated thinking. And smile.  Ah, to be human.

Some of my recent thoughts!
Some of my recent thoughts!

Awareness shifts everything.  Simply allow yourself to notice your thinking. What if you didn’t consider thoughts as your identity?  What if you were to consider thoughts like clouds, just passing through and always changing?  What if you didn’t take them seriously unless they inspired you?

To living our Joy and our Genius . . .

Feel free to post your comments, insights, experiences below.

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Ann Strong, founder of Strong from Within and Thriving Coaches.

Author of Thriving Work.


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