The Power of the Mind: Don’t Always Believe What You Think!
These days, it’s almost impossible to quiet the mind. It is so rare that we have a moment of true peace in this crazy world of ours. In fact, the average person thinks upwards of 70,000 thoughts a day. Now what do you think about that? With 70,000 things to think in a day, your mind will race between thoughts as simple as did I remember to flip the lights off to something complex and weighted with emotion like do I really love him. And that’s before our minds even spiral into destructive thoughts like will I ever be good enough.
Many of us gather these thoughts together to build our idea of ourselves. What we think makes up who we are, or at least, so we think. In reality, we are not just our thoughts, and these thoughts are often incorrect or misleading. When we indulge our minds, believing everything that we think, we often make poor decisions or enter into a cycle of self-doubt and sadness, but that doesn’t have to be the case!
Descartes may have said, “I think, therefore I am,” but now we know better and understand the power of positive thinking and controlling our thoughts for a healthy, happy mind. Now, we can learn how to say, “I am, therefore I think.”
Here we’ve got our best tips to help you sweep away all that mental clutter and engage in positive, productive thinking.
- #1. Make time for meditation. We know it sounds like hippy-dippy mumbo-jumbo, but hear us out. Meditation is an important tool employed by everyone from monks to CEOs to celebrated artists. Engaging in active meditation for just 15 minutes a day can help you achieve greater creativity and success in your life. Once meditation becomes a habit, you’d just as soon skip meditation before leaving your house than brushing your teeth. A regular mindful meditation practice will ensure that other aspects of your life, whether career or love or otherwise, fall into place.
- #2. Take a step back and observe. It kind of seems like a crazy idea to step away from your own thoughts and observe them as an outsider would, but it is actually incredibly beneficial. Don’t react immediately to your thoughts good or bad. Instead, take a look at them and investigate them. “How interesting that I think that.” This way, you can watch as good and bad thoughts mingle, ebb and flow and not hold too much store in one thought or another.
- #3. Protect your mind, protect your soul. It’s easy to listen to what others have to say. We often even solicit advice from friends and family on just about everything. Though sometimes it’s nice to have another’s opinion, negative opinions and misinformation can be incredibly destructive. Protect your mind and care for it. You know what’s best for you.
- #4. Ponder your purpose and set out a path. Though some of us may feel lost and floundering, we all have at least something we want to be or achieve in life. Keep this goal in mind and direct your focus toward this path. Write it down! When you feel as if you’re going off course, touch base with the narrative you wanted to live. Don’t worry, as with a story, the narrative can always shift.
- #5. Elevate your Higher Self over your Ego. Most of our lives are ruled by Ego, who pushes the ideas of survival and fear. Trust us, we know it’s hard to ignore. Your Higher Self, however, encourages you with creativity, intuition and wisdom, but it is often much quieter, lurking in the background waiting for an opportunity to flourish. Identify your Higher Self and listen closely to it, and this will nudge your Ego to the background. This will ensure you have a healthier, happier headspace.