Studies on brain functions, brain longevity, and memory formation affirm that we have between 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day.
It tires me to even think about that!
Here’s the good news though! Or bad news….
We have the same thoughts over and over again. Meaning most of those thoughts are the same of the day before. Probably more than 90% of those thoughts are the same of the day before and the day before yesterday, and so on.
But if it is true that we are what we think, that means we keep repeating the same patterns in our actions as in our thoughts, correct?
The same way of thinking leads us to the usual set of options or choices, our response is always the same kind of response. That leads us to the same behavior which leads us to the same experience, which leads us to the same emotions and… the circle starts over again because the emotion “programs” our thoughts and vice versa.
Now… how do we apply this knowledge?
If I am unhappy and I want to change something, shouldn’t I change those thoughts that are birthing my behavior, my experience and my emotions?
All we need to understand is that we need to change our thoughts, but which one? Which thought do we need to “fire”?
We need to fire the thoughts that are preventing us from following our heart and our dreams. We need to eliminate the thoughts which come from a doubting mind, from the left brain, or the thoughts that accompany the voice that whispers and discourages you and says:
“Who the heck do you think you are?”
“You’ll never make it.”
“Yeah, sure… stop daydreaming… come back to reality”
“You will never accomplish that.”
“You will never get there”
Those are the thoughts you must fire, and then re-program your brain by saying and affirming what you want to be.
Now, at this point most people wonder: “HOW do I fire my thoughts? How do I tell those voices to go on vacation?”
The answer is silence, meditation, getting beyond our analytical mind and erasing what is around us. In the awake state, we are focused on what is around us, with all our senses we are focused on the external environment, while when we are relaxed and we close our eyes, the brain does not have to process so much data, so our focus is on the inner world even if we are not yet totally isolated from the external world. If we then focus on our breathing in and breathing out THAT is our reality and THAT is the right moment when changes take place.
The 3 steps of meditation are:
- Seeking the sensation of the breath.
- Finding the sensation of breath.
- Holding the sensation of breath.
For those that need to know the more scientific aspect of the benefits of changing our thoughts and the what, why and how, I suggest reading the books of Dr. Joe Dispenza.
For those who already experienced the benefits of meditation I wish wonderful moments of silence. My greatest desire is to inspire you to use this information to improve your life!
Antonella Lo Re