One of the things we humans do is think. Our attention swirls around in our heads. Thoughts come to us and they tend to lead to other thoughts, and to other thoughts, and to other thoughts. This "swirling around" in the confines of our minds is common. The thoughts may be "worries". They may be "judgments". They may be anything… swirling and swirling.
You can give your thoughts a little attention. Start to take a look. Do they repeat, over and over? Do they change constantly? I am willing to bet that most of your thoughts are simply re-thoughts, over and over again. If this is the case for you, maybe it is time to spend a little time getting curious about what you may be able to do to change out some of your thoughts. What would you look like with some different thoughts? What would your life be like if you wee to have an occasional new thought, or a completely original thought?
Perhaps this is the first time you have ever considered what it would be like to be able to change some of your thoughts… if so, congratulations as you are now having a new thought… see, was it easier than you might have "thought"?
Are you satisfied with your life? Are you satisfied with your thoughts? If you ate the same oatmeal every day for breakfast say, for about 30 years, would you be satisfied with your breakfast as you sat down for another bowl of oatmeal? Probably not. I mean "oatmeal again?"- Yech! Variety seems to be tied somehow to our satisfaction. If so, why would you choose to think the same thoughts over and over?
If you are up to it, why not set a goal of thinking a few new thoughts once in awhile. Start by noticing the thoughts that you are thinking, as you are thinking them. If you notice the same old thoughts over and over, just the noticing of this is likely to alter your thoughts. A couple of times each day, notice your thoughts and ask yourself a few questions:
- Have I had these thoughts before?
- Are my thoughts coming in a particular order?
- Are these thoughts pleasing to me?
- Are these thoughts funny to me?
- Are these thoughts positive or negative?
- Are these thoughts spicing up my life or something else?
- Do I want to think these thoughts again?
- Do I speak these thoughts out loud? If, to whom?
- To whom so I not dare tell these thoughts to?
When you do this little exercise, notice what comes up for you. If you really try this for awhile, I would love to hear a report from you on what you notice. I bet that you will have a few comments for me and that these may very well lead me to some new thoughts of my own.