Learning to think in a way that supports your happiness & wellbeing
33 Ways for 33 Days #7
Interrupt the process for freedom
Take charge of your life by taking charge of your thinking
What does it do – This short-circuits the process which is causing you to feel less than, anxious, angry, sad, and so on. By interrupting the process of your thinking, you are directly influencing your emotional state or how you feel. This is the key to everything you want to be, do and have. Remember, the universal principle says what you attract into your life (the people, events, experiences) is a direct reflection of what you are thinking about with any consistency and feeling with intensity.
What is it – This is a technique for adjusting your cognitive processing. That is, it is designed to break the momentum in your “type” of thinking and the “type” of thoughts you think. It is all too easy for most people to become engaged in the obsessive, obitual, repeat-pattern type of thinking. If allowed to run free, this type of thinking can get to a point where it appears to be controlling you rather than you controlling your thinking. The truth is that your thinking (and your feelings) never control you. It is always that you allow your thoughts and or your feelings to gain momentum, and subsequently, control your state of being. It feels as if they are controlling you.
Similarly, most people find it all too easy to become caught up in the momentum of their emotional state – their feelings. Instead of recognising feelings as an indicator or a message from their heart, most people have a habit of judging feelings as either “good” or “bad”. Feelings or emotions are indicators of what you are believing about you, living in this world. You then have a choice to continue believing or thinking these same thoughts, or an option to consider replacing them.
This process assists you to think thoughts and consequently feel feelings that are more to your liking. It is in effect, the process of making a choice, and another choice, and another choice, and another and another, until you are on the path you want to be following.
How does it work – It works by placing the power back into your hands. What often happens when you become caught up in thinking about a subject is you are lured and then entangled. This is the role of your ego to continually bring you around to believing and behaving in such a way that demonstrates you are “less than”, not good enough. You become so caught up in the drama, the emotional domination, the fear of some future event or the tension of a past event, you give away your power to choose. In this situation, your heart sends a message to let you know that what you are thinking is in opposition to what your Inner Being believes about you.
By interrupting the process, you make a choice to push the reset button. In any moment you have the power to push the reset button and reinvent yourself. Sometimes all you need is for someone to offer you a nice alternative to your current pain to snap you out of the ever-decreasing circle. Working out how to provide yourself with this alternative will provide an opportunity to stop and reset. This is the key.
How can I do this – Set up a reminder which has you stop at different times throughout your day. Become aware of your thoughts at any moment throughout the day. Ask yourself if these thoughts are serving your greater good or otherwise, then make a choice. Practice, play, practice and play until you notice a difference in your everyday responses.
Remind yourself you are on a training program here. This is you retraining your physical, mental, emotional and energetic aspects through conscious living – through mindfulness and choice.
Know you have the power, the resources and the capacity to make this interruption. Just because you haven’t been doing this or you feel a lack of confidence doesn’t mean you ‘can’t’. Take one small step at a time as you strengthen your neural pathways for a new way of experiencing the world. Thirty seconds to a minute practising something like M.A.G.I.C.™ will create new neural pathways and provide you with renewed positive experiences.
What can I expect – There may be some doubt in your mind as to whether you are actually making any progress with this ‘way’. Remind yourself that there is always some momentum involved when you have been practising a particular thinking pattern for some time. In other words, if you have been thinking and feeling a particular way for some years, then it is going to take a little focus before the momentum of that thinking dissolves. Like riding a bike if you stop too suddenly you are likely to hurt yourself. Be gentle with yourself and be patient. This is compassion – self-love.
Becoming conscious that you are thinking about what you have been thinking about, and recognising some small difference in the way you are responding to an issue is the indicator that you are on your way. The momentum will dissipate soon enough.
After you have interrupted the process a few times it will become a part of your toolkit. Like any practice, you will need to retrain your brain reminding yourself of the end goal.
Hints and tips – Know that the process you are currently engaging, the compulsive uncomfortable thinking is what you are wanting to interrupt. This is a thinking process that you trained yourself to use, and you can train yourself to use another thinking process.
Practice, play and practice-play some more is an invitation. This is not a “Have-to!” “I Must!” thing. This is an invitation to play and reinvent yourself.