Pause for a moment, bring your attention to your breath. Now try to recall, the number of thoughts you’ve had since the day started until now.
Now, try to recall just 5 of those thoughts. Chances are, most of us would recall the thoughts that dictated immediate action, for instance – What color to wear to work today; what time we are picking up the laundry; did I miss out anything in the preparation for my meeting in the afternoon; etc.
Experts have discovered that on average, a person register a whopping 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. I find it difficult to imagine that so many thoughts could actually pass through the mind just in a single day. If we take the average of 60,000 thoughts per person per day, that works out to roughly 40 thoughts per minute.
I definitely don’t recall close to even 10% of that number at the end of every day; so either I have amnesia (which is quite likely!) or I had done a great job of clearing my mind with meditation.
So anyway, 40 thoughts per minute is no joke. We all already know that our thoughts create our reality. Every thought you have carries with it an electrical charge. And this thing which we call our life, is like a consolidated balance sheet of the 60,000 daily thoughts that raced through our mind over an entire day. Most of us think the same 60,000 thoughts day after day.
Each time a thought arise, an order is sent to the Universe. Imagine you are sitting in a restaurant called ‘Your Life’, and your thoughts are food orders you sent to the Universal kitchen, wouldn’t you be curious about what you are ordering?
Besides thoughts that initiate action for our daily BAU (business as usual) like those we discussed above (let’s be generous and assume they take up 50% of everything), we also have thoughts induced by external environment, and thoughts which are auto generated by underlying belief systems.
Let’s look at thoughts planted by the external environment. The first things people most commonly do in the morning are to read the newspapers. Then while commuting to work, we listen to the radio, we are exposed to infomercials either on air, or advertisement signboards on the road, or in a train. Given the fact that most news are not very good news, and almost every product and service sold out there are based on a premise that we are not good enough unless we use that product, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out the nature of the thoughts generated by advertisements stimuli are mostly negative.
Or we listen to songs on the radio, some of us including myself loves to sing Karaoke. Many popular love songs today, although they carry beautiful melodies, acutally contain sad, frustrating and heart broken lyrics. Nothing wrong with enjoying or dancing to your favourite love ballads; just make sure they don’t stick to your mind after that! Or don’t be surprised that your love life ends up exactly like the lyrics of the songs that you sing most often.
Then there are the people in our lives, maybe family, or friends, or colleagues that we have to interact with. Some of them love us, well at least to their best effort. Whenever there is interaction with people, there is a fusion of thought bodies, we inherit thoughts from those whom we spend a lot of time with.
This is probably the number one reason why the most successful people on the planet advises that we want to select carefully the people we hang out with if we wish to create a certain outcome with our life. Seek out the company of people who uplifts you, who have healthy self esteem, and who wants the best for you geniunely.
So let’s take another 50% of the remaining 20 thoughts per minute and attribute them to reactionary and inherited thoughts to stimuli from the external environment. We are now left with 10 thoughts per minute. This is a modest number to account for thoughts arising from our fundamental belief systems.
What are these belief systems? These are mainly subconscious programming, usually ingrained in us while we were still kids. Becasue they are so deep, we aren’t even aware that they are there in the first place.
If we are fortunate enough, perhaps in this life we had a chance to experience Yoga and Meditation. The more we practice, the more we begin to become aware that we have a consciousness separate from our thoughts. We realize that the source of thought and the thoughts themselves are separate. Which means – we are NOT the same as our thoughts.
We start to be able to tell when supportive thoughts arise, and when the not-so-supportive thoughts arise. Initially our points of awareness were fragmented, and eventually we build up a strong enough practice to sustain that awareness over longer time horizons.
That began our journey of self realization. We start to gain clarity on how we literally created our life and every experience with the sum total of the thoughts we have had about ourselves and others and the Universe. (By the way, not believing that there is a Universe is a belief by itself that generates a bunch of thoughts of a particular nature. So literally, every thought is a branch of a underlying belief system.)
Now if you are still reading, I wonder if you are curious like me. Have you ever wondered what would happen if we actually intentionally put in thoughts that could shift and reshape our experience of reality?
I mean, after all we are already by default creating reality with the 60,000 thoughts. The first step which we had done was to become aware of them. But that’s not enough because we are still creating and recreating reality with the same thoughts.
The next step in self realization is to replace them with radically new thoughts of an entirely opposite nature.
Regardless of gender, race, nationality and age, the most common negative thoughts that we have are:
‘I am not good enough’
‘I am not rich, intelligent, pretty, handsome, lucky enough’
‘I don’t deserve the good in life’
‘I am unloveable’
Whether we like it or not, these negative thoughts are like affirmations that affirmed the negative circumstances in our life. The good news is, since they worked so well, then positive thought affirmations would also work as well too.
Some of my personal favorites are:
“I am good enough”
“I am open and receptive to all good in life”
“No matter what happens, I love and approve of myself”
“I inhale love and peace, exhale harmony and joy”
Just simple as that – you can start to shift your sense of reality and begin to live a set of totally different outcomes. Even if you cannot make it to Yoga class, or practice with us, you can at least manage 15 minutes of affirmations on your own.
Just 15 minutes a day and you could have a totally new life. You owe it to yourself to live your most vibrant and amazing life.
To your awesome and successful life.
(C) Linda Loo