The Huffington Post claims that we have anywhere from 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. Years back, this number was about 20,000 thoughts per day. Either way, that’s a lot of thoughts! Most thoughts come in the form of questions,
~“How do I feel about that?”
~“Why doesn’t anyone pick up after themselves?”
~“Do I look fat?”
~“Did anyone just notice that I did that?”
Most of these thoughts can fall just below the radar of noticing them; a mind chatter, or as some lovingly refer to it as the “committee in my head”.
After the birth of my 4th child, I had postpartum depression that went on and on for years. Medications took the edge off at times, yet I constantly felt that pervasive “LOW” feeling, all of the time. I decided to take a closer look at my thought life and just observed what I was saying to myself.
Well….. they weren’t pretty. It was a constant stream of critique, discontent, tiredness, irritation, coupled with low self worth. Where did that free spirited, positive thinking, independent high school girl go? Who knows.
What I do know is I was hypnotizing myself with my mind chatter. I decided it was time to take better control of my thinking, as best as I could. I began to implant new thoughts ~Gratitude, Peace, Love. I decided if my mind was chattering with negativity, I would make it chatter with positivity. It was an action I could take to steer my thoughts back on the road, instead of going on pointless detours, bringing me further away from fulfillment as a person. It wasn’t easy, it was work, uphill, against the wind, in the rain work. Yet it worked.
Today, I watch what I hypnotize myself with. If I’m driving, and I don’t remember going from Point A to Point B, because I’m lost in my thoughts. I’m hypnotized. If it is with feelings of gratitude, joy, peace and love, well that’s lovely. Yet, I’ve found more often, that I need to work at cultivating those feelings by action. Most of my automatic thoughts don’t serve me well. Positive feelings don’t come as easily as judgement, irritation, overwhelm, strife & ____________(you name it!).
Today, take notice of what you are hypnotizing yourself with. If it serves you, great! If it’s a disservice to yourself, as a person and the world in general, you can choose to weed that thought by planting a better one instead.
Make it a GREAT day!!!!