What would bloom in your garden today?
If we think of our thoughts as seeds and our feelings around those thoughts as fertilizer, what would bloom in your life today?
I have this personal theory that everything shows up about three days later. I think that the thoughts we think begin to show up in our world as experiences in about three days. I have no scientific evidence backing this up, but it does allow for some personal leeway and accountability.
If I catch my thoughts spiralling in a direction of doom, worry or anxiety (which has been their historical behavior) I can begin to mollify their impact by realizing I have time before they show up in my world as things. I can slow down their momentum and begin to reverse them.
When you are in the same position and you are not liking where your thought machine is going take a deep breath and remind yourself that you are the one in charge. Then do the following:
Ask yourself – “What will my next thought be?”
(Thank you Mr Eckhart Tolle – I got that from the Power of Now) - The space that comes from that question is quite profound. It is a way to stop your thought momentum in its tracks.
Then ask yourself, "How do I want to feel right now?"
If your answer is, "I want to feel relief (or joy or freedom or happy)", make of list of three things that bring you to those feeling states. Just three. Be specific so you can go into the feeling of a memory you can call on to soothe you. You are neutralizing the anxiety and redirecting your energy to align with something that feels better. Essentially, you are pulling your energy plug out of the circuit of pain and into the circuit of peace.
For me I could easily write:
- Creating the painting titled "Cocoon"
- Making that ridiculous and silly movie with my 10-year-old last Friday
- Volunteering in Ecuador with Amigos de las Americas
Sometimes we believe that worrying is helping the problem. It is a last-ditch effort to solve something without actually having the means to do so. I am pretty sure there is not one documented case of worrying something better. All it does is magnify the challenge and cause you to feel awful.
Having these three items on a piece of paper in front of me shifts my focus. These are great moments. I want more of these.
I start cultivating thoughts I prefer. I plant seeds I want to grow.
So knowing this, and it is springtime, let’s all begin to cultivate thoughts for what we do what to bloom into what we desire.
What would be blooming for you today? What do you want to bloom for you in three days?
What seeds are you planting in the garden of your mind? Let’s make them beautiful flowers. You deserve nothing less.