When you put your observer hat on, what do you notice about your thoughts? Do you have a pattern with some of them? Do they hold you back?
Remember, our thoughts don’t have meaning until we give them meaning. What kind of meaning do you give your thoughts?
There’s this idea that meditation can stop thoughts. If you’ve practiced meditation, you will know that that is not true. It’s impossible to stop thoughts. What meditation does is it allows us to make space between our thoughts and the meaning we give them.
Play in the space
Without that space, our thoughts can control us. Negative thoughts especially can result in low self-esteem, a lack of confidence, and can lead us to taking unhealthy action for ourselves and others.
There is this great quote from Mahatma Gandhi:
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Action starts as a thought. If you are having thoughts that are holding you back, where is there space for you to have thoughts that free you?
This week I invite you to play in the space. This can be as simple as taking a few breaths when you notice a thought that holds you back. Or it can be a meditation practice where the space is longer. Try whichever works for you and your life. See what happens.