by Pete Koerner –
Think about your breathing for a minute. Before you were thinking about it, you were thinking about something else; but you were still breathing. You were breathing “unconsciously,” just like you do in your sleep. Now, you are conscious of your breathing; you know you are breathing, but it is still happening automatically. You aren’t really controlling your breathing now any more than when you were not conscious of it a moment ago. But you can take control of it – for a time, anyway. And, if you want to be a swimmer, a martial artist, or a singer, then you’ll have to learn an even greater level of breathing control than the average person.
Take a minute and try this:
As with your breathing, your mental processes are continuous – you are either conscious or unconscious of them. Now, you are aware of your thinking; and you may even be thinking about thinking. But you aren’t consciously focusing your thoughts on one specific outcome that you truly want to happen. To become consciously aware of your thoughts, and direct them with your own attention and focus, is to be in conscious control of your thought processes. Everyone thinks, just as everyone breathes; but not everyone practices breathing exercises – and not everyone practices clear, effective thought.
You may think this doesn’t matter; but the fact is nothing could matter more to any of us. Our thoughts are creative – whether we choose to guide them or not. If we do not take responsibility for what we allow our thoughts to become, or guide us to do, then we are creating by default; or worse, we are following the desires and agendas of others – those who tell us what to think rather than teach us HOW to think. Think about it. Do you do what you do during the day because you want to, or because you have to? Whose ideas are you executing with your time and energy? Who taught you what was important to you?
IMPORTANCE OF THOUGHT
Our thoughts guide us to our destiny and shape our experience; but we shape and guide our thoughts. Are you using the most effective modes of thought to communicate your fondest wishes? Are your thoughts producing happiness and guiding you toward fulfillment? If not, consider the odds that all the great religious teachers are liars and conspirators, and then weigh them against the odds that you were never really taught a lot about the mind and the various modes of thought and thinking.
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