What Was I Thinking?

published by Dr. Marcantel on March 28th, 2014 Print this page No Comments

by Dr. Tina Marcantel

 

By becoming more aware of your thoughts, you can choose to identify with those that serve you best. Dr. Tina Marcantel is a naturopathic doctor practicing in Gilbert, Arizona, and serving the East Valley cities of Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, and the greater Phoenix area.

We all have thoughts constantly going through our minds. Some of those thoughts serve us well, but there are others that we need to let go of. The thoughts that we identify with form the basis of our belief system, and our belief system governs our behavior patterns.

What Was I Thinking? by Dr. Tina MarcantelAs an example, I might be going through my day and everything is going fine. Then I interact with a person who is unhappy about something and they make a negative comment about me. The thought might come into my head, “That person thinks I’m not good enough.” If I hold that thought long enough in my head and actually become identified with it, I’ll soon start to believe that’s who I really am—an inadequate person. Once that thought becomes part of my belief system, that will become part of my behavior pattern and I may find myself constantly trying to prove to the world (and myself) that I really am good enough.

So how can we learn to recognize and let go of those thoughts that don’t serve us?

First, become aware of your thoughts. Take a few moments to observe the ideas going through your mind—particularly those that tend to have a strong emotional charge connected with them.

Second, accept that having these thoughts is part of human nature. Thoughts of anger, sadness, resentment, guilt and other “negative” ideas are going to come. Allow these thoughts to pass through without judging yourself for having them and without choosing to identify with them as part of your true self.

Third, choose to identify only with those thoughts that are for your highest good. Remember that our divine nature is our predominate, natural state. Identify with thoughts that reflect peace and love and promote a sense of well being in you that then flows naturally out to the world.

Finally, breathe out those thoughts that don’t serve you. Use the tool of breathing meditation: take a few quiet moments to be consciously aware of the cycles of inhalation and exhalation. As you breathe out, imagine that you are releasing from your mind and body those troublesome thoughts and that you are breathing in thoughts of peace and love.

The more you practice being aware of your thoughts, the easier it will become to distinguish those thoughts that are for your highest good and let the others go!

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