Think of for one moment the funniest moment you can recall. For me it was a moment when my father, my uncle and I all put in fake bubba teeth and my uncle Matt made the funniest face I have ever seen in my life…I’m laughing out loud as I write this but do you realize that both of those very important people in my life are no longer with us? Such an unpleasant reality for me but yet I can create a thought that makes me just fall over laughing. Do you have a moment that you recall that was just so funny or pleasant? Maybe it’s when a child was born or a marriage proposal or a pleasant walk on the beach with a loved one. In as quick as you can conjure up that thought, you can change your feelings. And you can stay there with that thought and expand it or you can cut it off and move on. This is because we feed our own thoughts and if they grow to be big and mean or kind and gentle or outrageously successful, it is from what we’ve been feeding them.
It has been said that worrying is using your imagination to create things you don’t want and my good friend Joyce Rennolds is always teaching us that where thought goes, energy flows (whether we like the result or not). Although we may feel like we have no control over our thoughts from moment to moment, the fact is, we really do. We choose our thoughts. We then choose our words (some of us more carefully then others) from the thoughts we have. Then, these things create our reality.
So the way I’ve come to look at it is that we are actually feeding our thoughts. We can give attention to a not so pleasant thought in and in a matter of minutes we can be having an anxiety attack or we can give our attention to a pleasant or funny memory that we have and instantly have a smile on our face, just like the pleasant memory you just remembered.
When it comes to bringing about our perfect health and weight, one thing I can tell you for sure is that stress is the leading cause of anything that ails you, be it your weight, your physical, mental or emotional health. You can take that to the bank. Eliminate the stress and it will be all downhill from there. Keep recreating the stress and you are engaged in an uphill battle that will run you ragged. The stress many times just comes from the thoughts we choose to feed and how much we feed them.
So, if you don’t want that stray cat of stress (or that bag of doritos) coming round your back porch anymore…stop feeding it.
Choose a better thought to feed and have an awesome day!