Thought is the conduit for great ideas, but it also delivers sadness, pain and worry… it is the mailman of reality, if you will. So when is thought good for us and when does it handicap us?
Right, have a think about this now. When was the last time that you smiled and laughed. I mean really laughed ‘till it almost hurt. Can you remember (I hope you can remember at least once!)? When you really think about this, how do you feel right now? Does it feel good? I’m pretty sure it does, especially if you were envisaging it properly. Because thoughts come with feelings attached as standard. It’s pretty difficult (ney impossible) not to have a feeling come with a thought.
So when those feelings are painful, what is that ‘doing’ for us? For most of us, we get the feeling and we don’t like it, so we try and change it. Or… we go deeper into thought, to ‘think our way out of it’. If you’re like me, this one’s a personal favourite. And what do we get? More bad thoughts and more bad feeling.
Now what if I told you that there was a natural remedy to this thought-feeling conundrum. What if the human body was already set up to be able to deal with it. What if…. and this might be hard to grasp… the feelings we are getting are actually a warning light for us to take heed… and do nothing!
OK, back to the fun. Are you still laughing like you were when I asked you to remember? Of course not. And are you still angry at the last person you were angry with? No. We naturally default to calm… IF… we do not get involved in the process. This is the body’s way of dealing with it’s own ‘red light warning system’.
So actually, thought is ALWAYS serving us. It is telling us what we should be doing, if we only pay attention to the feelings attached. Good feelings, proceed…. bad feelings…. do nothing (unless it’s get out of the way of a truck!). It’s only when we misread these feelings, that the problems occur and we can get handicapped by thought. When we misread our own self created feelings (thoughts) and we take things personally. That’s when we start to react and do stupid things (sound familiar?).
I guess that’s where the expression “I wasn’t thinking clearly” comes from. It’s the clear thinking that does the heavy lifting for us, and the cloudy thinking (when we should be downing tools) that gets us into trouble. It’s only up to you to spot the difference…
Just a thought.
Damian Mark Smyth