Yesterday, Laura and Veronica did a great live video in the Meditation Exploration Facebook group they have been facilitating. At the end of the video, Veronica led a guided meditation on the theme of ‘affirmations’. It was beautiful! If you are in need of some positive words to pump. you. up. and set off a kickass day….this one is for you!
Before the meditation started, they shared some of their own experiences with meditation and Laura brought up an interesting concept: You are not your thoughts.
Ok, so what does that mean?
Your mind will use past experiences (positive or negative) to judge what is going on around you and create some sort of narrative. A lot of the time, this dialogue can be negative. Something like “I’m not [good/smart/worthy/etc.] enough.” is a common theme. These thoughts, on their own, do not have any bearing on our actual lives until we start attaching ourselves TO them.
We cannot stop our thoughts from happening but we can control how we respond to them. Be a witness to your thoughts….notice them but do not invest in them. No matter how lost you may get in thoughts of lack or worry or self-doubt, you still are who you ARE. When you can accept that and allow thoughts to pass through you rather than follow them, they will have much less power over you.
In his book, Unfu*k Yourself, writer Gary John Bishop reminds the reader “Wake up to the miracle you are,” he directs. “Here’s what you’ve forgotten: You’re a f*cking miracle of being. It isn’t other people that are standing in your way; it isn’t even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It’s yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.”
Next time your thoughts start to take over, try to be mindful to just notice them, remind yourself that YOU are not those thoughts. You are you and YOU are amazing.