Monday, March 3, 2014

Here's a Thought...

There are sources that claim we think 50 thoughts in a minute. I don't know about you but that number seems high, so for the sake of this argument and assuming we've been doing our zen meditation work, let's drop that figure to a more conservative ten thoughts a minute. Even at ten thoughts a minute that still puts us at a whopping 600 thoughts in a hour. Six hundred thoughts an hour! How many of those thoughts are positive or negative? Logical or illogical? True or false? And, perhaps most importantly, how will we ever know?
In the past I've attempted to be happier by controlling my thoughts only to discover it's as difficult as rowing a boat upstream. In a raging river. Without a paddle. Simply exhausting. That being said, I've found by simply accepting a thought as is, it tends to create a more natural, in-the-flow perspective that ultimately brings peace of mind. In the event a persistent thought causes discomfort say, "I am thinking the thought" followed the the subject or theme of the thought. In doing so, you will find the thought becomes less personal, and the power the thought has over the moment diminishes. Give it a try and let me know what you think (pun intended).