Several years ago during a time of great stress, I made a discovery. Exhausted and overwhelmed by fear, I went outside in the backyard with a cup of coffee. Suddenly a divinely intelligent idea came to me…Speaking to the fear thoughts that filled my mind I said, “You guys can just go on without me. Think as much as you want, it doesn’t matter to me. But I’m not going to believe you anymore.”
Nearly immediately, I felt better.
At the time, I knew that thoughts became things, but never before had I fully understood how they became things. Thoughts become things in our experience when we believe them. We can choose to believe or not to believe the thoughts in our heads. The chatter of the ego goes on and on, but we don’t have to go with it. And when we don’t, we create a space for peace and grace in our being and in our lives.
After this experience and my continued practice, the situation that had filled me with such fear began to dissolve and in a couple of months was gone altogether.
Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, fearful or depressed? Try this little vacation. An inner vacation is the most beneficial one we can take, because wherever we go, whether on a cruise or a hiking trip, we take ourselves.
Why not take a few minutes right now….relax, breathe, and with a sense of detachment, watch the thoughts that are churning in your head and then make a decision: Decide not to hold onto any of them. Even if they seem to be true to you, let them come and go, but don’t follow them. If you find yourself “lost in thought” a few minutes later, just do it again – and again. Even if the thoughts are very frightening, at their core, they are just thoughts.
Try this for a few days – taking a little inner vacation – and see how the outer things in your life start to change for the better. Then write me and let me know!