Tales of Gratefulness - 1
How we think determines how we feel physically and emotionally, how we feel determines how our bodies move - either freely or without ease.
Freedom of thought is a precious gift that is often squandered.
Something happens, we react to that event, often with frustration or anger, and tension builds in our bodies. We feel justified in our negativity and begin to spread it by telling others about what happened from the perspective of our anger and frustration - reliving it, fueling it and passing it on to whoever we are talking to at the moment. We begin to rehearse this 'telling of the wrong done to us' until it becomes a mini script. Repeating activates memories in our body of our original reactions.
But what if - we choose do to stop this recitation?
It doesn't mean that the something didn't happen or that we didn't feel frustrated or angry in the moment. But we have the power to think, and we can choose how we think. We can step back from the event, we can exhale through the tension and frustration. We can notice that we want to feel angry, we want to vent, and we can choose not to do this. We can just see what happens when we make the choices not to vent and to let the frustration go.
We can always return to the negative script at any time.
It's a series of experiments.
- Ask: What happens if... I walk away from this tension? See how your body feels, see what your mind wants to do when you give it an open path into the unknown instead of following the well-worn road of counting wrongs.
- Ask: What happens if... I turn around and pick up my habit of complaining and ranting? See how your body feels when you move back into this familiar mental and verbal pattern.
Listen to your body.
It will tell you whether you thoughts are leading you in a direction of ease or dis-ease.
I am grateful to all my teachers who have helped me realize that I can choose which road I will travel.