The leaves are almost all gone in Virginia. In the States, we all know Thanksgiving is coming. It is a season of appreciation and gratitude. Gratitude for a great summer, a fun fall, for being alive and being able to love. There is so much we have to give thanks for.
This is an especially good time of year to take control of how we live and how we think. I know many people who feel that their lives are not the way they wish them to be. But many people also realize they can do more about the quality of their lives. We can! But how do we do this?
How we think greatly affects our lives. Many of us work a minimum of forty hours a week. After work we are just too used up or too tired out to do much else than eat, hang out with family or friends, and sleep. We worry about our families’ health, the state of world events, paying our bills and tons of other things. For me, I have found that small changes can greatly enhance all that. It starts with how I think.
When I grew up, no one taught me that I could control how I think. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t have control of my thoughts all the time, and it is not always easy to do. However, I have seen, without a doubt, that when I do control how I think, and what I focus on, things change. Things really do get better. But, if I focus on not having enough – not enough money, time, energy, health, love, or something else – there seems to become less of it.
There are ways to begin controlling what we focus on. I use a very simple one. When I find myself focusing on not having enough, I paint a big red “X” over that thought in my imagination. Then I ask myself how would I like things to be instead. And I imagine in detail, a picture of what my life would be like if I had what I wanted. I fill that imaginary picture in with as much detail as I can. What would I feel like, what would I see, what would it sound like, smell like, taste like …? Whenever I catch myself fearing not having enough, I paint my big red “X” and I change the channel in my thinking to my desired picture of having what I want. I am always amazed when I can make myself do this. Consistently my life gets better and I get more than enough.
We can all get depressed, overwhelmed, angry, resentful – you name it. But if we work on becoming more mindful about how we think and what we focus on, we can, with small changes in how we think, make major changes in the quality of our lives. I urge everyone to play with these ways of thinking differently.
In the meantime, I give thanks this month for every aspect of my life, and for all of The Echo World readers and our ever-expanding community. We are now distributing in Richmond, in a big way. What a thrill! It is an ancient, magical teaching, that what you give genuine gratitude for grows in your life. So, let’s all give thanks for each other and all that is good in our lives, and let’s begin expecting more of it. Let’s laugh at the silliness of the world, national and international news. We live in interesting times. Let’s make the most of the opportunities they provide, and enjoy all we are blessed to be and have. May it be a great season of Thanks and Giving!
Reprinted from October 2017 The Echo World Magazine / TheEchoWorld.com