Thinking Yourself Well, or Ill….
In a talk with a woman recently, I heard how she changed her health, her shape, her feelings, and her life with one clear decision. She’d just put in six weeks at learning and adapting a relaxation method.
Now this woman, if she decides to do something, does it. She does it with a bit of will, and sees it through. So, after three weeks of practicing her Relaxation, she found herself reacting differently to a couple of situations that would have driven her into a rage before.
That was enough to convince her to stay the course, give it the full six weeks to which she’d committed.
Each week after that third week experience brought her something new. She found herself being more analytical, more patient, with herself and others, more quietly optimistic about her work and her life. She also found herself planning, thinking about situations before they arose.
Previously, her imagination, directed by fear, uncertainty, doubt, served her accordingly; she thought in terms of damage limitation, fundamental survival, saving life, holding it together. She was constantly tired, tense, anxious, nervous, irritable, with all the life in her soul of a concrete brick.
This had become her habitual way of thinking. And feeling.
Spending time in the silence and the comfort of her own company resurrected a few memories of her past achievements; how she’d taken the decision to go into her business, then done it; how she’d taken the decision to get out of a terrible relationship, and done it; and how she’d let herself be seduced into the easy but fatal thought patterns of hoping that something would turn out ok, when she knew in her heart that the only way anything happens in life is when we make it happen.
So, she took the decision to reinforce what she saw was having a huge and good effect on her, her mind, and her life. There was no pressure on her to do this. None. It was her decision, her prerogative, on how to do it.
And she could also decide to stop, walk away from it, and fall back to her old ways. The choice is always there.
So, she took the decision, by choice, the one she felt was right for her, and to date, has kept to it. She believes she’s lighter in mind, body, spirit. She gets on well with people again. She’s much more patient with herself and others. And she sleeps like a top. She says she’s rediscovered life.
Isn’t that a good story?
Anyone can do that. At any time. At any age. In any place. We can decide how we feel, think, behave and act.
Now that’s freedom.