Who am I? What are all these voices in my head? Why do I do things I don’t want to? If you are like me you have asked yourself these questions many times over the years and you’ve tried a number of different self-help courses that seemed to do nothing more than place a Band-Aid over the problem. If you can relate to what I’ve just said then let me give you some food for thought.
First of all, let me assure you that you’re not the only one asking these questions and are completely normal. The answer to getting a better grip or handle on your life begins with an increasing awareness of what’s going on internally inside of our head. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines awareness as: “the state of being aware”. The word aware is further defined as: “having specified facts or feelings actively impressed on the mind”.
In this series of posts I’m going to talk specifically about what’s going on inside our heads and the feelings or images that are created. In order to begin, I’m going to share a short exercise that helps to identify the thoughts we think. The exercise goes as follows:
Write down the first 3 to 5 thoughts you have to following phrases:
- Sunday morning,
- Authority figure,
This is not a test; so don’t take any more than a few seconds to complete this exercise. Now review your response to each phrase. Can you see your responses as they formed in your head prior to writing them down? Do you remember what you thought? If so, you have just completed this exercise by realizing that even in our own minds we are able to observe our thoughts. This is the first step to becoming aware that we are separate from our thoughts. We will see in future posts that certain creators of thoughts that occur in our head may be in error.
As a matter of fact, if you’ve read any of my previous blogs you would know that I refer to our Intellectual Nature (the mind) as the battleground. Because this is the place where conflict occurs between its different aspects. The different aspects of our intellectual nature include: our conscious and subconscious mind, our will, our desires and our emotions. We will soon learn that these different aspects battle for control. Leaving us in emotional turmoil and feeling just flat worn out!
The key to increasing our awareness is to recognize that if we can observe our thoughts, then maybe we can change or eliminate them altogether. Then if we can change or eliminate them, it just makes sense that the emotions attached to these thoughts would change or disappear. Thereby eliminating lots of unnecessary drama, limiting beliefs and emotional blocks from our life.
I know that my approach sounds pretty simplistic but it’s one that works. Over the next few weeks I will provide a roadmap to your mind that will hopefully help to provide you with increased awareness, clarity and purpose in your life. Please feel free to sign up for our free blog newsletter and leave a comment to let me know what you think. Until next time here’s hoping that you live today and every day passionately and with purpose. Thank you and God bless!