Curative Attentiveness

14 Nov


Being Aware Of Your Thoughts

Few people enjoy the company of individuals whose attitudes are persistently negative. Yet many of us tolerate the critical chatter that can originate within our own minds. Since we are so used to the stream of self-limiting, critical consciousness that winds its way through our thoughts, we are often unaware of the impact these musings have on our lives. It is only when we become aware of the power of such thoughts that we can divest ourselves of them and fill the emptiness they leave with loving, peaceful affirmations. Many people, upon paying careful attention to their thinking patterns, are surprised at the negativity they find there. But when we take notice of involuntary thoughts in a nonjudgmental way, we initiate a healing process that will eventually allow us to replace intimidating and upsetting self-talk with positive, empowering thoughts.

While the occasional downbeat or judgmental thought may have little impact on your contentment, the ongoing negativity that passes unnoticed can have a dampening effect on your mood and your outlook. When you are aware of the tone of your thoughts, however, you can challenge them. Try to be conscious of your feelings, opinions, and judgments for a single day. From sunup to sundown, scrutinize the messages you are feeding into your subconscious mind. Consider your thoughts from the perspective of a detached observer and try not to judge yourself based on the notions that come unbidden into your mind. Simply watch the flow of your consciousness and make a note of the number of times you find yourself focusing on gloomy notions or indulging in self-directed criticism.

As you become increasingly aware of your patterns of thought, whether positive and negative, you will gradually learn to control the character of your stream of consciousness. Endeavor always to remember that the images and ideas that pass through your mind are transient and not a true representation of who you are. In training yourself to be cognizant of your thoughts, you gain the ability to actively modulate your mood. The awareness you cultivate within yourself will eventually enable you to create a foundation of positivity from which you can build a more authentic existence.

Daily OM


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3 responses to “Curative Attentiveness

  1. naturalhigh

    November 14, 2006 at 7:55 am

    Gracie, that red leaf pops off the page at me! Spectacular framing job!

    As a studio artist for 20+ years, I’ve had to be mindful of my thoughts because no one could take 8 hours of solitary time with negative or critical thoughts rumbling around in one’s skull.

    By reading, listening to music, and attending events that buoy up my spirit, I naturally program my thoughts towards ones that bring me peace, pleasure, comfort, or entertainment.

  2. Gracie

    November 14, 2006 at 11:24 am

    That’s wonderful, Natural High! You would be stark raving mad if you didn’t surround yourself with creative forces that both offer inspiration and relaxation. I knew a few studio potters that were bordering there for a while………….lol!

    I’m thrilled you like the photo. It’s a bit different than my others so again, thanks for the encouragement.

  3. Suresh Gundappa

    November 17, 2006 at 10:02 am

    Meditation in marketplace is the essence of a meditator. In old tibet after meditator passes thru couple of stages he used to be placed in prison along with the criminals. His test was to absorb negativity and still maintain silence. But in mdern world we can avoid unecessary negativity and stay with the positive ecosystem.

    Very nice article!


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