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Forums / Multicultural experiences / The Power Of Thought

Topic: The Power Of Thought

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  1. Donte'
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    8 February 2018

    Our thoughts generate more thoughts. Thoughts often create emotions as we respond to them. That process generates action. This action becomes our behaviour and eventually our way of life. From thoughts, emotions, actions, our life unfolds moment to moment, each one building or reacting to the other. Thoughts then, have great power and affect our wellbeing and mental health.

    But where do thoughts come from? They're influenced by our culture, religion or beliefs, traditions, our families, the society and the era we live in and the stimuli around us.

    Do our thoughts then, particularly in the way our culture and beliefs have an influence on them, take us toward a healthier, happier, more positive approach to life? Do our thoughts, influenced by our cultural context, help us to recover from illness or trauma? Whatever we are inclined to think naturally, does it tend to be optimistic, problem solving, looking at the opportunities in every challenge that arises or does it drag us down? What may be some thought patterns developed through growing up in our specific context that keeps us from progressing towards a healthier wellbeing? And, how can we become more aware of our thoughts and determine our relationship with them?

    How do we achieve moments of rest from thought which are essential for our wellbeing? How do we withdraw from our senses to quiet the thoughts and allow the power of the mind to emerge and be felt?

    For me, it is about focusing my attention on the breath and let my mind relax and open. It's something I've learnt from my childhood, as growing up in Greece we had a compulsory afternoon siesta, where everything (including school, shops etc) will stop for a couple of hours to allow everyone to take a break, to stop, rest, physically and mentally, contemplate, meditate, switch-off, before returning back to the tasks of the day.

    I vividly remember those long summer afternoons, when no one would be out on the streets, and we kids were not allowed to wander around, neither chat with each other or watch tv, listen to radio etc - we had to lie down and remain still, listening to the cicadas in the background and just breathe. I now realize that these were my very first mindfulness lessons.

    If our thoughts trouble us, if worry, fear, stress, anxiety or depression have taken over our lives, could it be that by altering our thoughts we may be able to influence our feelings, actions, attitudes and environment and create a healthier mental state?...

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  2. quirkywords
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    10 February 2018 in reply to Donte'

    Donte

    What an interesting thread. I overthink everything and sometimes feel y brain is like clothes in front loader washing machine all tangled and churning over and over !

    I think as I get older it is hard to alter my thoughts but I can challenge long held beliefs which dont help me or I feel are no longer true.

    Changing thought processes takes time and muhpractice and lots of patience.

    quirky

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  3. PamelaR
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    10 February 2018 in reply to Donte'
    Thank you 😊 Donte. Very informative. I understand what you are saying and do try. Unfortunately I can't always find what it is my mind or my body has thought. It can take days to realise my patterns and thoughts 💭. Patience isn't my second name:)
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  4. CMF
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    10 February 2018 in reply to Donte'

    Hi Donte,

    Lovely to meet you. Love this post and will be re reading and having a think about it before i reply.

    Take care

    CMF

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  5. Donte'
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    10 February 2018 in reply to quirkywords

    Thank you Quirkywords,

    I can relate. Often my mind is on overdrive and thoughts come at me at the speed of light. Especially at night. One thing I have found helpful is to just let them be. I don't pay attention to them anymore. I don't even need to engage them. I just continue breathing and bring all my attention to my breath. In and out, in and out, in and out....Before I know it all thoughts disappear and I fall asleep again

  6. Donte'
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    10 February 2018 in reply to PamelaR

    Hello PamelaR,

    I used to think that I am my thoughts. Now I know I am my breath - the only constant that keeps me alive. Thoughts come and go and I can just let them be. Thoughts can come from others. Thoughts can be directed from media, society, religion, politics etc. They are not necessarily me. So I breathe. Keep breathing...

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  7. Donte'
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    10 February 2018 in reply to CMF

    Hi CMF,

    Thank you. Lovely to meet you too. Great approach! as your Avatar states 'You don't have to have it all figured out to move forward!' - Love this! :)

  8. PamelaR
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    10 February 2018 in reply to Donte'

    Thank you Donte. Yes I agree completely, the media, politics, society, religion can direct my thoughts. I'm generally aware of these. I can reflect on them especially when they make me angry, happy, annoyed, sad. I can usually move on. However, it's when they subtly spark something hidden in my mind's filing cabinet that makes it difficult to identify. But you are right it's not me....I keep breathing and try to just let go.

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  9. Donte'
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    11 February 2018 in reply to PamelaR

    Me too PamelaR,

    Deep breaths! :)

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