We are not our thoughts, yet they influence us in every moment!
To fully recognise the influence our thoughts have on our daily life, we need to pay attention to them as often as possible and in every moment. This helps develop our awareness and brings our inner and outer worlds into alignment.
Start by ‘noticing’ or paying attention when you wake up after a sleep – What are the first thoughts you have? Then notice while at work what you think of as you do your tasks.
Pay attention when you interact with others and notice where your thoughts go. What are you thinking? How well do you listen to the other person? Are you sorting out your answer, thinking of a clever repartee, or are you in the moment with them? Do your thoughts lead the conversation or do they distract you from being present?
Continue to practise paying attention while doing everything and anything. What are you thinking while eating, when at play, while reading, while driving, when brushing your teeth, and doing ordinary activities of the day?
Pay attention and discover where your thoughts lead you and what they rest on. You may be surprised by the lanes and pathways your thoughts take.