Mindset is everything, or so it’s said. Regardless of the situation, how we approach it is what determines the outcome. Why is that? Can we really accomplish anything we want through our thoughts alone? Could one really make the argument that regardless of the obstacles our attitude is more important?
Our mind is the seed from which our whole reality blossoms. It dictates everything we experience. Even objective reality becomes subjective when funneled through the magnifying lens of our minds. A great example of this is optical illusions. Both halves of the picture exist, but depending on which one we focus on, that is what we see.
How we handle events in our life determines what kind of character traits we develop. In theory, you can be anyone you want to be, but you are who you are because you chose to be that way. If you are an introvert, it’s because you enjoy those quiet settings more. If you are a party animal, it’s because you feel most fulfilled in that environment. Even reading this article you may say, “wow that’s awesome! I can be anyone!” Or you may think, “so you’re telling it’s my fault my life is this way?!”
In truth, we may feel differently about this at different points in our life. I know I do. I believe some things do “happen to us”. For instance, the death of a loved one. Some things are unavoidable. However, it’s our response to these situations which creates the outcome, more so than the tangible event. A lot of times, these unfortunate events are important lessons for us to learn from. If we are able to keep our mind open.
We get better, or we get bitter.
Think of the most recent “bump in the road” you had. How did you handle it? Did you think, “why does this have be happening right now?” Perhaps you were upset for a little, but felt better after you ate something. Or did it bother you like a pebble in your shoe for the rest of the day? Regardless of what it was, your thoughts created how “severe” the situation was for you.
Now think of the last crisis you had. How did you handle that one? Usually the events we deem as a “crisis” are the ones we fear a lot more. They may require us to do a lot more work to get back to normal or we predict they will last a long time.
What were your thoughts like during both of the experiences? Surely they weren’t too positive to begin with, but think about how quickly you were able to turn them around. With the little things, we tend to do this a lot faster. These problems can usually be solved easily, or we can tell from our physical discomfort that we are actually upset about something else. What tends to separate the small problems from the big ones, is how much mental energy we are putting into the situation.
Emotions are energy in motion. The more of our thoughts we put towards an event, the more energy we are feeding it. If we are smart about how we apply this, we can feed energy into the things we want and snuff out anything we don’t.
If I want a specific outcome, I can feed energy into by thinking about it more. Making the outcome as detailed in my mind as it would be if it were reality. The more energy I put into it, the more certain I can be it will happen. I believe we can all look back at times in our life when this happened and we didn’t even know it.
So, if I want something to not happen, I need to not think about it then, right? Yes, you could do that, but it might be harder than you think. Emotions are energy in motion. If you want something to not happen, it’s probably because you have an emotional attachment to it. Otherwise you wouldn’t care. Now, think back to high school physics class. An object in motion will stay in motion unless it is stopped by something else and that “something else” has to be strong enough to endure the kinetic energy of the moving object. However, it takes a lot less effort to redirect the energy.
This is why a lot of people find exercise to be therapeutic. You are moving the energy in your mind, into your body, and then releasing it through physical movement. The energy has to move somewhere. Why not out into the world?
Another way to redirect the energy is through something creative. If we enjoy art, playing music, dancing or any number of other creative activities, then the energy can be expressed through this medium. The energy doesn’t even have to be expressed in the same form. If we are sad, we don’t have to make something sad. It can be transmuted into whatever we want! Although, it may feel cathartic to express it in the same form.
Lastly, you can transmute your emotions by changing the way you are thinking. Take the same energy that is going into thinking negatively and think of a positive outcome! Think about how it could be a beneficial situation. Think about how it is actually working in your favor. All the energy we put into worrying creates an elaborate crisis in our head. Use that energy to create an elaborate delight, down to the last detail. A positive thought holds three times the energy of a negative one! So it’s going to turn out better than alright.
Now if the energy stays in your mind, it will eventually run itself out. Just like a jogger has to stop at some point. Although this method can leave us physically exhausted, even if we haven’t done anything. The brain can use up to 80% of the sugar in our body, so sitting there and stewing on something actually takes up a lot of your brain power. If you have any doubts, go ahead and be angry for a few hours. You’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
So how we direct the energy in our thoughts and our emotions is what allows us to create our reality. If we want something to be different, we have the power to change it. We can make the decision to achieve our dreams regardless of what obstacles come up. Oh, and obstacles WILL come up. But you have the power to push through them. You have an idea of the life you want to live and the person you want to be. Although, you probably don’t know everything required along the way to get there. Think of those obstacles as the experiences that are shaping you into that person. With each trial, you are becoming more like your future self.
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To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!