Have you ever thought about something TOO much?
Have you ever not been able to sleep because thoughts keep running through your head?
While thinking through things is really helpful and important (some people could even do more of that!), sometimes we can detour our lives and get off track by thinking or analyzing too much. This over-thinking can turn into a negative direction and create a state of doubt, stress, anxiety or worry (or even cognitively convince oneself of a hypothetical situation that doesn’t even exist). Have you ever encountered a difficulty with someone, thinking that their intent was negative and found out later that you were very wrong about that? You discovered later that they did not have a negative intention at all?
From the perspective of Quantum Physics, simply put, thoughts are things. Thoughts have an effect on us, the world, and matter. When we allow ourselves to go down a path of negatively over-thinking something, we are having more of an effect, many times, than we realize.
Our minds work through association (association with past experiences) or perceptual connections, so given free rein, the mind can divert us from being in the moment with what is really needed. We are so much more than our thoughts. We are deeper than thought. We all have a core of strength, wisdom, joy, and, yes, love that is much truer than thought. And ideally, thought can be influenced by and arise out of that inner core of what we really are.
In many traditions throughout the ages, the area of the heart is associated with this part of us that is more than our minds, more than thought, even more than matter (or the physical aspects of life). For thousands of years, it has been associated with the seat of the soul, with universal love, with wisdom.
Here is an activity to try:
- Sit quietly and focus on your breath (just pay attention to breathing in and exhaling).
- Quiet yourself and focus on the area of your heart.
- Visualize a beautiful white light with sparkles of gold in that area.
- Allow the light to expand into your whole body (including your head), filling your cells with that light, like a honeycomb lighting up.
- Let yourself feel the love coming from your heart or soul, that inner core of wisdom.
- Send this light of love from your heart to bathe the difficulty or person with that light. Send positive thoughts for that situation or person.
You may find that this easy and simple activity not only helps bring you back to a more balanced place, it also helps with your perspective in a situation. You might even find that things improve and the truer aspects “come to light.” This is also a good activity (in addition to other obvious ways) when observing a situation or area of the world that needs help—pouring into that country or situation the love from your heart.
When you see yourself in a place of over-thinking, it helps to bring yourself back to the heart, to infuse the problem with love. To some people using the word “love” sounds fluffy, and to that I say that love is a powerful force in this world–more powerful than fear, hate, and separation. It is what we truly are. It is the hope for the world. What would this world look like if more and more people brought themselves to a place of love instead of fear?
Mary Claire O’Neal is a communication consultant, coach and author of the award-winning book, Becoming What You Want to See in the World .
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