Few weeks ago I attended a Sufism and Awakening conference and one of the speakers shared the following:
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
This is so simple and so powerful. My thoughts create my destiny just like the Law of Attraction principles indicate. All I have to do is watch my thoughts. That's it. So I happily set out to watch my thoughts to create the destiny that I want. I tried to watch my thoughts at different times and in different environments and found out doing it mentally simply was not cutting it. I needed a better way to watch and catch my thoughts.
To make it easier I decided to work on my thoughts one at a time. I picked the "worry" thought to work on since "don't worry, be happy" song happened to be playing on the radio. I figured it may be easier if I use my body to assist my mind. I grabbed a piece of paper and wrote "don't worry" on it and put it on my desk. My plan was every time I had a "worry" thought I count it by making a mark on the paper. This way I could count how many "worry" thoughts I have in a day - very simple.
Feeling pretty smart and creative (yes, it doesn't take much to make me happy :) I decided to continue with my to-do list. Then I thought "but what if I get too busy and forget to watch my thoughts" .... DING DING DING ... that's a "worry" thought ... COUNT 1.
Thinking oh it's okay, "don't worry be happy", I made myself busy again. A little later I remembered I had called my ex-wife to wish her happy birthday and she hadn't called me back yet and wondered if I pissed het off again ... DING DING DING ... that's a "worry" thought ... COUNT 2.
I told myself aha, this is working, "don't worry be happy". Go to lunch - go now before they run out of the daily special because it ... DING DING DING ... that's a "worry" thought ... COUNT 3.
Not to bore you to sleep with all the seemingly silly worry thoughts I caught, Mr. Ego made me the proud owner of a good number of worry thoughts. And none of them really mattered at the end of the day.
Marking the count turned out to be quite a useful method in catching my thoughts though since it was right there in black and white and there was no denying. The fun of the exercise was that I got to set the rules and standards on what I wanted to catch and or let go. There was no judging, right or wrong, justification, etc. The big prize however was the fact that the count dropped pretty fast as I watched myself become more aware of the types of thoughts I was having.
The watching game can be played with the thoughts, and the words, and the actions, and the habits, and character. I definitely love creating my destiny so I will continue to play it in my head and with the little piece of paper on my desk.
How about you? Does this all seem pretty silly? Great, give it a try - it's much fun if you make it so. I'd love to know how you did.