Have you ever thought about the saying “eat your words”? It means to admit when you’ve been wrong about something you’ve said. I’ve always found it such an interesting colloquialism.
But since your words are merely an expression of your thoughts, how about we create a new saying that goes – “eat your thoughts.” This new idiom might help to serve as a gentle reminder to catch your thoughts before you regret uttering them out loud.
Since this is the last blog about the joy habit – Be Thoughtful, from Chapter 33 of my book Being Joy™, I’ve decided to share several great passages about the power of thought from some of my favourite writers and teachers. And I’m going to start by sharing the complete quote from author Betty Eadie who I quoted at the beginning of this post:
“If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words, we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive.”
So true, and she echoes the great quote that I gave you from Gregg Braden in my October 13 blog about the choices we make to: “speak about other people in a manner that is honoring or dishonoring.”
Another amazing resource is the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. He has written several others but this one helped set the trajectory of my life nearly 20 years ago. The first agreement is “Be Impeccable with Your Word”. Wow!
Ruiz says that “Through the word you express your creative power. It is through the word that you manifest everything. Regardless of what language you speak your intent manifests through the word. What you dream, what you feel, and what you really are, will all be manifest through the word.” He goes on to say “The word is not just a sound or a written symbol. The word is a force; it is the power you have to express and communicate, to think, and thereby to create the events in your life.”
It’s a powerful first Agreement from his book and I encourage you to read or re-read it again for further insight.
One of my other favourite teachers is Wayne Dyer whom I quote often in my book and blog. I’m sharing passages from two of his books that relate to this month’s topic about our thoughts. The first is from one of his earlier books – There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem.
There’s a chapter in the book called Decontaminating Your Mind Fields of Energy, where Dyer says, “Scientists describe thought as an organized field of energy composed of complete patterns of vibrations that consolidate information.” Dyer then quotes scientist Dr. Valerie Hunt, author of Infinite Mind who said, “Thoughts are events in the mind field that are available not only to the consciousness of the creator, but also to other minds.” Dyer explains that our thoughts are not private but rather “field-public,” which means that you do not think in a vacuum, but that your thoughts are created from transactions with other fields.
I find the study of human thought fascinating. And the fact that there is so much more scientific study being focused in this area right now, gives me great hope for what will be uncovered about human potential and our collective ability to solve many of societies biggest challenges.
The other Dyer book that I often refer to is called Being in Balance. It’s a great little gem that makes a thoughtful gift for someone you care about who might be going through a challenging time.
In Chapter 2 – There’s More to Life Than Making It Go Faster, there is a section about stress reduction through realignment which begins: “You become what you think about all day long. You also become who you think all day long.“ Dyer explains that when you engage in negative self-talk you are expressing thoughts of resistant energy which counters the desire you have for a stress-free existence. You are actually getting in your own way by staying stuck in the same loop of negativity. You can’t achieve balance by simply changing your behaviour – it all starts with adjusting your thoughts.
The last resource I’ll refer to is an oracle card deck I often use by Meggan Watterson called The Divine Feminine. In the guidebook to the cards, Watterson refers to the 14th century Kashmiri mystic and poet Lalla as the Saint of Spoken Words and says, “Lalla is the invitation to pay close attention to each word we say about ourselves to the people we love. She is the acknowledgment from the soul that our every sentence is a prayer. If we want more love, more light, more of that joy and freedom that expands our capacity to be present in the world, then Lalla reminds us that we can become the author of our own reality right now. We can speak our desires into being.” Right on sister!
The final tidbit about thought comes from the daily activity provided in my own book Being Joy™, that I call “Word Catching”. I suggest you give it a try:
“Do your best today to catch yourself when you use low-energy words like “can’t,” “demand,” “bad,” “hate,” “shut-up.” Or life-defeating phrases like “it’s so hard.” “I’m tired,” “I can’t afford it,” or “I never get a break.” Replace them with high vibrational words like “love,” “comfort,” “good,” and “peaceful.” And use life-affirming, phrases like “I am grateful,” “I feel wonderful,” “I choose not to buy that now,” or “All is well.” Gradually, you’ll find that these more positive words and phrases will dominate your vocabulary and will shift the energy of people around you.”
I send thoughts of peace, love, and joy energy your way and ask that in return you radiate the same towards others. That’s how we start a joy revolution!
Love from your Joy Mama,
P.S. If you haven’t already read my book Being Joy™, it’s a simple 40-day practice of replacing old self-defeating beliefs with new empowering joy habits. It contains several quotes and insights from prolific thought leaders like the ones I have shared in this post. Order your copy here!
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