Did you know that you have more power than you can imagine? You have power over the thoughts you think. You have power over the words you choose. You have power over the company you keep and the experiences you attract. And ultimately you have power over the life you wish to live. It all comes down to the choices you make. Sounds obvious doesn’t it? But sometimes the obvious gets overlooked during the distractions of your busy life. Until that is, you make time to really think about it. Take for example the power you have to choose your thoughts. Yes, you have a choice. This is what I mean.
Who and what do you choose to let into your bubble? I’m not just talking protecting your physical health during a pandemic. I’m talking about the environments that influence you and the people who you interact with regularly. Are they positive and uplifting or negative and depressing? Even before COVID-19, we created bubbles. Sometimes we just weren’t aware of the consequences. But when you really think about them, at an energetic level, you know which people or experiences make you feel good and those that don’t. You can feel it in your body. Unfortunately, we often give into that friend or family member that takes advantage of our generosity or crushes our dreams. We let them into our bubble anyway. I’m asking you to think “outside the bubble”.
What words do you use when you speak to yourself? When you speak to others? Are they uplifting and motivating or demeaning and disempowering? Believe me, it matters. When you speak in quiet and non-aggressive tones and send out loving peaceful thoughts, you can literally make change happen. Your words have power. Let me explain. A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to attend a seminar lead by the late Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese author and entrepreneur who was known for his research into the effect that human consciousness has on the molecular structure of water.
Most of the time we are busy thinking and doing, thinking and doing. It’s just automatic. But have you ever really thought about the thoughts you are actually thinking? Where they originated and how habitual they have become over time? Are these your thoughts or someone else’s? You see, we can easily become trapped by the “hypnosis of social conditioning”, as I’ve often heard Deepak Chopra refer to it this way. And this conditioning can be quite insidious. But you have a choice. You can choose thoughts that are empowering instead of self-defeating. Thoughts that are kind rather than those that are demeaning. Thoughts that energize and lift you up or thoughts that deflate you. Your choice. But at the end of the day, the thoughts you think are what you become.
I love this quote. It certainly inspires me to aim higher, especially for the things that matter most. What matters most to you these days? And are you aiming high enough? And how does hope factor into the equation? For me, hope is the ultimate belief that by digging deeper and aiming higher, I can do more that I might have thought possible. You see, there’s an alchemy in hope. It’s quite transformative. But you have to believe for it to hold such power. That brings me to the subject of today’s blog, and the last post dedicated to the joy habit of hope. And it’s probably the one that will have the most impact on future generations.
What do you hope will improve in your orbit over the coming months? More gatherings with your friends and family? More certainty about your job? More rest, better health, more time? If you’re feeling stressed and want things to change, remember that hope gives strength to a belief that things will be better. And it’s a really important joy habit to cultivate. During this month in which I’ve dedicated my weekly Joy Journals to the joy habit of hope, I am focusing on one major theme each week that begins with one of the letters in the word HOPE. The first week was on the topic of Hope for Health representing the letter “H”. In that blog I shared a new book I’m reading about how to reduce the risk of cognitive decline. As a “woman of a certain age”, I am finding it particularly relevant in my life right now.
What are you hopeful for? Perhaps this week’s blog will give you some food for thought outside of the most common answer. During this month in which I’ve dedicated my weekly Joy Journals to the joy habit of hope, I am focusing on one major theme each week that begins with one of the letters in the word HOPE. Last week’s blog was on the topic of Hope for Health representing the letter “H”. I placed particular emphasis on brain health and featured a great new book I’m reading about how to reduce the risk of cognitive decline. I encourage you to read the blog, no matter your age. This week’s offering stands for the letter “O’ and will ask you to Hope for Oneness of our people and our planet as I believe our interdependence will be even more important as we take our place in a new post-pandemic world.