In my last post, I spoke about how our predominant thoughts shape our reality. In this post, I want to talk about ways you can change your thinking. There is a book entitled, “Viruses of the Mind,” by Richard Brodie. It speaks of “memes”, which are thoughts that are planted in people’s minds, and actually infect their thinking. A perfect example of a meme used intentionally is media advertising. The little catch phrases that come to mind anytime you think of a product, such as Duracell batteries, Pepto Bismal. There are also more insidious memes. We are infected every time we watch the news. Merely having the media tell us that bad times are ahead is enough to bring about the bad times. We collectively bring about on a grand scale what we collectively think about most of the time. Perfect example: the latest flu scare.
You can change your thinking by stopping one thing and starting something else. The number one source of mind viruses is television. What we watch affects us on many levels. If we are exposed to bad news, to violence, to hatred, to cruelty, it affects us on many levels: emotional, physical and spiritual. By avoiding those things that bring us into a place of destructive thought, we are avoiding a virus, a mind virus. The second thing we can do is choose to expose ourselves to uplifting, enlightening thought. I immerse myself in motivational material. I am a great fan of Nightingale Conant’s audio recordings, with such great teachers as Brian Tracy, Earl Nightingale, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, and the list goes on. In all of these recordings, there is one underlying teaching: Thoughts are Things, and We Become What We Think About Most of the Time. I also return frequently to Rhonda Byrne’s, “The Secret”.
As you immerse yourself in truly spiritual teachings, you will also push out from your mind those thoughts that no longer serve you. As a side benefit, you will find your practice will become more successful, you will attract those clients that energize and inspire you, and you will be much more prosperous, both financially and in every other part of your life.
‘Til next time,