Are Your Thoughts Controlling You?

The things we think are the things that free our souls.  If we think on pure and lovely things, we shall grow pure and lovely like them; and the converse is equally true. ~Hannah Whitall Smith~

Did you ever have one of those days where you just were not yourself?  If we’re lucky enough to know who that is:)  Why were you in that place?  What or who put you there and can anyone really put you in a place?  Yes, if you let them or the situation.  We all have choices.  Controlling or redirecting our feelings and emotions are not always easy.

So after a day of blah,  I decided to start taking notes.  What am I doing or who am I with, where am I at, when I am feeling really good.  And then again when I’m feeling low or not so great.

I have a recording app on my phone. I would record when I was feeling happy or sad and talk about where I was, who I was with and tried to find a pattern of why my moods would change from one to the other.  A great little experiment I’ll have you know.

I came to realize that it wasn’t so much about where I was or who I was with as it was my thoughts, a game (as I like to call it) playing in my mind.  Your thoughts can be very powerful and get you going on a path that you don’t want to be on.  Pretty soon you’re looking over the edge and you start falling into that deep, sad, blah kind of place.  And who do you have to blame?  Yourself!  You let your thoughts get away with you.  They will have their way if you let them.  They just kind of creep up on you  and infiltrate your mind like an army out of nowhere.  I often say to myself,  it’s the Devil trying to get to me.

I find that when I am alone at home, my thoughts are everywhere.  I even talk to myself sometimes.  (I don’t answer myself though) LOL.  When I start doing that then I’ll really be concerned.  So I know I have to keep busy.  I write, I read, I work out, and I will watch a movie to take my mind somewhere else.  I listen to music and dance.  I know if I just sit there, in the quiet, I know where my thoughts are going to take me and I don’t want to go there.  So I cut the cord so to speak, in my head and let those thoughts drift away into God‘s hands.  I have begun to train myself or my thoughts to do that when I know I am drifting.  It does help.

With school about to begin I will have less time for my thoughts to drift.  Although I do think it is important to have some quiet time to think and ponder on the things we should be focusing on.  🙂  We need time to process, find our center and know where we are in our life.

Don’t let your thoughts control you:)

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, — meditate on these things, ~Philippians 4:8 NKJV

 

Keep hiking to the top,

Kimberly Rae

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