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Quotes About Thinking

by Steve M Nash
(Brockholes, Yorskhire, UK)

Weekly Wonder Online: 27

Michael Neill wonders...

"You aren't afraid of what you think you're afraid of - you're afraid of what you think."

More Inspirational Quotes About Thinking...
"Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true."
-- Napoleon Hill

"The aim of education should be to teach us how to think, rather than what to think."
-- James Beatie

"All truly wise thoughts have been thought already, thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take firm root in our personal experience."
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world."
-- Buddha

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."
-- Albert Einstein

What I Wonder...

Listen to my thoughts about Michael Neill's inspirational quote in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about a favourite place of mine in Yorkshire (England!) - this time the video location is my kitchen!...

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What can be more important than thought?

Seriously. Has anything EVER happened in your life that you didn't have to think about (before, during or after it happened)?

If something 'bad' happens to you then can you see that it's only because you think that it's bad that it is so? Time for a taoist story...

There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. "Such bad luck," they said sympathetically. "May be," the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. "How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed. "May be," replied the old man. The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. "May be," answered the farmer. The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. "May be," said the farmer.

Back to humble not-so-taoist me. I was made redundant when I was in my early 20s. I was elated at the time, strangely(?), but a colleague of mine - a family man, a few years older than me was not; he was fearful. A few months later, though, we both managed to get good jobs; we were both working again.

There's no reason I felt 'elated' and there was no reason for my colleague to feel 'fearful', apart from... our respective thinking. Did his 'fear' make sure he got another job? Did my elation? (I'm pretty sure that most of us make better decisions, and take better actions, when we are NOT feeling fearful and stressed and pressured.)

So, who TRULY knows if something is 'good' or 'bad'? We think we know, oh for sure, but how often did something we think was a good idea turn out not so (think dating, for obvious examples of this)?

Our thinking is temperamental at best, and faulty at worst.

So let's assume that 'life' just happens to us - and it does, life is neither fair or unfair, it just is - then all we're really left with, then, is what we THINK about what happens to us.

Don't you agree?

And whilst we really don't have any choice in what we think about - thoughts seem to come and go as they please. We DO have a choice about what thoughts we focus on!

So I am not advocating positive thinking here, or for you to NOT have negative thoughts; instead, I'm encouraging you to understand that YOU THINK, pretty much every second of every day you think, but you don't have to take your thinking seriously...

A bit like worrying, which we all know is a bad thing to do, most of us will find it hard to NOT take our thinking seriously, to not worry. Why? Because we think that doing so provides us with some level of security in life, some kind of protection.

Which leads me nicely to another myth of life: you can as much control life as you can control the weather; i.e. WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL! There is no such thing as security in life - anything can happen to us at any time, truly...

And I don't say all this in the belief that all is lost, we have not control and are thus doomed. Rather I say this because once we embrace life FULLY, moment by moment, with no expectations whatsoever - no good and no bad, just events - then we can experience life as the miracle it truly is...

Michael Neill's words about fear of our thinking really reduces to a fear of insecurity, of not being in control. We don't want this insecurity to be true, and we struggle and struggle and struggle in our thinking to provide some semblance of security, some notion of control.

But the more we let go of doing this, the more we embrace each moment that comes to us, the more we can let life simply unfold, without giving what happens in each moment any particular meaning.

Impossible, you say? Well, watch a child crying one moment then playing the next, then angry, then sad, then... It's not impossible, people, it's Who We Really Are!...

(By the way, I'm a big fan of Michael Neill's teachings, mainly because he encourages us to look within for our answers. That IS where the answers are, after all! And Michael's Supercoach website is full of tips, videos and programs that help us do just that!)

Okay, so now it's your turn to comment, your turn to share.

Whether you want to talk about these inspirational thinking quotes - what 'thinking' means to you - or you'd like to talk about my thoughts on thinking, then I'm all ears...

What YOU wonder?...

Yes, I'd love to hear your wisdom, and insights regarding any of the inspirational quotations about thinking shared here (or the other stuff)... You can leave comments below! :-)

Thanks for reading,

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