The Wand Position

The Wand Position
Often Used for Magic

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Thinking A Different Way, Part 1

Now, there is a new way to think about things. In order to understand how our thoughts work we need only be conscious of whether we are worrying or whether our mind is functioning in the pattern of curiosity.

The number one purpose for our mind to exist is curiosity and almost all else falls under the heading of worry. Curiosity though, is our minds primary function. We are curious how to solve a problem. We see something and we are curious about it. We see someone and we are curious about them but so much of what we do is worry.

I'd like to give you a suggestion for some homework. It's not hard and you don't even have to do it at home if you don't want to. Just take 5 minutes - it's something you can do on the bus if you're not talking to someone or having to react to someone. It's something you could do on a coffee break for instance. It's something you can do when you're out for a walk if you don't need to be too vigilant - and that's just notice what you're thinking.

You don't have to be the guard dog about it - you don't have to watch every thought but there are times when you will suddenly notice what you're thinking. Try to pay attention - am I being curious or am I worrying. Now sometimes one can do both - be curious and worry at the same time so count that as worry but try to be able to differentiate.

Generally speaking, if you're worrying you will have an uncomfortable feeling in your body but if you're curious the feeling will be more anticipation or even excitement - something like that.

That's the basic homework right there. We're not casting any blame here. We're not trying to say - this is right, this is wrong. Mostly this is about observation because there is a new way to think and I'll say more about that next time.


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