Task 30 of 50 Weeks to a Lighter More Loving You is to SEEK TRUTH.
Time for those journals again!
Years ago I read a book that helped me understand my mind of thoughts. The book was Byron Katie’s LOVING WHAT IS.
I have learned not to believe everything I think! Not every thought I have is totally true!
Katie’s method of inquiring our STRESSFUL THOUGHTS is simple and effective.
Stressful thoughts are any that cause a negative emotion or feeling, such as anxiety, anger, hurt, depression, etc. They can be about our self, another person, or a situation.
This week be aware of any stressful thoughts you are having. Write them down and take them through these four questions:
Is it true?
Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
How do you react when you believe that thought? Take a moment to feel into it.
Who would you be without that thought?
After you question your thought, turn the thought around….write a few OPPOSITES of that thought…and then ask…which one of those statements holds some truth?
Thought: It irritates me that my neighbor is such a busybody!
- My neighbor is not a busybody.
- I’m a busybody.
- My neighbor minds his own business.
- My neighbor is a caring person in his own way.
- My neighbor is trying to be a good neighbor.
There is probably more truth in the last statement which helps see the neighbor and any situations involving the neighbor from a different, more loving perspective.
Considering that our thoughts play such a big role in our ability to be happy, lighter and more loving, this week’s task will be useful!
Feel free to share in the comments anything you discovered while doing this task.
Cheering You on to a Whole Truth Seeking Heart,