CHECK IN for Week 30: Seek Truth

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Checking in for Week 30’s task of SEEKING TRUTH.

The task is to be aware of any stressful thoughts you are having.  Write them down and take them through these four questions:

  1. Is it true?

  2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true?

  3. How do you react when you believe that thought? 

  4. 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?

(This is called INQUIRY from Byron Katie’s book LOVING WHAT IS.)

How is it going?  Have you tried this with some thoughts that are causing you discomfort?

Here are a few notes about this method stemming from my personal INQUIRY:

  • It brought more awareness to my thought life and the emotions that stem from those thoughts.   It’s amazing how BUSY and UNAWARE I was spending my life!

  • It is a great way to gain different perspectives, which calmed the emotion accompanying a thought about a situation, person, or myself.

  • It has led me to talk and ask more questions of others, so I can get the facts AND NOT ASSUME ANYTHING! Many a stressful thought is based on lack of information and misunderstandings.

  • It helped uncover false beliefs about my self which in turn aided in changing bad habits, facilitating feelings of worthiness, and creating more of a life I desired.

NOTE:  Doing this too much could drive you crazy!  Not every thought you have needs to be put through this method.  If you start to doubting  yourself and keep questioning your GUT INSTINCT, it will drive you mad.   Sometimes you do know from your heart or your gut what is going on (what is the truth) and the feelings from those thoughts are trying to tell you something.

Whatever FEELING you have is TRUE…you are feeling it! 

Remember it is not the feeling we are questioning, it is the THOUGHT.    Our thought life plays such a big role in a lighter, more loving you. 

Cheering You on to a Whole INQUIRED THOUGHTS Heart,

Barbara

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2018 Week 30: Seek Truth

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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:

  1. Is it true?

  2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true?

  3. How do you react when you believe that thought? Take a moment to feel into it.

  4. 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?

Example:

Thought:   It irritates me that my neighbor is such a busybody!

Opposite Thoughts:

  • 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,
Barbara

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