Can you guess how many thoughts we have in a day?
Take a moment and consider the question. Yes, there are a lot of thoughts, and I don’t know how anyone could have counted them, but a quick google search gave me the answer.
It is estimated that we think somewhere between 40,000 – 70,000 thoughts per day. Oh my goodness! Can you believe that?
That fact makes it even more essential to observe our thoughts because they impact how we feel. You may not even be aware of habitual thoughts as they have been spinning around in your brain for many years or even decades. These repetitive thoughts can cause you to feel anxious, sad, lonely, angry, or unhappy and you may wonder why you seem to be on an emotional roller coaster all the time. Feelings of anxiety (or similar emotions) can create uncomfortable physical sensations that can be perceived as pain in the belly area or tightness around the chest. It is only natural that you want to run away to avoid feeling the painful sensations. Many seek relief from seeing doctors and taking prescription medication to dull the unwanted emotions. Others find distractions in work, substance abuse, overeating, or socializing.
Unfortunately by running away you miss the opportunity for transformation, healing and growth.
The next time you feel anxious (or similar emotions) I invite you to simply become aware of the emotion that is present, without making it wrong. An emotion is energy in motion. That energy will shift when you pay attention to it without fueling it. Try to simply find acceptance for what is and return to the present moment. Just be with the emotion. Sit with it and allow the energy to shift and change into expanded awareness and true presence.
This work is a process and takes practice. It becomes much easier when you have a coach supporting you in discovering your habitual thought patterns and guiding you through your emotions.