How is it that in one moment - we can love our work, our home life, our relationships with others, enjoying a creative life, and be hopeful of more of the same - and in the very next moment, these good feelings can tail off, leaving us experiencing boredom, frustration, worry, anger, lack of focus and fearing the worst?
Most of us would directly attribute how we feel, and therefore how we're able to think and perform - to our circumstances.
That after all sounds very reasonable.
But we know that any one situation, to a greater or lesser degree is experienced differently by the people involved. We also know that beyond any situation, feelings can linger. So what would it be like if we had a clearer understanding of how all this works?
As human beings, we like to think that we can make meaning of every experience. And yet, the truth is that our thinking is what's creating our experience, moment to moment. Simply put - we experience our thinking.
Each of us lives in a world of thought, from which all our experience is created. What we appear to see 'out there' in the world, is simply a reflection of our innermost, hidden, most persistent thoughts (core beliefs) - about our world, and most importantly about ourselves. Whilst our experience therefore reflects perfectly our core beliefs; the beliefs themselves are more often than not, inaccurate, or at least outdated.
Knowing where our experience comes from in this way brings a sense of resilience we wouldn't otherwise have. However compelling, we can realise that our feelings in each moment are determined solely from our deeper thoughts and beliefs.
"Thought creates our world and
Every feeling therefore, if we so choose, points towards a fresh realisation about ourselves, and enables us to be resilient through the inevitable ups and downs of life. With resilience, the quality of our thinking increases. We then ask different questions and look in a different direction. And with that comes an ability to not only survive, but to have hope, and to thrive!
The relevance of this for our relationships with individuals, families, communities, organisations, and business is massive, as it enables us to effortlessly increase listening and communication skills, teamwork, collaboration, creativity, innovation, efficiency, and competitive edge while also releasing our innate compassion.
Understanding the nature of thought expands your capacity to be yourself, and therefore to enjoy healthy, caring relationships not only at work but also in your personal life.