Saturday, August 9, 2014

Can I stop the Train?

Good Morning Friends and Clients!
I hope your summer has been filled with family fun and sunshine!! We have been on the go like crazy ... which occasionally kicks my critical, self-judgement brain into full gear when I've over indulged or munched too often on easy to grab junk food due to stress or time constraints ... Here's a blog/e-mail note from Rapheal Cushner that really helped me this week.  
Hope you like it! 
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...You can always stop the train.

What does that mean? No matter how long you've let a negative train of thought run, whether one of critcism, shame, judgment or blame, as you soon as you become aware of the train, you can stop it immediately. That's true if it's been running for minutes, or days.

Here's how: Just look for the last thought you had. Truth is, it's gone. You can't find it.

That's because the nature of thought is different from emotion. While emotions move through the dense physical matter of your body, thoughts are like instantaneous electrical flashes. Just as soon as they arise, they're no longer present.

This looking and not finding creates just enough space for you to maneuver, to decide what happens next. One option is to turn to your body and see if there are lingering feelings that either have been propelling the train, or have resulted from it. If feelings are present, it's a great idea to surf them till you return to a state of expanded presence. This often takes just a minute or so.

Another option is to consciously board a different and more positive train. This could be a train of thought, but it could also be a task, a conversation, or a physical activity that serves your highest good.

The key point is that awareness brings choice. Always. So it's a great practice to be on the lookout for all trains of thought, and to only let them proceed if you want to. It doesn't matter how often you've been laid low by negative trains of thought before, or how seemingly hopeless it's been to avoid their fallout.

Every moment creates a new possibility. Plus, each time you stop a damaging train of thought, it gets easier to do so the next time.

We've almost all heard that old saying, "You can't afford the luxury of a negative thought." Maybe so, but that's only helpful if you know how to stop them.

Now you do.  

In Spirit and Loving Connection,


Raphael 
Raphael Cushnir
Raphael Cushnir is a leading voice in the world of emotional connection and present moment awareness. He has shared his unique approach to personal and professional development with millions of readers in O, The Oprah Magazine, Beliefnet, Spirituality and Health, Psychology Today and the Huffington Post. He has also authored six books, lectures worldwide, and is a faculty member of the Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute, and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. In addition, he coaches individuals and teams at Fortune 100 companies, governments, religious organizations, and leading non-profits. For more info: cushnir.com
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