Guard Your Thoughts

Hello friends and happy Monday. Welcome to the beginning of the work week. Nobody likes Mondays but instead of complaining and dragging your feet all day lets try to get a new perspective. Monday is your first chance to get on the right track and make some positive changes in your life.

I admit my morning didn’t start so well. I woke up late, but that’s normal, and I misjudged the amount of time I had to get ready. I made it into work with just seconds to spare. I feel like I’m forgetting things now. I feel tired and I feel irritable. I feel off and I am slowly getting angry and I believe that the universe is against me. By 10 AM I decided today was just going to be a bad day and there was nothing I could do about it.

“Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.”

― Gautama Buddha

My thoughts had already run away and taken me somewhere I never intended to go. I didn’t choose to be grouchy, or irritable, or angry. I didn’t choose to become a Negative Nancy and almost lose a whole day because I decided it was over before noon. Those feelings happened because I didn’t guard my thoughts. I wasn’t being mindful and present. I wasn’t choosing to change my path when I could.

Nothing that happened today was as bad as I thought. Nothing really went wrong, it just wasn’t ideal. I had a few setbacks, yes, but I could’ve started over at any point. It wasn’t the universe preventing that from happening, it wasn’t my coworkers, or my girlfriend, or the kids I work with. It was me.

It’s true what they say you are your own worst enemy.

Our moods are also affected by things we aren’t entirely aware of. Our blood sugar levels, the amount of sleep we got last night, whether our bodies are fighting off illness, mental illness, the weather, hell, even the bacteria living in our gut get a say. The important thing is to be aware of how you are doing and what you are thinking and place responsibility where it really belongs.

Other people do not decide your mood, you do, in as much as it can be determined. Even if a lot of it is out of your control, awareness of your thoughts can go a long way to improving your mood or seeing things more rationally. If you can figure out why you are feeling the way you do, and whether it can be fixed or must be let go, you are doing well. It starts with mindfulness and self-awareness.

Our thoughts can run wild if unchecked. Our thoughts can sweep us very far off track and next thing you know, you’ve lost a whole day to a bad mood. Do your best to be mindful and present in your own head. Don’t lose yourself in emotional turmoil that could be avoided. Guard your thoughts and see if things don’t get a little better today.

 

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

11 thoughts on “Guard Your Thoughts”

  1. Boycott
    “Star Wars”
    Violence is NOT entertainment
    Cowboys and Indians, the shoot-out at the OK Corral,
    the US Cavalry and the US Marines as
    “Entertainment”
    brings you
    “Shooting Up YOUR Neighborhood”

    COMING SOON

    Right up your alley

    Stop ALL Wars

    Start with killing

    “Star Wars”

    (Any chance of “Peace” in space?)
    Teach your kids to say “NO” to the American culture of violence

    The above is a “poster” in various large fonts, Just an “opinion”, not a Command. Below is my song “Satisfied” (Much more positive)

    Satisfied
    I had my porridge this morning
    Grateful for the helping
    And I guess I was satisfied.

    I don’t need “can’t get no satisfaction”
    I don’t need “still haven’t found what I’m lookin’ for”
    Cause I’ve got gratitude and I’m satisfied.

    I had a salad for supper last night
    Grateful that I’m eating right,
    And I guess, I guess, I’m satisfied.

    Bright chords, C, F, G progression. Simple, plain satisfied.

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  2. Yeah, I agree. I feel like that if you wake up in the wrong state of mind, that can sometimes ruin your whole day. Even if nothing bad is going on and nobody is really doing anything to upset you.

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    1. I wake up in the wrong state of mind most days simply because I’d rather stay in bed lol. After that everything is a hassle and makes me absolutely miserable. I like to stop and really try to pin point what the problem is, when I can’t come up with anything besides “I wish I was still sleeping” being angry feels kind of silly.

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      1. Yeah, same here. But with me, I know what the problem is and I know staying in bed won’t fix the problem or change what’s happened. So I get up, accepting what I can’t change and try my best to move forward.

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        1. Funny, my comments are getting moderated off news sites, like I’m some kind of weirdo (maybe?) Not free to critciize Star Wars on Bell/Media property (sites). Bell/Media being a major promoter, of course. Probably Disney shareholders, possibly Subway’s “Doctor’s Assocites” into shares and promo. How much “acclaim” for Star Wars from financial backers?

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  3. I had a day like this last week- I let my thoughts get away from me as you said and my whole day was gone- I let one bad meeting at work ruin my day, make me think I hated my job, it’s like a snowball effect… this is a great reminder to have on a monday, thank you!

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    1. Yes exactly! A snowball effect! Something goes wrong and we just can’t let it go and after that everything we have to do makes us more miserable and all our negative thoughts are reinforced. It’s a terrible waste of a day.

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