Our Thoughts

“Choose your thoughts carefully. Keep what brings you peace, release what brings you suffering, and know that happiness is just a thought away.” ~ Nishan Panwar …

The thoughts we keep in our head have a considerable impact on the happiness we experience throughout the day. This is an important idea, as most of us generally pay very little attention to what we allow into our minds. For instance, when you watch or read the news in the morning, what is generally fed into your mind? I would bet that there are quite a few words such as “terrorist,” “killed,” “guilty,” “murder,” and things of this sort. And when we begin our morning with any negativity, we tend to carry some of that on our mind throughout the day… whether we intend it or not.

But what do our thoughts look like if we start off our day in peaceful reflection? They are thoughts of kindness, compassion, generosity, love, and on and on. Those thoughts have tremendous potential to fill us with peace, contentment, and happiness throughout the day. Additionally, we enable ourselves to become peace crusaders–champions of spreading peace and happiness into the thoughts and hearts of those around us.

The peace we hold within us is a very delicate thing, and any of the multitudes of outside influences can disturb it. Be mindful of what you let in, and be careful what you let out. Doing so allows us to spread happiness, love, and peace throughout the world, removing a portion of the misery, pain, and discontent that is experienced by all.

Be mindful of the thoughts you dwell on.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of thoughts do you generally begin your day with? Where do we develop such habits?

How often do you consider how the thoughts in your mind affect your inner peace and happiness?

What are some peaceful and pleasant thoughts you have experienced recently? How have they affected you?

For further thought:

“Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

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