Thinking purposefully

Everything humans have made on this earth was first a thought – I mean EVERYTHING: money, cars, bridges, roads, Spam, hotdogs, medicine, landfills, hulahoops, styrofoam, computers, governments . . . think of one thing that was NOT first a thought. Yesterday, I wrote about how my word creates my world. My words could not exist if it were not for the thoughts my mind crafts with instantaneous precision.

 The mind is programmed to function continuously and relentlessly, and our thoughts form the words we say and the actions we perform. Thinking itself might be involuntary and many times thoughts are there bursting uncontrollably in our brains. Incredibly, though, we have the ability to monitor our thoughts, to change our thoughts, and to think purposefully.

 I believe it is our eternal presence who is always aware and nudges us to pay attention to what we are thinking before we speak or act. My presence exists only in this present moment and by connecting with the present, I connect with my presence, and can be aware to watch my thoughts, create my thoughts, and ask my mind to come up with a different thought. We all use our minds purposefully. How many times have you asked yourself to find a solution for a problem and you managed to think of one? How many times have you decided that you wanted to do something and found a way to do it? You used the power of your mind and your ability to manage your thinking process. It is an incredible power that we don’t use as effectively as we might.

 With our thoughts, we created a system of survival on this earth that is failing us. In order to create a system that will sustain us, we need to transcend the consciousness that created our current systems. More on this tomorrow.  

 ©2010 by Barbara L. Kass

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12 Responses to “Thinking purposefully”

  1. sandiwhite Says:

    Barbara, I read this with an indecently huge smile on my face, well, indecent for this early in the morning! This thinking purposefully is a practice that I have been practicing for a while now, not quite perfected, but still in the trying out stages. I am going to do a little purposeful living today, when I go to pick up my new hens. They are so hard to find that I wasn’t sure I ever would be able to own any, so my intention this day is for a safe and successful trip and great day all around. You have a Wonderful Day and thanks for this great lift to my morning.

  2. holessence Says:

    Barbara – I resonate strongly with what you’ve shared here in your blog this morning:

    To think ON purpose (create my thoughts)
    To think WITH purpose (use our minds purposefully)

    It has been said, “What we think about, we bring about.” Our thoughts, then, should be positive, uplifting, constructive and healing.

    Thank you for another thought-provoking blog. Have a GREAT week!

  3. Kathy Smith Says:

    This blog reminds me and helps me to be more cause over life. Between this and Laurie Buchanan’s blog on “stress” [http://holessence.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/pins-and-needles/ ], which let me here, I feel I just need to fix a healthy breakfast, meditate for a few minutes and write out my day’s ‘to do’s’ I choose. Grateful for being a part of these friendships.

    Without goals, hopes, ambitions or dreams, the attainment of pleasure is nearly impossible. Thanks for sharing. ~Kathy

    • Barbara Kass Says:

      Hi, Kathy — thank you so much for visiting! Your morning sounds wonderful. I think I manage the healthy breakfast part every day, and write before I go to work. Now, I am trying to work in morning meditation. I hear you loud and clear on the attainment of pleasure — we need our dreams and ambitions to help get us there.

  4. Snoopykg1 Says:

    Wow. Makes me want to be very diligent about my thoughts and how they are an influence on things that I am not even aware of.

    Thanks for the foord for thought!

    Kim

    • Barbara Kass Says:

      Kim — you strike me as the kind of person who is probably thinking good things most of the times anyway. As I told Laurie above, I just got home from work and am about to go visiting. See you soon.

  5. Snoopykg1 Says:

    Yes….I think good thougts….my probem is that I think too much about what others think as well and some of my good thoughts get somehow put on the shelf, kind of like putting myself on tht shelf to hold until others needs are met…….Thats what usually gets me in trouble……
    Working on it though….

    Kim

  6. balancekirsten Says:

    Thanks Barbara! You’re so right. I need to realize this more. Recently I haven’t been in such a good state. Thoughts, pins & needles…

    Love!

    • Barbara Kass Says:

      Hi, Kirsten! thank you so much for visiting me. My site is still a work in progress and so far everyone has brought such good energy. I know you are embarking on a new job, joining the law firm, and adjusting to it. You will be wonderful.

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