Hola Gorgeous one
I say “Hola” because I am writing this blog from the beautiful Spanish speaking Island of the Dominican Republic where my husband, my son (who’s 11), and I have enjoyed a two -week family holiday.
It’s been a truly relaxing break and spending quality time with my little family has been priceless!
I got the time to think a lot about the practices I have been learning about and putting in place. Like ‘thoughts have power’, ‘you create your own reality‘ and ‘conscious creation’.
So at our welcome meeting, the first thing the Tour Rep said to us was “Don’t turn left at the Beach”. She told us that we can turn right and walk along the beach no problem. But she explained that for our own safety we should not turn left. She advised that on the left it was not that pretty and definitely not safe! The next morning I got up really early and met with a security guard with a gun! (crumbs!) who also advised “don’t turn left at the beach”.
Consequently, for the first week, I only turned right during my morning walks. I would walk, listen to the waves, take pictures, enjoy my power breaths, and allow my toes to sink into the wet sand and my thoughts to be free. This is such a soothing, meditative practice for me. I would go so far and then turn back towards the direction of the hotel. I would then grab a coffee at the café and write in my journal whilst the sun ascended higher into the sky. Idyllic really.
As I would look up from my writing and out towards the ocean, I regularly noticed other tourist walking left along the beach and they seemed perfectly OK. Eventually, curiosity got the better of me.
Want to know what happened when I turned left at the beach?
Well…..I made two attempts but had to make hasty retreats! The first time, I was scared off by two local deep-sea divers walking towards me with what appeared like spear like weapons and then the second time I got chased away by what I decided was a rabid dog which appeared out of nowhere! (Even though, seconds before another tourist was standing right where I was headed!)
Why was going on? I will tell you what. FEAR had got into my mindset and was getting in my way! Due to the tour rep’s warning and the gun-toting security guard – my mindset had been tainted. I realised that my thoughts were affecting my experience.
Effect of thought on circumstance
This reminded me of a quote from the book; ‘As a Man Thinketh’ by James Allen. Years ago I had an adapted version entitled, “As a Woman Thinketh”.
“Just as a gardener cultivates her plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits…..so may a woman tend the garden of her mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts”
It turns out that the reason for not turning left at the beach may have been more of an aesthetic one. There was a particularly dirty and unsightly looking river (due to local littering) that run’s down from the mountains and flows into the ocean as soon as you turn left at the beach. Something the tour company probably don’t want tourists to see. Now, I am not saying that one shouldn’t listen to your Tour Rep’s advice. Because there may well have been a safety issue attached to their warning (remember the gun-toting security guard?). Some people when told not to do something will go ahead and do it. That’s not me. Always do your due diligence. Especially when on unfamiliar territory.
My main point in all of this is noticing the effect of thoughts on your circumstances and how one really has to watch one’s mind, almost like an observer. Also the power of the mind. A reminder that your thoughts create your reality. And how we have to pay attention to what information is going in; how we process it; and what comes out.
“It’s interesting because manifesting pretty much anything I want has been really working for me just lately. This was a reverse situation. Great lesson for me..”
So check in with what is going on in your circumstances; correlate it to what is going on in your mind. What have you been thinking about? Who have you been listening to?
Meditation and observing one’s mind will help you. If you falter (a-hem) that’s OK. Just bring yourself back and notice what is going on in your circumstances is directly related to what is going on in your mind.
The worksheets in my Limiting Belief Buster Workbook will help with noticing the thoughts you are keeping. Please feel free to download it below (its Free)!
So, for now…..adios amiga!