60,000 Thoughts a day

That’s right, our brains process 60,000 thoughts each day. I don’t know about you but 60k thoughts is a lot of thoughts. No wonder we have full-scale conversations with ourselves and don’t even realize it.

Now, if you’re wondering how we keep track of all those thoughts or how we could possibly carry out a conversation with anyone else with all those voices going on, here is the answer: Feelings.

Our emotions are the barometer of our thoughts. They are what help us understand all the conversations. They filter and categorize like an internal filing system (our own personal secretary in you will).

The good news is that the filing system allows us to successfully manage all the neurons firing in our brain each day.

The bad news is that our emotions often hijack the 60k thoughts and decide for us which thoughts are real and true and which are not reliable. And as you may have guessed, our emotions can sometimes be like the little homunculus we learned about in early biological theory. For those not familiar, it was thought that a fully formed human being existed inside us and there were many a cartoon that depicted the homunculus sitting on our shoulder arguing back and forth  — you know, all the ‘voices’ in our heads, dictating and judging what to do/not do.

So how do you know if you are being hijacked by an emotional homunculus or not? It’s not that difficult but you have to really listen to your emotions and many of us have lost track of how to do that.

We all have emotional barometers so if you follow a couple easy steps you will be able to train that little internal secretary to file your thoughts more accurately. Here’s how:

1). When something feels right and true and good (no matter how fleeting), make a strong mental note of it – indeed file that thought.

2). When something feels bad and your “innerds” start jumping around in your belly, stop and get conscious of what the thought is – don’t push it away, instead let it wash over you and connect it with what the thought was that created it-and yup, file it.

3). Make yourself see every emotion that occurs and trace it to the original thought that created it. Then you can clearly assess the emotion as a backdrop of the original thought that provoked it. This is also called meta-consciousness and it will help you understand your ‘self’ more.

4). Stay clear of should/must and always/never in your internal dialogue as they are a clear indication that you are being hijacked. Also, if the hair on the back of your neck goes up and you try to ignore it, that’s a sure fire way to know that you are not listening to your true feelings about a thought. Feelings are not all bad and they do try to help us-we just need to help them stay honest.

This may sound complicated and at first you may not enjoy the process, but I can assure you that, with just a little practice, this little exercise can turn your life around, no kidding.

I invite you to try it. Make a game out of it. Those 60,000 thoughts a day deserve it. You are a brilliant mind, body, and spirit. Don’t let the homunculus make you believe bad thoughts about yourself or not believe the good things about you..

The world needs you and if you don’t show up, the world will miss out on an amazing person in this 21st century existence. Your 60,000 thoughts each day deserve to see the light of day — and so many people are waiting for your precious, unique, and amazing gifts. Let’s not let them down – deal?

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