This morning, I remembered an exercise in one of my doctoral classes. The professor gave the following instructions: “Students, get comfortable, close your eyes and get ready to think. I am going to set a timer for one minute and I want you to think about whatever you want with the exception of cotton candy. Do not think about cotton candy. Think about anything else you desire. Ready, set, go! Get to thinking!” Chuckles soon broke the silence in the classroom. Why? Well, guess what we started thinking about? Cotton candy of course.
This was a powerful illustration on how our minds work. When we try to suppress or subdue our thoughts we actually think more about those thoughts not less. Our thoughts are powerful and they shape our lives. Our thoughts influence how we feel and ultimately alter how we act. They form our realities, determine our values and define how we view others and ourselves. Read more!