My daughter recently asked me to compose my ‘Top Ten Favourite Songs of All Time’ list. Of course, once you start thinking about music, invariably a song gets stuck in your head – an earworm, so to speak. I went around the house singing Gordon Lightfoot’s If you Could Read my Mind for days!
As I was singing and noticing the words, I realized that ear worms are an awful lot like those mindless thoughts we have that can be so debilitating. You know what I mean: I’m too fat, I’m too old, I’m not smart enough, I don’t have what it takes. The poppycock thoughts.
These negative thoughts can fill our brains and have a powerful impact not only how we feel emotionally, but how we feel physically. And because these thoughts are so sneaky, we often aren’t aware of them. For example, you might think that you’re thinking you’d love a great new job, or to win a lottery or let go of a bunch of extra weight: but what thoughts are really running through your head? Do you think about all the cool things you’d buy if you scored a windfall, or do you obsess over your finances right now? Do you imagine yourself feeling energetic and slim, or do you constantly marinate in your current state of displeasure with your body?
If you’re constantly focused on what you don’t want, not only does it make you miserable, but you’ll be blinded to opportunities around you that will help you get to what you do want. Be aware of your thoughts this week – and every time you catch yourself focusing on what you don’t want; consciously shift your thoughts to what you’d like to have. And let me know how it works out for you!
And on a related note, pay attention to the lyrics of those songs that fill your ears and sometimes get stuck on replay in your head. If the words are disempowering in any way, you will be impacted. Pay attention when you catch yourself singing: I keep bleeding love or please, don’t leave me. (I make a habit of changing the lyrics of songs I like to promote a more empowering message when necessary. Listeners nearby might think I’ve learned the words incorrectly, but they’re the right words for me!)
Until next time,
I wish you vibrant health and a beautiful day!