Modern culture often teaches us to ignore thinking beyond what is necessary to fit into the industrial machine, producing products and profit.
You go to work, make your money, and pay out the money to survive.
If you are one of the few, you work the system and become financially free and affluent, but that is only 1% of the population, and even then you may still be indoctrinated into not thinking about what you are doing.
Are you living an automatically programmed difficult life?
You have been programmed, like many of us, to become stressed by living in the industrial system, hand over your money to pay for things you do not need, obey the rules and never question what you are actually doing or how you are living your life.
Then comes depression, anxiety and a whole host of illness that you would not have if you lived a more mindful life preceded by thought.
“But that’s the system,” you say to yourself
Well it is not. It is the system that you have talked yourself into and allowed yourself to be talked into by others.
The majority of schools are designed to produce children who will become workers, not happy, healthy people.
Maybe you are doing what other people around you are doing just because you want to fit in or you don’t know any other way. You are simply going from day to day on automatic pilot.
If you died tomorrow, could you say you were really happy?
To answer this question, you need to start by thinking about each of your thoughts, actions, behaviours and emotions that you are creating by the way you operate.
You need to learn to create your experience by the very thoughts you create, examining them minutely, carefully and asking yourself: Will those thoughts take me to where I say I want to go on my life’s journey?
It’s called meta-cognition – thinking about thinking.
Examine your thoughts:
- Do they serve you?
- Do they need to be replaced with better thoughts?
- What thoughts could give you a better or good life experience?
- Are you prepared to think differently from the people around you?
If you are self-monitoring you are testing to see if the thoughts you are creating are producing the results you say you want.
But 99% of people do not self-monitor. They live on automatic pilot and rarely engage in intellectual self-examination. They are following what they think is the shiny thing like new handbags, updated cars, houses that are too large for them.
So what can you do to be existentially mindful?
- Ask questions along the lines of ‘Where is my life now and what do I want it to be like?’
- Take action now to bring those goals forward and check you are on course each day.
- Clearly identify your life values and live by them every day in each action you take.
- Be prepared to change course when something is not working out for you.
- Remember family, extended family, love and happiness trumps everything else.
- Surround yourself with other people who think before they act because you become infused with the thoughts of the closest people to you – but only if you choose to be.
Tracie O’Keefe is a clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist with more than 20 years’ experience. She is a member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) College of Psychotherapy, Australian Hypnotherapists Association (AHA), and author of Inspiration for Survive and Prosper: Personal Transformation Out of Crisis.
She practices in her clinic in Sydney, Australia, and consults by Skype.
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