Suffering Optional: The Power of Thoughts

Life is all about choices. In every moment that I live and breathe consciously, I have options. So why do I needlessly suffer? My empathy and sensitivity allow me (compel me?) to feel the pain and suffering of the world; friends, family, strangers, animals…I develop attachments; I take on and internalize their suffering as my own. I suffer for and with them; my heart aches as if it is connected to their hearts. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed, as if I have the weight of the world on my shoulders. So is my “gift” a blessing or a curse? The Law of Attraction says It is neither. I have learned that my suffering is a choice. My choice. Suffering is a state of mind, an option, a chosen emotional response to reality, based on attachment to preferred or desired outcomes. I want what I want, which may not be compatible with WHAT IS. I am my own worst enemy, creating and focusing my attention on thoughts that become “barriers” to my productivity and success. Obsessive thoughts threaten my sanity, health and happiness. If I am lost in my thoughts, I lack Awareness of the present moment. I am essentially in a state of Mindlessness, existing, going thru the motions of living. Most thoughts focus on the past (reminiscing, memories, regrets) or the future (planning, worrying, what ifs), which don’t exist in the NOW. Thoughts create actions, or inaction. Thoughts are powerful…I better be aware and choose my thoughts carefully…be mindful…hmmmm

Hey! Guess what? I get it! NOW is all we really have, isn’t it? This moment is happening right NOW so may as well be in it, right? Here’s my plan…first and foremost I’M DOING ME! I am practicing Mindfulness through meditation and positive affirmations. I am learning to focus my attention on what is happening NOW, choosing positive thoughts, maintaining present moment Awareness. I am making progress, taking baby steps to gain control of my life. I am working on acceptance of WHAT IS, rather than aiming for perfection. I am practicing patience (that elusive virtue 😉 trying to live life one moment at a time, slowing down to experience life as it unfolds. Living life on life’s terms. I AM…forever a work in Progress…as we all are…as life is. Perfection is illusory…a lie…but Progress is REAL!
Keep it Real y’all! Thanks for listening to/reading the Discombobulated Musings of a Scorpio Diva

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About Lisa Pearlman

I am a Writer - iphoneographer - Social Media Artist - Content Creator/Curator (Freelancer) I have a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from UMASS-Amherst. My past employment was primarily in human services, having worked as a counselor/case manager in both a residential mental health setting as well as in correctional facilities. My passions include Love, Peace, Writing, Reading, iphoneography, Animal Rights, Human Rights, Spirituality, Meditation, Music, HipHop, Internet Radio & blogging. I believe LOVE has the power to heal all suffering. I am forever a work in progress.
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8 Responses to Suffering Optional: The Power of Thoughts

  1. Great Post!…and timely for me 🙂 Thanks!

    • scorpiol13 says:

      Thanks 4 the feedback Russelle 🙂 I am new to WordPress, just learning the ropes now. Any tips or suggestions would be much appreciated! I am only familiar with Tumblr blogging lol

  2. Your writing really resonates with me. It’s time to take the wheel with both hands instead of playing the blame game. I really liked ” I am learning to focus my attention on what is happening NOW, choosing positive thoughts, maintaining present moment Awareness. I am making progress, taking baby steps to gain control of my life. I am working on acceptance of WHAT IS, rather than aiming for perfection”. It’s OK to be imperfect. Loving myself as I am keeps me in the present instead of futuring which feels like nowhere. Life feels real. Sometimes I feel the temptation to go back on “auto-pilot” when things get really intense, but I’ve had enough experience to know this as a dead road. Rather the passion and aliveness, even though it can get intense, painful or scary at times. May our self-created obstructions become doorways to higher consciousness! Dreamweaver333

    • scorpiol13 says:

      Hi Dreamweaver!
      Thanks for your comment! I was excited to hear you relate to my writing. It seems we are on the same page in life. Do you have a blog? If so, send me a link. I like your screen name btw. I bet u liked the movie Inception!
      Take care 🙂
      Love & Light
      Lisa @Scorpiol13

  3. Hi Scorpio13, thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog. I feel that it is the our intentions (energy signatures) behind our words that matter to the universe. Everything else is optional. I feel truth in you writing and that’s what inspires me. dreamweaver333
    http://dreamweaver333.wordpress.com/

  4. Hi scorpio13! We meet again! I’ve been floating around in your blog and enjoying your offerings.

    I would like to share this post on my blog as well. I hope that is OK. Feel free to share or comment.
    http://dreamweaver333.wordpress.com/
    Gratitude, Cyrus

    • That’s awesome! I am honored! I am still new to the blogging world…I need to get more active & regular with posting. I would like to be more visible in the blog world. Do you find WordPress to be best? I also use Blogger, Tumblr & Posterous. I appreciate any feedback! Namasté ~ love & light to you ~ Peace 🙂

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