Mindset - Part 3 - I Think, Therefore I Am

In the 17th century, the French philosopher Rene Descartes came up with the "explanation for it all": I think, therefore I am.

His statement really is a fill-in-the-blanks formula. "I think _________, therefore I am _____________." In other words, “I think WHAT therefore I am WHAT“, "I think I am angry, therefore I am angry." "I think I am tired, therefore I am tired." "I think I am busy, therefore I am busy."

Try This Practice: Find & Replace

Next time you find yourself feeling upset with someone (I think I am upset, therefore I am upset), replace that thought with, "I think I am at peace, therefore I am at peace". Of course, this is not a magic pill that instantly will change your reality (it might in some cases, but in other cases it may take a while).

What it will do is change your perception of the situation. All of a sudden, it places you on the outside of your attitudes, "looking at them" rather than "being them". You, as the observer, can stand back and see "you" the "action figure" (or the actor if you will) choosing to play the role of "I am upset", "I am angry", "I am at peace", "I am too busy", "I am hurt", etc.

Once you start saying "I think I am at peace, therefore I am at peace" something shifts. It lets you see that there is another option. You are not cemented into your reactions -- they are a choice, even though we've often overlooked the fact that we had a choice. Saying I am at peace, (even if we don't feel it in the moment) helps shift our attitude from upset and anger, to a focus on choosing inner peace.

"I think ______________, therefore I am ____________". It's up to you to fill in the blanks with the reality you desire, not the one you don't. You can change our reality. You can make a difference in your lives and in the lives of the people around you and in the world.

Make your own Sadhana Mantra:
I think I am going to SUCCEED in this; therefore I am going to SUCCEED in this.
I think I am SUCCESSFUL, therefore I am SUCCESSFUL.
I think I am going to buy this car on “THIS DATE”; therefore I am going to buy this car on “THIS DATE”. (“THIS DATE”=Any date you want to choose.)
I think I am completing this project on deadline; therefore I am completing this project on deadline.

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