The Ugly Monkey: Are You Stuck in Your Thoughts?

We each have roughly 50,000 – 70,000 thoughts per day, being 35 – 48 thoughts each minute per person. Some research suggests 98 percent of those thoughts are the same ones we experienced yesterday. Such is the circular nature of thinking. Sounds repetitive, doesn’t it!

Are you stuck in your thoughts?

If you choose to watch the nature of worrisome thought, you’ll find it travels in a circuit, always ending up back where it started. Often we will choose to replay the thought, in a vain attempt to try and integrate or understand it.
However, it’s difficult to understand something that doesn’t make any sense. Nor does it make any sense to follow the same line of thinking, even though we have heard the same story many times over.

We are often the pure source of our own suffering, but we try in earnest to put the blame for that suffering anywhere we can, other than to admit our own minds could be the source of it.

Why do we entertain thought that tortures us so? Tortures us with regret, guilt, fear, doubt, judgement and worry to name just a few. What can we learn about reality from our thoughts?

What is reality?

We have fixed ideas about what reality is, but those ideas are born of the conditions we grew under i.e we learnt them from others. When we look at thinking, when we really look, we find that thought is not reliable for anything other than practical purposes.

As soon as thought leads to story and judgement, reality is lost.

You only have to look at the acts seemingly normal people are capable of committing when they follow thought, to know that thinking can descend into seriously unhealthy and even dangerous places. This is also mirrored by the collective at times.

People can be polarised frighteningly easily with fear based projections. If you don’t believe that, have a look at the people we are voting into power, and our collective lean towards right wing government.

We are obsessed with safety, and as a consequence suffer horrendously because we are transient in this physical existence. In essence, we are in resistance to our own existence.

We will attach to anything or anyone who triggers our primitive brain, to try and make safe that which cannot be made safe.

Life is not safe and is not stable!

This is incredibly threatening to a mind seeking stability and safety, and because it cannot be made safe, the mind runs in circles constantly trying to assess the un-assessable.

Everything that is pitched to you, is pitched through a media that knows the general public is asleep at the wheel. It’s simple, psychological manipulation, and it’s been going on since the year dot. Make no mistake, collective unconsciousness is great business.

What we often tend to fail to realise is that we have the power to become the watcher of our own thinking, and to choose what to follow. If we can follow torturous thought, then certainly it stands to reason we can do the opposite. How can we do that? Practise! Once we get clear with our own thinking, a matrix of illusion starts to give way, and you begin to see the holes in what you have been taught.

Damn Neo, you should have taken the blue pill!

If you can stand back from your own thinking and see what’s happening, then the thinking of others starts to lose its grip on you, and the reality of life itself starts to make its presence felt. Instinct, perception, clarity, acceptance and compassion begin to take place of the illusionary. You fall into the flow of life, and the reality of it is so simple. You are here, now, as the witnessing presence of everything.

It’s time to wake up!

If we really want to know what safety is, then collectively we need to wake up. Or we can stay asleep like a group of people on stage with a hypnotist, we can continue to behave like brain washed monkeys.

The choice is there, reality is what you decide it is and it always has been. Reality for the want of a better term is a thin wedge, and the only safe way to assess that wedge is through the perception that life itself gave us.

The words rational and reality are projections of your insides, not the issues which make up the outside conditions that you believe create the quality of your life.

The quality of your life is down to you and you alone. Dream up a good reality!

Grant Giles created Sports Supports after 30 years as both an athlete and coach, and 10 years studying ego psychology. Grant understands first hand what it takes to succeed in sport, regardless of which sport this is, and what level you are competing at. Not only does Grant understand the ego at an athletic level, Grant has also suffered from anxiety and depression throughout his life, having experienced first hand the debilitating effects of the mind. Grant has an easy, caring nature that allows him to meet his clients in a way that creates an ease that allows him to facilitate personal growth whether that be on a sporting or personal level, or both.

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