I recently started reading Co-creating at Its Best: A Conversation Between Master Teachers by Dr. Wayne Dyer and Esther Hicks. One of the points that has come up several times in this book is the importance of feeling good immediately when waking up in the morning, and then sustaining the good feeling for as long as possible through the day.
Feel Good Little by Little
One suggestion in the book is to work our way up to feeling good all day in increments of time. Focus on feeling good for the first minutes, then hour of the day. Work on feeling good through breakfast at first, then work on extending the feeling through lunch, and eventually through the entire day.
The idea of feeling good through breakfast at first makes the idea of converting from a person who feels good only part of the time to one who feels good the majority of the time seem much less overwhelming. There is a momentum of our thoughts and feelings. Good feelings make it easier to have more good feelings, while not-so-good thoughts and feelings tend to lead us down the path of more not-so-good thoughts and feelings.
Last night I decided that I would try this feel good through breakfast thing today. As soon as I woke up, I started to focus on my thoughts and feelings and guided them to stay on the good side for a little while longer. I meditated for 20 minutes, which always feels good, and I did 10 minutes of restorative yoga.
While I feel pretty masterful of my thoughts and feelings during my timed meditation, I notice that my first thoughts in the morning and even my thoughts during yoga aren’t always as pure. My mind wanders to thoughts about things I want to change (rather than feeling as if things are already as I want them to be), little worries about forgetting to do something or being late for something or not getting something done on time, or other things that don’t serve me.
Feel Good Imperfectly
When those thoughts came up, I remembered my objective: to feel good through breakfast. My life is being created by my thoughts, and more importantly, my feelings. If I am constantly worrying about being behind, then I can expect to always feel that way. I’m not exactly interested in repeating that feeling forever.
No one is going to have 100% perfect thoughts and feelings all day everyday. But we can identify the not-so-good thoughts and consciously choose to change them, one by one, to help ourselves feel better and better.
I intend to feel good not only through breakfast but through bedtime. Anyone can do it. We are meant to feel good, and have access to feeling good at anytime. No matter what anyone else says or might think.
We don’t have to wait until a new day to feel good. We can choose to feel good for the next five seconds at first. Feeling good is a choice that we are privileged to make.
How do you switch your thoughts from not-so-good to better? Please share your thoughts!