“Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results” -James Allen
In Steve Jobs biography it is written that Steve felt thought patterns were like grooves on a record. The mind will generally stay in that groove unless you change it. I relate to this a little differently. I call it the thought snowball.
When I was working alone out in the field one day at Arrington Vineyards, seven years ago, my thoughts started to turn negative. Immediately one bad thought brought on the next. Within seconds I was pissed off and discontent. I stopped what I was doing and immediately repeated a few simple prayers. Then the thoughts stopped and my mind calmed down. I remember thinking, If I thought that way all the time I would have to start drinking again just to get some relief.
Now the prayers didn’t make me feel all spiritual they just neutralized my mind. I broke the pattern by doing something different. That is when I realized that one negative thought is like a big snowball rolling down a hill. The snowball attracts more snow just like a negative thought attracts more negative thinking. The thoughts gain momentum until you become pissed off and discontented with your life. You must break the pattern as soon as you recognize it.
The Is A Cure
Fortunately the snowball principle works both ways. If I think about something I am grateful for or some positive thought, it attracts another positive, grateful thought just like it. As the “gratitude snowball” travels downhill it picks up more and more positive thoughts until joyful energy is beating out of every pore of my being.
How would you prefer to live? What is your experience breaking negative thought patterns? Do you think positive thoughts will mold a better life for you?