I was reading a post that a friend created on Facebook. I am going to call her Anne. It went something along the lines of she had to travel to London on the train tomorrow and there will be a strike. She made up this scenario of thousands of people trying to cram themselves onto a train to get into London. Anne thought she would be late for a meeting. She was worrying that she would be late and so the thoughts went on.
Anne was thinking about the future, and the future hasn’t happened yet. It is in our imaginations. It isn’t reality. Just the like the past – it was our reality once, but not any longer. The only reality we have is now in this moment. The future isn’t our reality because it hasn’t happened yet.
So today, in her actual reality, Anne has found that the train she got on was fairly empty, she got a seat and she got to London on time for her meeting. This is Anne’s reality now.
All that worrying Anne did about whether she would be late, be squashed on a train made her anxious in the moment. That was her reality. Anxious thinking. Anne’s imagination had created this whole scenario and she believed it.
We have somewhere in the region of 80,000 thoughts a day. Some of them we are totally unaware of, these thoughts are the ones that keep us alive. We don’t consciously think breathe in, breathe out thousands of times a day. We don’t consciously think about driving when we drive. Those thoughts are in our subconscious and run in the background.
The thoughts we are aware of in our conscious mind are the ones that flit in and out of our heads. Some of them we catch and some of them pass through with little or no notice.
We don’t have to believe all the thoughts that appear in our mind. We can recognise them and discard them, we can recognise and believe them. But we don’t have to believe them all, especially the ones that are about future events and how bad or good they are going to be. The future is in our imaginations.
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