Many wise teachers I’ve encountered pronounce this Truth (Alan Watts, Peta Kelly, Florence Nightingale, among many others):
Your thoughts become your reality.
So, in order to live a good life, think about what you want more of in life.
One experiment is the idea of your core desired feelings.
Our culture has a strong bias towards the material, which goes also for goals in life.
A big house, a cool car, a lot of money
You know how it goes.
These things might be important.
What is more important, though, is what it gives us: pleasure.
Our worlds are composed of the feelings and thoughts and images we experience in every single moment.
To me, the most real thing, is the feeling tone of this present moment.
Think about it, is there anything that you do – eat, sleep, jog, brush teeth, not for the sake of feeling? A car might make you feel admired and important, a house influential, and money might make you feel powerful.
Even brushing your teeth might make you feel content, safe in the assurance that you will be healthy and live a bit longer.
Most people don’t realise that everything we do is because we wish to feel a certain way.
There are so many ways we can go about feeling the way that we enjoy. However, first we must figure out what we want to feel!
On new years eve I decided on my core desired feelings for 2017: (I managed to narrow it down to 6 key words, and I’ve added a lot of words because they seem related in my feeling/experience-world, which allows me to understand and comprehend them emotionally and physically, too, and not just mentally!)
Abundance: gratitude, appreciation, financial freedom
Ease, peacefulness, presence
Love, connection, Unity, Belonging, intimacy, family
Joyous childlike innocence, awe wonder enthusiasm and playfulness, bliss
Confidence or Towering Power of masculinity, strength, decisiveness
I’ve rehearsed these almost daily, and I’m feeling these feelings at least 8 times more than I did before setting these intentions (amazing, huh!)
My insight into how I want to feel changes and refines over time, and Now it’s around 8:
Ease, peacefulness, presence, relaxation, pleasantness, enjoyment
Joy; Celebration, childlike innocence, awe, wonder, curiosity, enthusiasm and excitement
Confidence (towering power of masculine strength, integrity, decisiveness)
Freedom, grace, flowing, harmonious, balanced, Trusting, Let Go
Gentleness, loving, caring, compassion, humble
Supported Cared for, held, loved, safe, secure, Trusting
Appreciation, gratitude, abundance
Connected, deep abiding, centered, grounded, present