“Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.” – Voltaire
Believe what you want to and Live Life Consciously! Here is my personal story to illustrate my point:
Many years ago I was in the habit of going to lunch on occasion with my boss. I looked up to him as a mentor and really enjoyed our time together. One day I saw that he had taken one of my female colleges to lunch also. I was surprised and a little hurt, so I said to him, “I wanted to believe that I was special and that our time together was meaningful.” He said simply, “Believe what you want.”
This statement hit me hard as a profound teaching that day, although I doubt it was meant as such at the time. I asked myself, what DID I want to believe? We each have that choice many times during the day to think and believe what we want. We may however be so unaware of our beliefs that we have advocated our freedom to choose.
The way you identify a belief that brings you down is to notice your feelings. If your interpretation of events feels bad to you, it’s based on a belief that does not serve you, so consider changing it to one that feels better.
In the above case one could choose a belief of not being good enough, or inferior to others? Or one could choose to believe that men are users and not to be trusted, due to feelings of mistrust or fear? OR would you choose to believe as I wanted to, that our lunches together were because I was held in high esteem?
People have the tendency to favor information that confirms their beliefs or fears, it’s called confirmation bias. People also tend to interpret ambiguous evidence as supporting their existing position. However, it is up to you to change your beliefs.
Why not choose your thoughts and beliefs that support you and the highest good? Use your free will and your power to choose daily and establish the beliefs that are most uplifting. Choose the thoughts and beliefs that make you happy and put a smile on your face. It’s not hard. It is just a choice.
“Life is about choices.
Choose each thought and feeling with conscious intention.
These thoughts repeated become your beliefs.”
~Lindsay S Godfree
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