Now, I can understand if this video seems harsh. My intention was not to upset anyone because we now know that many of these issues ARE much deeper than they are portrayed in this show. BUT… There is also an important message for us today.
We are coming into 2019. We have an opportunity to be very clear, to release old programs, old fears, old patterns. And we can release them almost instantly (especially when compared to 50 years ago which might have required years of therapy).
The time between our intention and manifestation of something is becoming shorter and shorter.
And so, the ability to edit our thought patterns can truly happen incredibly quickly.
Do, or Do Not. There is No Try – Yoda
Have you ever wanted to do something? Get fit, quit smoking, drinking, gambling, date a nice person, get up early, have some fun…
The reality is that if we want to stop smoking, then the only thing to do is… stop. It doesn’t matter about our childhood, our stresses at work, our star-sign or anything else. If we want to stop, eventually, the answer will be… to stop.
If we want to lose weight and get fit, then we must start walking every day or do something small that we can do. We can talk about all the reasons that we haven’t up until now. We can talk and talk and talk. We can have compassion for everything that we have been through in our lives. But the reality is that if we want to get fit, then we have to start using our bodies. Nothing else actually matters.
The same goes for the conversations that we have in our minds. If we find ourselves having old conversations over again or imagining new conversations with people you are angry with or sexy conversations with people you’ve never met, then the only discipline we need is to stop it.
Yes, we may have issues from our childhood, our past relationships, and even past lives. But it is only US in THIS moment who have the power to decide what we are going to replay in our minds. Regardless of what has ever happened in our lives up until this point, we have total power over what we choose to think about.
And the worst thing is that the whole time that our minds are spinning on events, conversations and things that AREN’T ACTUALLY HAPPENING, we are not living here in this moment. We have no idea where we are, who we are with or what is happening around us.
We have totally stopped living in THIS moment.
Personally, I really love this skit. When my mind gets spinning on an upsetting topic, I can end up in a pretty dark place. But then I think about this skit and I hear Bob Newhart’s voice in my mind “STOP IT!”… It shocks me a little, stops the madness in my mind for a moment and then I realize that I don’t want to be thinking about this – it isn’t healthy and it isn’t doing me any good.
I have shown this video to many friends. It has become a friendly reminder when one of us is spinning on something unhealthy… One friend will stop the other and say (in Bob Newhart’s tone), “Hey… Stop it!” We immediately recognize that we’re doing it again, have a giggle, and then get on to a more enjoyable topic.
And so, this is my wish for you going forward – to be able to use the conviction of Bob Newhart’s voice to help you clear your mind and find peace. The voices, dramas and fears that continue to fill our minds can be very persistent and we have all kinds of accompanying thoughts that help them stay there.
And so, perhaps a quiet neti-neti will be enough to let those thoughts go.
But if that doesn’t work, then just hear a loud “STOP IT!” and send those thoughts packing.
It might seem silly. But it is incredibly effective. And soon, we are back in the present, remembering where we are and, if we are lucky, feeling thankful for what is.
And finding peace… here in the life that is happening right now.