Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Auto Correct Fantasy

Imagine if your mind worked like the software in your computer and every time you had a thought that was a complaint, self deprecating, unkind in reference to others, or negative in any way. . .it would automatically correct itself. 
Stuart Miles

Imagine how you would feel if the litany of complaints that you think about your life would be interrupted and exchanged for the things you're grateful for. 

Imagine how much more productive you would be if auto-correct changed your thoughts about your fears to ways you can live your dreams.

Imagine how much more creative you would be if when you made a mistake, auto correct would stop you from spiraling down to a place where your creativity would hide in fear of making another error, to trying again and again until you get it right. 

Imagine how much more you would enjoy nature when auto correct would stop you from day dreaming during sunsets or drives through the mountains. 

Imagine how much better your relationships would be if auto-correct shifted your thoughts from blaming someone else to loving them as you seek to understand and to be understood. 

Imagine how nice it would be to not put your foot in your mouth if auto-correct stopped you from saying something you'd regret later. 

Although this sounds like a fantasy, auto-correct is actually possible for each of us. Unfortunately, it won't come with new software, where we are passive and it just happens. It comes with practiced awareness and presence in each moment. 

The next time you notice your mind taking you in a direction that makes you feel uncomfortable, uneasy, angry, resentful, jealous, vengeful, fearful or any other way that is not contributing to the life you want, choose to correct that thought. 

Exchange each negative thought for something else that feels better. Breathe as you make this shift. Repeat often. Soon you will find that your auto-correcct mechanism is working spontaneously because your mind's software will be programmed just the way you want it. 

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