Cause and Effect: The Thought-Feeling Link

Have you ever really took the time to think about how your thoughts, actions, words, interpretations, and previous life experiences play a role in creating what you experience in life? Think about it for a moment.

Consider six basically similar people who all experience the same event. For this thought experiment, Let's say that these six people experience their partner treating them inconsiderately. How many different emotional responses to the same event can arise? Person 1 says to herself/himself , "My partner has no right to treat me like this" and feels angry. Person 2 thinks, this lack of consideration means that my partner doesn't love me, and feels depressed. Person 3 believes that "This inconsideration must mean that my partner is thinking about leaving me for someone else" and feels jealous. Person 4 thinks to herself/himself, "I don't deserve to be treated poorly because I always do my best to be considerate to my partner", and feels hurt. Person 5 believes "I must have done something wrong to upset my partner for him/her to treat me like this, and feels guilty. Person 6 thinks, "aha! Now I have a good reason to break up with my partner, which I have been waiting to do for a longtime!", and feels happy. Other people in this same situation may have felt annoyed, disappointed, ashamed, and so on. 

As you can see in example above, very different meanings can be assigned to the same event and as a result produce very different responses. An individual's attitudes, arising and falling moods, beliefs, images, personal experience, personal history and the meanings and interpretations of these events all play part in how each individual experiences life events. It's all interconnected. Patterns and habits of certain ways of thinking and reacting can be so conditioned and ingrained in us that we don't even think it is possible to change the way we experience things. A thought is a powerful thing. Left unchecked, it can lead to destructive thinking, and to saying things or reacting to things in ways we may regret later. It's like being on autopilot, doing things or reacting to things out of habit, as if we have been conditioned over time to be the way we have become. But the moment we realize that we can make changes to the way we think, or to how we react, a whole new door opens. We realize that we can become the captain of our own ship, the producer of our own movie, and consciously steer it in the direction that we desire instead of being tossed around like a leaf in the wind. 

In order to make changes in your life, you must first consider that much of what you have become is built on patterns and habits of thinking and reacting in certain ways. We have been conditioned by our life events and by people throughout our lives in many ways without even realizing it. We are largely creatures of habit. We see, we hear, we think, we react. But what if you could break undesired habits and patterns and start moving your life in a whole new direction?

This is what Eastern Drift is all about...to help you live consciously from moment to moment and make positive changes in your life. By having a visual cue, such as a bracelet, it can serve as a reminder to catch yourself from engaging in patterns and habits of thinking and reacting that you want to change. When you catch yourself "in the act," consciously choose to replace it with a better thought, reaction, or word(s) and begin to notice how you or others react. The more you practice living more consciously more often, the more you will begin to see changes happen in your life. Remember, as Ghandi once said  "Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny". 

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