First Thoughts

Lecca wrote in response to tug of war #6

“Rhythms of Gratitude dutifully practiced offer freedom to choose.
I most often hear about the moods that forget to practice the single breath relaxation. Awareness, accountability, collaboration and contribution are key elements in personal significance. Once accomplished, the tug of war takes on new shapes and characteristics. Freedom demands awareness of first thoughts. For after we are free to choose comes the new movie options. Old movie moods may force first thoughts to quickly return to moods that forget.”

There are soooo many concepts going on in this passage. Lets keep it simple! I am grateful that I can recognize and understand my faults, blessings, talents or my weaknesses– that awareness gives me the freedom to choose my path and where I put my effort.

What do you mean by freedom demands awareness of first thoughts? Old Movie/ New Movie? Personal Significance. These can all mean so many things in this context.

DrGilgamesh responds:

“…that awareness gives me the freedom to choose my path and where I put my effort.” Now that is right on and keeping it simple. And I agree we want to speak this language quickly with others. Our vocabulary is key. Any new contributions are always welcome, but your question challenges me to respond specifically.

“The old movie”. First of all, the mind is ‘visualizing substance’. To demonstrate, consider a favorite movie. Many of us have seen the movie “Titanic”. Immediately memory pops into action bringing to mind several scenes in rapid succession. It is as though watching/seeing portions of the movie again through the mind’s eye, ‘visualizing substance’. The mind works in movies.

Similarly, think about your last week, month, year or phase in your life. Immediately memory pops into action and many scenes from memory come to mind. As you are mindful of the challenge to choose your path, there are ‘old movie’ memories which inform our free choice of when where how and what choices may be chosen in the future. “The mind works in movies” and memories can be quite complete, as though an actual playback of the many scenes.

“Personal Significance” discovers only you can know yourself. Friendship, exercise, rest, frustration, concentration, angst is a small list of emotions in words which provoke memories categorized by moods. Thus the useful term to highlight this phenomenon, ‘mood movies’.

Described in greater detail elsewhere, “Single breath relaxation” is intended to focus our choice upon a very specific mood movie, “gratitude reboots the machine”. I am claiming this place of peaceful relaxation in gratitude interrupts the old movie habits and offers awareness of “first thoughts” emerging spontaneously from this space/place. Most often these first thoughts will be habitually old movie.

When freedom to choose makes an effort to “tug of war” with familiar mood movies and choose “new movie” challenges and changes, then first thoughts can trigger “emotional reflexes”.   These habits and patterns of thinking over which we have very little control we call old movie.  Not until freedom to choose inspires the new movie mood into “Rhythms of Gratitude” can repeating this exercise thousands of times improve familiarity.  It is personal responsibility to become familiar with how your own mind is working in tug of war between the stuck with the old movies and hopeful for new movies, freedom to choose.  What are your “first thoughts”?

Thank you for reading writing and asking the challenging questions which led to my effort to offer this exploration of vocabulary. My hope is to inspire mindfulness, personally significant familiarity.

Keep it up. Each time I respond, I hope to help clarify a little bit more and one day soon many will be discussing “Flying Lessons” using a familiar open source language.

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