I’ve been thinking a lot about thinking today. I recalled my sister telling me about a Japanese Scientist who froze either pure or distilled water drops to examine the ice crystals… except that first he treated the water in a special way. He would ‘apply’ thoughts, and words, to the water containers first: things like ‘joy’ and ‘happiness’ or ‘sorry’ and ‘anger’. The results were remarkable! Beautiful patterns with positive thoughts & words, and patternless, blocks or ‘broken’ patterns with negative thoughts & words.It makes me wonder about all this talk I hear about broken schools and our ‘failure’ to prepare our students for the future? It makes me wonder about all the negative self-talk our media perpetuates… We aren’t pretty enough, we are too fat, we look too old, we aren’t rich enough, we can buy happiness, our future is bleak! How much of this is real, and how much of it is unintentionally willed by our own (weak?) thoughts? If we could accumulate a day’s worth of thoughts and place that on a frozen water sample, what shapes would we get? Beautiful patterns or broken formations? What if we did this for our family, community, city, nation or world? I know what it would look like for every newspaper & news media stream that exists, and find this disturbing… a reason why I avoid the news altogether! There are some amazing things happening in this world. Kindness, generosity and love can be powerful and potent catalysts in changing what our daily thoughts accumulate to. At the end of today, think of what the crystallized accumulation of your daily thoughts would look like. If you see something beautiful, congratulate yourself! If you see something less than beautiful, know that you have the power to change that, and also know that begins with acceptance, not blame… with forgiveness, not anger… with love, not self-loathing. Gandhi was right, we really do need to be the change we want to see in this world. And that starts with our thoughts that drive us. Think good thoughts,
Say good words,
Do good deeds.