Friday, August 25, 2006
Visualizing Disaster or Fertility?
I just read this odd scrap--which was sent to me out of nowhere--about how visualizing disaster can cause disaster, sort of like you invited good/bad into life depending on your thoughts.
I'm not saying I invited my kid's cancer by being a worrying mother. But I DO think anxious thoughts ("What if I have to go to the bathroom when I'm up on stage during during my reading?"), that quickly become self fulfilling prophesies. Likely, they are a purely psychosomatic reaction. But hey, the mind-body connection is REAL.
The name of this blog caught my eye, and here's the quote of the day.
Peace of Rice: "Quote:
“Watch your thoughts; they become your words. Watch your words; they become your actions. Watch your actions; they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character for it will become your destiny.”
- Rabbi Hillel"
p.s. I've also gotten an email from a woman who said she peacefully visualized what life could be like with her future children. Instead of the usual, Don't even think about it, you'll jinx it!! What if I never HAVE a baby? mania, she would actually look at baby clothes and think, Hm, that'll look cute on my baby.
I wonder if there's any difference in the outcomes thinking pleasant thoughts versus disastrous ones? at the very least, what's the HARM in thinking happy thoughts? Need to work on my need to always be disaster-prepared...