The first time I came across the idea of this, I think it was from Brooke Castillo. I may have read it, heard it on a podcast or seen a quote somewhere a long the way, but I have definitely let this idea evolve in my mind for months and honestly, it has become my new obsession.
Thoughts are such an interesting thing. Thoughts often seem passive, as though they happen to us, but yet, thoughts are entirely constructed in our own mind. If our minds construct our thoughts, then we can choose to passively let them run rampant and unchecked or we can choose to actively control our thoughts and therefore alter the construct.
Think of it as building a house - the framework is built from the inside out, it is intentional and full of purpose. The support beams do not change position because the wind starts to blow, those external forces do not dictate the plan already in place.
I fully agree with the idea that our mind is like this. We can choose to change our thoughts in way that aligns with our beliefs and that serves us positively, as opposed to allowing the negative, useless thoughts to set up in the framework like rotting wood.
Can you imagine what it would feel like to enter your mind and your thoughts and feel luxury. The thoughts are positive, uplifting and serve a positive purpose instead of entering the chaotic, messy, stressful place where you cannot find your keys?
The photo inserted here is luxurious to me. Simple, purposeful, white and beautiful. We all have different definitions of luxury and that is perfectly fine. But, how do you transition there?
This is the hard work. This is the work I am focused so much on these days. Slowly going through my thoughts and asking - what are you doing here? Are you positive? Do you serve a purpose? Or is that thought a useless, broken thought that simply needs to be removed from my mind like the kitchen trash?
I know, it seems too simple right? Perhaps even a little silly? Maybe. But, it is not easy and in my opinion, it is SO worth the hard work. Every thought is a choice. If I do not like that thought (think of the times you have heard that negative self talk creep in - I am not good enough; they don't like me; I weigh too much; I cannot do that.), I can evaluate the reason I am thinking it. Once I have the reason, I can consider if there are other alternative thoughts I could choose instead. Then, I choose the thought that should remain. Over and over again, until it sticks.
From this, I am slowly cleaning up the mess in my mind. Choosing the construct and building a mind I enjoy spending time in. A place of peace, confidence and joy. A truly luxurious mindset.
I urge you all to close your eyes, enter your mind and simply take stock of the sensations, the thoughts and what that construct looks like today. Consider that you can choose the thoughts that reside there, and if you do not like them, you have the power to change them. It is transformative.
May you all find a new sense of luxury within yourselves. Every day.