I've been thinking a lot about the novel I'm writing lately. Thinking, not writing, because with the demands of the Emma Jean book release and attendant promotion, there's not been a lot of time to write. I knew this going in and decided to give myself a free pass on working on the novel this month.
The thinking is going well, thank you. Just yesterday I uncovered a major issue with the novel and starting figuring out ways to fix it. This is all going on in my head. Well, there's a little bit of process writing around it, but no official work on the actual novel.
Along with thinking about my novel, I've been thinking about thinking. For a couple of reasons.
First, I'm taking a class at my church and one of the things I've learned is this: a greater thought always trumps (pretty sure that's not how they put it exactly) a lesser thought. In other words, if you truly allow a greater thought in to your packed brain, it will ultimately dissolve the lesser thought.
To me, a greater thought is one that speaks to our higher nature and knowledge. The one that knows you truly are an unlimited being. The one that connects you to your concept of the divine. So, you can replace I'll never be a published novelist with something like I am happily published now. Like that.
I know, I know, this is basic stuff, Affirmations 101. But the twist for me is that you don't have to spend a lifetime uncovering and eradicating all the bad thoughts and limiting beliefs we harbor. This, for me, is huge, seeing as how there are huge industries built around getting rid of those beliefs. And a lot of us hold onto a limiting belief that its our limiting beliefs that are holding us back.
But the good news is that you really can change your mind. You can replace a lesser thought with a greater thought. And that brings us to Reason #2 that I'm thinking about thinking: I'm reading Deepak Chopra's new book, Super Brain. In it he and his co-author, Rudy Tanzi, talk about how to maximize the brain's functions, utilizing the huge leaps in our understanding of brain science. They talk about reshaping the brain, saying, "It means being more mindful of your own thoughts and feelings and becoming more proactive in taking charge of your brain."
Being mindful of your own thoughts and more proactive about it is exactly what I'm talking about here. And honestly? Taking the attitude that I would find and fix the problems with my novel if I just stayed open, rather than grumbling that something was wrong and I probably would never figure it out is exactly why all my brilliant thoughts have occurred.
I'm still working my way through Super Brain, but I really like it so far. My buddy Deepak (don't know him from Adam, but I follow him on Twitter, so, you know, that means we're friends) is good at equating the science with the spiritual point of view, which, of course, I love. And the overwhelming message of the book is so positive–that we can retrain our brains for maximum performance at any age.
All of my thinking about thinking is still a work in progress, so I'd love your thoughts. How do you maximize the old noodle?
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Image by Wyglif.