As per usual I will start off with a story, which on this occasion doesn’t actually relate to tolerance, but I will do by best to weave it into the theme.
I was at the gym the other day and I had picked up what I thought to be a 10kg barbell. It felt significantly heavier than usual but I accredited that feeling to tiredness. After I completed my designated exercise, my husband pointed out to me that I had actually lifted a 20kg weight (the disks on each side weighed 5kg each but the bar itself weighed 10kg- do the math). I had attempted to lift a 20kg barbell before but couldn’t push through the pain. On this occasion I had done the same amount of sets and reps as I would have ordinarily done with a 10kg barbell, but I was in fact lifting 20kgs.
I was really impressed to find that what I had thought to be physically impossible for me to do (given my present strength, or rather a lack thereof) was actually a product of what my mind had created and believed. I had accidentally tricked my mind into believing the barbell was 10kg and my mind granted my body the ability to lift a 20kg weight. As my husband pointed out to me, for someone who has read “The Power of Now”, I shouldn’t consider this experience a revelation. To be fair, the experience didn’t reveal anything that I didn’t already know, but it reminded me of how powerful my thoughts are in affecting and shaping my physical reality.
I honestly believe that the thoughts we have about others and ourselves can play a big role in the events we encounter in our lives. As explained by the law of attraction “by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life.” (Wikipedia).
As I have noticed from my own personal experiences, annoying things are more like to happen to me (such as tripping-up over thin air, losing my keys, getting articles of clothing stuck in the door, locking myself out of the house etc.) when I am in a bad mood. Usually the reason I am in a bad mood is because I have experienced negative thoughts about myself or someone else. Hence, I have attributed the majority of the annoying occurrences in my life to my own negative thought patterns. I am well aware that this is debatable and many may disagree, but at least for me personally, the ‘truth’ or ‘proof’ of the law of attraction is irrelevant, because I am much more positive and much less clumsy as a result of believing in the theory.
Thus, if we accept the law of attraction to be true (at least for the purposes of the last paragraph of this post), we will find that if we have intolerant thoughts we are more likely to attract intolerance to ourselves. If we attract intolerance to ourselves we are more likely to become even more intolerant, thereby being stuck in a vicious cycle of intolerance. Conversely, if we have tolerant thoughts we are more likely to attract tolerance to ourselves. In order to erase intolerance in the world, we need to erase our own intolerant thoughts. In order create tolerance in the world; we need to create tolerance in our own thoughts.
What is in your thoughts?
Although I am new to the blogging world and am completely incompetent at using technology (I only recently learned how to make hyperlinks), I believe that my message of peace and tolerance needs to be heard. To learn a little bit more about my background please read my post titled “A little bit about myself…”. To learn more about why I started this blog, please read my post titled “Introduction…”.