Sadly Experiment 5 also failed, I did not get the answer to my question. In the past when I’ve read this book, it was usually around this point that I lost interest in the book. The reason I am doing these experiments is to prove to myself how powerful one’s thoughts can be. I won’t be discouraged by failed experiments. I will carry on with the other experiments and in general try and remain happy, optimistic and thankful.
Experiment 6 involved planting beans and focusing on one half of the beans to grow faster. I have decided to skip to this one and move on to Experiment 7. This involves not having negative thoughts regarding your body and also blessing and giving thanks for all the food you put in your mouth. You do this for 72 hours, but you don’t need to alter your usual eating patterns. You weigh yourself at the start and then again after 72 hours and see whether you notice a difference.
For me, this is quite an interesting one. I can be a bit obsessive about my weight. All my life I have struggled with my weight. In my teens I suffered from an eating disorder. It took a long time to get over that and thinking back, one question “cured” me. I was asked, when I walk down the road and look at someone passing by, how long do I spend thinking about those people. My answer was 1 or 2 seconds, if that. I was then asked, why do I care so much about what others think of me, that I starve myself. Who cares if you are thinnest person around, no one! Everyone is so wrapped up in their own lives. It took a while to accept my body and eat normally again, but I got there. Even today still, I weigh myself most days and some days it determines how I feel that day…so wrong! I quickly try and correct these negative thoughts by giving thanks for the fact that I have a fully functioning and healthy body.
My dad also gave me a daily mantra to repeat several times a day, which was “every day and in every way I get better and better”. That helped a lot too. I still repeat that today, when I remember. Sometimes life gets to busy and one gets so bogged down by the little things and you forget that you actually do have control. Hence another reason why I am trying to practice this more, so it becomes second nature. Practice being thankful all the time, it is so easy to feel down when things don’t go how you’d like it to go.
So back to the experiment, instead of feeling guilty about whatever I eat, I will give thanks for the fact that I have food to nourish my body. I will focus on this instead of trying to add up every calorie and feeling guilty if I can’t exercise that day. Focus on only positive thoughts when it comes to my body and how I look. It is so easy to put oneself down. I do it every day without fail, probably multiple times. So to me, this is an important experiment.
After all, this is what it is all really about…thinking positive thoughts for a more happy and fulfilling life, not to make millions, but to be happy and content. Although millions would be great too ;-).