G.P.S. Our God Positioning System

An Introduction to our Inner GPS and how to recalculate it through Gratitude, Prayer and Surrender.

We cannot recalculate our past.  We can only bring about transformation and turn in another direction in the immediate present; and hope that this brings us to our preferred destination.

In order to “get out of our own way” we need to SURRENDER our thoughts and allow our mind and body to be recalculated!  Generally, we believe our thinking begins in our minds – our brains; however many scientists are discovering that our body – or the ‘mind’ of the subconscious, which works without us having to think at all – and is an operating system that has been developed since our conception and trained since birth to run our digestive, respiratory and cardiovascular – to name only a few – is the same operating system that learns to control our thoughts, based on consistent programming, which eventually turn into words, actions and habitual behaviours.

For many reasons, we should be grateful that throughout the day, we have this operating system to manage our bodily functions and that we do not have to think or worry about making our own stomach digest food, our heart beat living blood through our bodies or commanding our lungs to convert oxygen to carbon dioxide and thereby allowing us to go about our daily lives.  Can you imagine what it would be like to have to think about these things?

We would not be able to focus on anything else – or get anything accomplished! Perhaps, in one sense, this would be beneficial. Isn’t this why the very ancient buddhas and sages encourage us to focus on our breath – in order to help us feel more connected to these miraculous cellular cases – our bodies – that keep us “together”; and also be aware – and grateful – that something with a greater intelligence – a greater love – than us, is always taking care of us whether we are aware of it or not!

However, while we need this operating system to sustain our bodily functions throughout the day and when we sleep; we are quite capable of thinking for ourselves regarding our decisions and actions – and yes, even our thoughts.  We can think about and reflect upon our own thoughts.   The problem with letting an over-riding operating system determine our thoughts and therefore our actions, is that this system is often rooted in our past and works from automatic responses to thoughts, desires and fears based on our experiences.

I only need to ask how many times we have found ourselves at the refrigerator door or about to open that package of cigarettes without asking ourselves if we are truly hungry or need to inhale toxic smoke into our lungs.  Or how did we drive the last 15 blocks while thinking about the argument we had with our friend before we realize we’re already home?  How does this happen?

The answer is that our body mind – has been trained to be on autopilot in order to allow us to function on many levels. The problem with this is that while it can allow us to do many positive things – it can also cause us to create what I like to call GPS glitches where we need to constantly recalculate ourselves to get back on track.  This often takes a lot of time, energy and self-inflicted pain that we needlessly go through in our lives.

This is because our bodies have become like unruly, spoiled brats that have time after time, demanded something and to quiet the discomforting tantrums we feel inside, we defer to autopilot and give them what they want without even truly considering the long-term effect.

The fact is that the long-term effects of the thoughts we already chose in our past, have now manifested themselves as issues in our present, such as bad habits, weight issues, health and money issues, or feeling trapped in emotionally un-supportive relationships.  How many of us, because of an impulsive choice to spend money in the past, are now working to pay debt off in the present?

Recently, I heard Joyce Meyers say this:  “Our body only loves what we allow it be introduced – and get used to!”

If we do not think one small choice can make a huge decision, how is it that one potato chip or one cookie turns into an entire bag being eaten?  Now, this isn’t to say that we shouldn’t enjoy these things in life.  However, if we introduce our bodies to something without consciously thinking and exercising will-power in the beginning, it isn’t long before our body goes on autopilot and begins to crave more and more.

Imagine introducing a good friend to someone who you know to be toxic or untrustworthy.  Then ten years later, you hear how much that friend suffered because of that relationship.  This is what we do to ourselves in every given moment when we choose to introduce ourselves to a person, situation, or thing without checking into our own GPS:  God Positioning System – or intuition as many call it – about whether it is the best path to go down.

How many times have we made a choice to eat, drink, reach out to that toxic friend, say yes, when we really mean no; or get back together with someone based on automatic reflex, simply because our bodies crave the “high” or the praise we receive and very conveniently forget or push aside the lows or the chaos that soon follows?

We need not focus on regrets or past decisions, but we do need to empower ourselves in this very moment, taking ourselves off autopilot from our thoughts, our feelings and our “knee-jerk” reactions and begin making conscious choices – to step back if you will and truly look at the paths we are about to step out on – before we choose one.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. {Romans 12:2}

In other words, instead of conforming to the patterns of the world – thinking and behaving like everyone else – or to the patterns we’ve created in our own lives; we need to take time to listen to our intuition – our GPS – and pause to hear what it is guiding us to do, so that we start off on the right path to begin with and do not have to recalculate ourselves once we realize; oops!  I’m going down this rugged, arduous path again!

Is it possible for us to recalculate ourselves from ill to healthy; overweight to active; negative to positive; judgemental to accepting; controlling to allowing?  Yes.  If at each moment, in awareness, we catch each thought; look at it without judgment; thank it (because it’s our body or ego trying to keep us from change as it perceives it as a threat) and then let it pass through our mind without acting on it or letting it hook onto the next negative thought, we will train our body mind to begin sending more positive, peace giving thoughts.

We know that once that feeling of fear, anxiousness, anger, dread or desire is produced by the rapid onslaught of thoughts; it is not easy step back from that path.  In fact, we often make decisions in this place that lead to more problems such as cursing someone (which hurts our cellular bodies), sending a not-so-nice email or over-reacting and beginning an argument.

The good news is that it becomes easier and easier to catch the first thought and gently sweep it away and replace it with a better, more healthier one.  This may not work every time; but it will work sometimes and the more and more we can regain our peace rather than allow our thoughts to steal it, we are making progress.

Next Post:  Refund and Exchange Policy – How to exchange our negative thought for positive ones!

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