Have you noticed? The quality of your thoughts is directly related to the quality of your daily life. Where your thoughts go, so does your attention. If your thoughts are rotten (self-critical, self-doubting, self-righteous, judgmental) you are likely to feel stuck, unable to connect with your own creative possibilities. When I notice myself with judgmental thoughts I stop and take a breath. I know nothing will flow for me in that moment. The noticing part is critical. Noticing is not judging my thoughts, which would only deepen the cycle. Instead, I decide to do something different. When my thoughts are calm, it is as if my vision opens up. What felt small and hard inside me softens. I am able to see and engage with the situation with greater clarity. My body unfolds in the places where it had been turned in on itself. It all starts with the way I am thinking. There are so many voices inside of you that vie for attention. Parental voices that tell you whether you are doing something right or wrong. Critical voices that are aimed towards those around you or those that you direct towards yourself. There are the “thumping your chest because you know you are right” voices. Most importantly, there are loving voices that create a feeling of peace and inner harmony.