The Importance of Our Morning Thoughts

A.B. Dodge
6 min readJun 8, 2020
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It’s been a long time since I last wrote about the power of our thoughts or staying positive. When we find ourselves amidst a pandemic, facing the uncertainty of our futures and a country literally falling apart, I can say for sure that staying positive can seem like a long-term goal.

We all have our moments of fear and despair, and I have had my share of them over these last crazy months. But it wasn’t until recently that I had to remind myself not to let myself only fall into negativity only.

I wrote about the power of our voices in my last article. I am all about staying with unwelcome feelings whenever they need to be acknowledged. I truly refuse spiritual bypassing too! With the practice of mindfulness, I am always trying to be in touch with the present moment, living each day at a time, one hour at a time.

But unfortunately, at least for me, it is hard to be only in the present. Plus, how can we keep in touch with our dreams and future goals?

That has always been my struggle with meditation and spirituality. Do I stay in the present or do I dream of a better future? I have written extensive articles about that, but in short, I think we need to find a balance between living in the present or in the future. I think we need to live mostly in the present moment because it is all we have. It is impermanent as it can hold a bit of chaos and magic at the same time. However, we should definitely reserve some time for manifesting and visualization! Add a bit of gratitude to that mix, and you can have the world.

I spent way too long doing mindfulness meditation and staying in the present moment only. And to be honest, I was getting a bit depressed. Because life is hard for many of us now. Sometimes I need a bit of hope. Don’t we all? So I am grateful that a friend inspired me to go back to my visualizations and I started re-reading some great books by best-selling spiritual teachers. Phew. Thank God I decided to do that because I am feeling much better now.

I was listening to a lot of audio materials from Mike Dooley, like for example, “Playing the Matrix,” and I remember liking him the best for a simple reason: he tells you to do visualizations for 5–10 minutes and then keep living your life — in the present moment! Mike got it right…

A.B. Dodge

English Teacher, Meditation Enthusiast, Writer, Lover of Inspiring Stories and Flashfiction. Visit her blog at