This past week I was able to really examine the relationship between the thoughts brought into an environment and the mindset that is returned from the environment. As I was headed to the gym last week, I realized how ridiculous it was that I was going into a building in order to run on a treadmill, when we have this beautiful weather outside. I decided instead to go for a run outside. I’m new around here, so everywhere I go is essentially a new area, but I ended up traveling to a wooded path not far behind Cardinal Court.
The first day running there, I remember becoming extremely relaxed and calm. The scenery was green everywhere I looked, the sun shined through the trees, providing me with just enough light, and it was the perfect temperature. The entire environment evoked a positive energy and in doing so, stimulated all positive thoughts in my head. On the second day running there, I received the same results. A calm aroma came over me and I once again drifted into a relaxed mindset during my jog.
By the third day jogging on this path, I realized that not only had my thoughts created a space where I could come for a serene mentality, but that this space had returned the favor by shaping the experience I would have there. There is a feedback loop between the thoughts you bring into a space and the thoughts that a space stimulates. This justified the idea that it’s possible to create these types of spaces everywhere in our lives.
I went to visit a friend the other day and her room was filled with a multitude of bright colors and creative designs (imagine paint bombs exploding). She also had inspirational quotes written on her mirror. So what she did, was created a space to provide her with a type of positive reinforcement. By entering into her room and immediately being greeted by all of this positive feedback, she expresses the same behavior. It creates a mirror-like reflection between thoughts and perceptions. The point I’m making is, if we start seeing our lives as this blank canvas that we’re free to paint on, it’s possible to map out and create the blueprint to our own paradise.