Cathy Meadows, M. A., Clinical Psychology
Controlling Your Life by Controlling Your Thoughts
Play on your Perceptions, Will-power, and Thought-control
In this experiment it's important to keep in mind that: Your thoughts create your emotions, and not the other way around. You can't create a feeling without first having a thought that preceeds it. The thought is the boss. This is a fact.
Try to look at your thoughts as if they can be arranged because they can be. Emotion is secondary, as research shows. It's all about your thoughts. You will feel emotion in concordance with your thoughts. Even a "state of mind" or an "event" is nothing more then a conglomerate of thoughts. They are simply thoughts stacked one on top of the other and you are the one doing the stacking. Any problem that you are having in your life can be fixed by rearranging your thoughts.
Thoughts can bring about the emotions you want to feel. The emotions and states of mind associated with joy, happiness, peace, contentment, etc., are brought about by controlling your thoughts and vice versa.
For example, if you want to feel contentment then first you have to recollect the feeling of contentment. Thinking about that feeling and how it feels, or remembering a time when you felt contentment will invoke that feeling. Now, hold that feeling. It isn't easy to hold it for more then a brief period at first but in time it will become easier. Your brain is like a muscle. If you exercise it, it grows strong and soon you will be able to manipulate your thoughts in ways that bring you happiness and contentment.
Your mind and your spirit like to be exercised in such ways and once you are able to control the flow of thoughts going through your mind you will be free and you will no longer be at the mercy of your environment.