“The Eagle who thought he was a chicken”
“A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken.
“Years passed and the eagle grew old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. The old eagle looked up in awe. ‘Who’s that?’ he asked.
“‘That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,’ said his neighbor. ‘He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth; we’re chickens.’
“So the eagle lived and died as chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.” (By Anthony de Mello, S.J.)
I don’t remember ever reading a more powerful and brilliant fable. Actually this isn’t a fable, but a textbook about the power of mind and thoughts. It is about fate, destiny, low self- esteem, low self-confidence and comfort zones. In short, this is a story about human life.
We are our thoughts. Mind is power! It is always there, but it’s not always used. Yes, we often don’t take advantage of the power within us. What a pity! Why don’t we fully use the power of our mind? Because we don’t believe in it! We need to learn to believe in the power of mind or it will not be able to help us.
Everyone has heard the mind can do many things and that it is powerful. In fact it is so powerful that it can also be dangerous. For example, doctors and therapists know that effective treatments will not work for patients that do not believe in the treatments.
Mind power is spiritual power. It can help! But it only helps those who help themselves. There is connection between the body and mind, a strong and powerful connection. If we decide to live healthy, happy and successful lives, the mind is there to help us do so.
The mind and body are one. The most important fact is that our mind controls our body. You probably are familiar with the computer expression “Garbage in, Garbage out.” That is, what we put into the computer is what we get out of it. The results are based on what we feed into it. The same is true for us.
Feed your mind with positive thoughts. If we feed our mind with thoughts of love, peace and joy, we will enjoy happy lives. Positive thoughts help and protect us. They are programs that resist disease. But thoughts of hate, anxiety, anger, fear, and despair are programs that produce disease.
Do you know what emotion is the most positive? LOVE. Any kind of love is helpful, not just personal or family love. Love is a powerful emotion! You want to feel happy? Then smile! Smile in every situation. Find a reason to smile. Act as a happy, positive person, despite all the negative circumstances in your life. Acting as a positive person will produce happy thoughts. Our mind-body connection will send these happy thoughts to our awareness. And this will create feelings of happiness.
Do you accept that your feelings depend on how you think? The field of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) is based on this principle. There is an old saying that “Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Everything positive or negative, good or bad, that we say to ourselves are suggestions that program our mind.
Choose to focus on the positive! Look for the good; expect good and you will get good. Today we know an important fact: Our brain cannot tell the difference between a real or imagined experience!!! That’s why visualization, affirmations and meditation work!
When we use our imagination, our brain will accept the images in our mind as real. Our thoughts create our reality. So, if we can manage our thoughts, we will be able to create and control our future. Self-talk is a valuable tool. Talk to your mind. You may not believe in it, but it works. We become what we think about.
Do you want to be successful? Of course you do! Then watch your thoughts. They determine your attitude, which determine your motivation, which, in turn, determine your performance. Our performance depends on our way of thinking. Whether we succeed or not is based on our thoughts and beliefs. The ability to think big and positive is a key to a successful and happy life. Positive thinking guides our performance, success and intelligence. We are products of our own thoughts.
Our memory bank stores each and every thought. Refuse to deposit anything in it other than positive thoughts. Repeat your positive thoughts over and over again. If you think you cannot change your thoughts, you are wrong! You can, but it requires an effort. Is it easy? Not at all. It will take months, or even years to change your attitude by changing your way of thinking. However, there is only one way of thinking that is OK. And that is the positive way!
It is easy to prove that you can change your emotions by managing them. Just act the way you want to feel. Start with a big, sincere smile. A big smile can beat anxiety, fear, and despair. Start your day with positive uplifting affirmations! Say to yourself every day that you feel wonderful and happy, and you will begin to feel that way.
Use words as tools. If you choose the right words you will produce positive mental images. Look at things not as they are now, but as they can be tomorrow. Visualize your happiness. Believing in something sets the mind in motion to find a way to bring it about. The role of our mind is to help us. Its function is to manifest our beliefs.
Do you want to control your feelings and stress? Then, CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS. Our feelings come from our thoughts. Stress is a feeling. Yes, by controlling our thoughts, we can control stress. Stress comes from our thinking.
Low self-esteem and low self-confidence will determine how others react to you. People will see in us what we see in ourselves. Our self-talk is a mirror for the world around us. We are what we think we are. With a positive attitude we can make things better. But with a negative attitude we will always make things worse.
It is important for good health that we use our minds to think positively. Our outlook affects our body’s chemistry. The best medicine in the world is positive thinking. Don’t be “The Eagle who thought he was a chicken.”