In Study U Abroad I talk a lot about the concept that everything begins with your thoughts. One of my favorite quotes from Buddha is, “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” Essentially the thoughts you have create the story you tell about yourself, and the world around you. This affects how you experience life and ultimately how you treat people.
Study Abroad can be an amazing opportunity to challenge your thoughts. Are you attaching to old beliefs and judgments? How are you interpreting the things going on around you? What other way could there be to look at the same person or situation?
First practice becoming aware of the thoughts you’re thinking. Half the time we’re on auto-pilot just gliding through life. Use your time on Study Abroad, and while traveling, to pay attention to the beliefs you hold. Try to reframe the negative, judgmental stories in new ways.
With every positive thought comes the potential to transform your world in positive ways!