Thoughts can be seen as one of two types. Thoughts that just appear, random ones you haven't chosen to think. And thoughts that you choose to think. The first are generally far more numerous.
Normal thinking - random thoughts - bring the regular consequences which people experience much of the time. These consequences are often unforeseen with emotions, negative feelings, and you don't feel great!
How much Control do you Have over your Life?
You may not have much control over your life but, brain-washing aside, you are the one who can exercise control over what you think. But do you bother, or do you self sabotage? Meditation is all about discovering how to manage control over your thoughts.
Controlling your thoughts takes effort. It may be simple, but what's simple is not necessarily easy. You will change your life by discovering the value of thinking consciously rather than unconsciously!
Conscious thinking enables you to choose what you think, which changes your words, and your actions. Your deeds have consequences, which lead to your experience. And you either feel good or bad about that experience.
Each experience is an opportunity to feel something. Otherwise it's just intellectual, not real. And if you decide to pass on feeling, the universe then gives you another opportunity, and then another...
When you self sabotage by declining to feel an emotion, the volume is turned up next time, it becomes more intense. Such experiences will continue until it's strong enough that you have no choice but to feel the emotion fully. You generally judge these experiences as bad, or worse!
Natural law, the Absence Principle, says you need to experience both the negative and the positive to be complete and move on. Both emotions and feelings are there to motivate you to make more effective choices. Your emotions give you the negative, the scarcity side of the situation to help completion.
So don't self sabotage by reacting negatively to your emotions. Rather learn to accept them as reality, and then ask yourself how you can be positive in the situation. When you fully accept them, you don't react negatively, the emotional charge diminishes and eventually evaporates, and you can move on.
Investigate your beliefs
Yet intended consequences come more easily when you have beliefs that support you. So change your life by learning to reexamine your beliefs and to select your beliefs intentionally. This means exactly what it says - literally! Wisdom comes when you learn to explore, to investigate your beliefs before adopting them.
When you evaluate beliefs instead of just being a believer, you learn to select ones which support rather than sabotage your goals, your dreams, and your life.
Food for Thought
"Once your thoughts reflect what you genuinely want to be, the appropriate emotions and the consequent behavior will flow automatically."