The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms. – Thich Nhat Hanh
Negative thoughts will creep in at every opportunity. In every situation we face, negativity is waiting in the shadows to throw you off and keep you off balance.
We know the mind is a powerful force. It is always active at all times. Absorbing everything around us, deciphering, decoding, rationalizing and basically trying to put things into perspective. The mind has that fail safe component that attempts to keep us from harm, even when the situation doesn’t call for it. Sometimes the negativity that creeps up is a byproduct of this fail safe system.
Your mind at work
When negativity starts to creep up on you, it’s time to hit that override button. Do not dwell on all that is wrong, why it could go wrong, why it’s not the way you want, etc. We have to literally spoon feed our brain good thoughts. If not, it is so easy to fall into the valley of hopelessness (I’ve passed by there but never stopped). We are not looking at life through naive glasses. Things happen in life, personally and outside that bring us down and we do not need to fake it that all is good.
We feel what we feel moment to moment to moment. Happiness, sadness, indifference. We can be nonchalant as if nothing bothers us but we all feel something, we are not robots. You have a choice in how you think about things. When it comes to negative thoughts, try the product replacement theory and replace those negative thoughts with good, healthier ones. Build upon this and you will have a solid mental foundation and that fail safe component will rarely be used.
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