In my last post, I asked you to pay attention to what you are voting for with regards to the external things you support, such as television programs, stores, products, etc. Today I would like to talk about what you are voting for internally. In all my years of practice as a Social Worker, Therapist, and Coach, I have found that the most troubling issue for people is their mindset and internal dialogue. This one area of concern can manifest itself in both positive and negative manners, but many people do not recognize the pure power that a simple adjustment can make in their lives. For example, a person who comes to see me because they are suffering from depression can experience an immediate shift in their mood just by simply practicing the expression of gratitude on a daily basis. A person with anxiety can experience an equally impressive shift simply by learning how to control their thoughts by slowing them down and questioning the true validity of their thoughts.
As we humans are creatures of habit, we usually think the same thoughts over and over again. If you are not a thought-conscious person, it is likely that the thoughts that you are having today are essentially the same thoughts you had yesterday, last month, and last year, with only slight variations. Getting a little more scientific, each thought that you have creates a neuro-pathway in your brain and they remain present in your subconscious mind. Think of your subconscious mind as your water supply. Would you want to have your water supply muddled with poisons and toxins or would you like your water to be clear and refreshing? When you are thinking negative thoughts, you are muddling your mind with poisons and toxins, which will cause you to manifest negative experiences.
The good news is that you can “vote” for the positive! You can make a conscious decision to have positive thoughts and to manifest positive experiences! Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Begin to notice yourself thinking – be the “observer”. Take notes or journal daily about what you find. Are you thinking about how fat you are? Are you thinking about how broke you are? When you catch yourself thinking these things, immediately write down the positive version of the same statement. Instead, think, “I look great”, or “I am abundant and prosperous”.
- Practice gratitude daily. No matter how difficult your situation, there is always something to be grateful for. Try to list at least 5 things per day in your journal that you are grateful for. You will find that this will immediately cause you to see your life differently!
- Learn to meditate. I am not telling you that you have to switch religions! Many people equate meditation with eastern religions, but it really means to quiet your mind and to be at peace. Learn to slow your thoughts down. Find a quiet place to meditate for about 15 minutes a day. You can find many books, CD’s, and DVD’s on this subject if you need help getting started. If you are uncomfortable meditating, pray!
- Eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and exercise! Many people leave this out when addressing mental and spiritual principles. Your diet and fitness greatly affect your mental state! Going to bed earlier and sleeping at least 7 hours per night, eating a low-fat diet with plenty of fruits and veggies, and getting moving can immediately make you feel more positive overall!