“See the positive side, the potential, and make an effort.” ~Dalai Lama
Even though I’m a transformational spirituality teacher and coach, I still find it’s easy to fall prey to negative thinking. Having negative thoughts play out like a movie can only bring you pain, something that I’ve experienced many times throughout my life.
Negative thoughts drain you of energy and keep you from being in the present moment. The more you give in to your negative thoughts, the stronger they become. I like the imagery of a small ball rolling along the ground, and as it rolls, it becomes bigger and faster.
That’s what one small negative thought can turn into: a huge, speeding ball of ugliness. On the contrary, a small positive thought can have the same effect blossoming into a beautiful outcome.
I’d like to share with you an example of how one small thought can turn into a very negative experience.
Prior to marrying my current husband, I had the opportunity of living on my own for several years. Obviously during this time, I had grown accustomed to living in a particular way; I had my routines with cooking, cleaning, and living happily in my place.
At that time my boyfriend (now husband) and I had a long distance relationship, and had finally decided to move in together. I started to have misgivings about him moving in with me and began to have negative thoughts about it. I knew that my current living routine will have to change and that we will have to create a new routine together and I felt myself feeling resistant to change.
What I realized is that I had already jumped into the future inside my imagination had thoughts that we would not be able to come up with a living arrangement that will make us both happy. I laugh at it now, but in my mind, I had already seen myself already getting angry about the cooking and cleaning situation and the various arguments that would ensue as a result.
Fortunately I was conscious enough to sit down with my journal and honestly process the entire situation. It was then that I realized I was projecting anger towards a future situation that most likely would not even occur!
The point is that when you start to have negative thoughts, they bring friends and sometimes it’s hard to stop them. And of course shifting your negative thoughts to positive ones in order to shift your focus is much easier said than done.
But if you want to stop your negative thoughts cold, it is necessary to learn how to cut them off before they begin to take root inside your mind. How do you do this?
Here are ten helpful things you can use to quickly shift your negative thoughts into positive ones:
1. Meditate or do yoga.
3. Surround yourself with positive people.
4. Change the tone of your thoughts from negative to positive.
5. Don’t play the victim. You create your life—take responsibility.
6. Help someone.
7. Remember that no one is perfect and let yourself move forward.
9. List five things that you are grateful for right now.
10. Read positive quotes.
The mind is neutral energy. The way you think determines whether the results are positive and beneficial, or negative and harmful. It is the same energy acting in different ways.
The good news is that persistent inner work can change habits of thinking. However, you must be willing to put energy and time to pursue positive thinking, in order to change your mental attitude. The overall results of living a life full of mental and emotional freedom however is well worth the effort, and I am sure you would agree! So happy positive thinking!
© 2015 by Dar Payment for Heal Your Life Workshops Worldwide, www.HealYourLifeWorkshops.com. Dar Payment is a Licensed Heal Your Life Workshop Leader, a published author, and an Intuitive Life Coach at www.Whispers-From-Heaven.com. You may reprint or share this article in any form provided that you do not alter it, and that you keep the bio line in tact.