According to the Dalai Lama, "Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day."
Yes, I hear you - easier said then done! Especially during these troubled times.
But like anything, practice makes perfect.
Observation is the useful key to breaking the habit of negative thinking.
When we NOTICE that our thoughts are turning negative, we can try to interrupt them before they take root. Sometimes simply by just saying, 'oh that' s just a negative thought, not something real that has happened.'
According to Eckhart Tolle, author of the The Power of Now, "The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not 'the thinker'." We are NOT are thoughts!
He also reminds us that the things that truly matter - LOVE, BEAUTY, CREATIVITY, JOY, INNER PEACE - arise from beyond the mind.
Manifest more love, beauty, creativity, joy and inner peace in your life.
How can we manifest more love, beauty, creativity, joy and inner peace in our lives?
The establishment of a regular meditation practice can definitely help. By meditation, it can be as simple as sitting up in your bed each morning and tuning in to the sound and feel of your breath.This is what I personally try to do each morning and have found it of great benefit and very grounding in these uncertain times where negative thoughts abound. I then try to focus on one or two positive thoughts and things to be grateful for and this helps set the tone a little for my day.
Practicing gratitude can help increase positive thoughts and set the tone for our day.
Practicing YOGA is also a great way to enter the present moment , where thoughts cannot survive. YOGA means UNION - the union of the body and breath. For me, yoga is also a tool to switch off negative thoughts. Sometimes, as a result of years of practice, just coming to sit on my mat is enough to ground me in the present moment. Like one of Pavlov's well-trained dogs, I have conditioned myself to associate my yoga practice with relaxation and present moment awareness.
But practice, practice is the key. Like a well-oiled machine, the more you engage in negative thoughts, the more readily they will come, like the flick of a switch. But the same is equally true for the practice of POSITIVE THINKING. Even if you have to force it a little in the beginning, right way practice will pay off.
We are without doubt passing through difficult uncharted waters. But let us remember the words of the Dalai Lama -
"Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. No matter what sort of difficulties or how painful the experience is, if we lose hope that's our real disaster"
My regular yoga classes continue online weekly. Mondays at 8 pm, Tuesdays at 6.15 pm and Thursdays at 7 pm. Please email me at email@example.com if you'd like to join.