-Edgar Allan Poe
In my last article waking up on the right side of the bed, I wrote about changing your thoughts from negative to positive. Many people have asked “you write about changing your thoughts, but can you explain how to do this in a how to format?” Sure I can, may I first add that I am practicing this myself, I am not a Guru, nor do I ever intend to be, I am a regular everyday human being like you, taking you along with me on my own personal journey to enlightenment;
To learn how to change your thoughts, let’s first look at the progression of thought as described beautifully by Gandhi;
Keep your thoughts positive,
because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive,
because your words become your behaviors.
Keep your behaviors positive,
because your behaviors become your habits.
Keep your habits positive,
because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive,
because your values become your destiny
Basically, our thoughts create emotions, and emotions create reaction which effects the body both physically and energetically. Our goal is to learn how to stop that thought before it causes havoc on our physical and emotional state, or as Gandhi says, effecting our destiny.
In order to do this we must first learn to manage our thoughts by being aware of them. A fantastic way to practice awareness is through meditation. Meditation can teach you how to separate or detach yourself from your thoughts, by becoming the observer of your thoughts, as if your watching a movie.
Meditation is very simple and can be done anywhere, at your desk at work, or sitting in your car before work. Just practicing meditation 5 to 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference in your quality of life.
Find a quiet and comfortable place and sit or lay down. Once you are comfortable close your eyes, and take three very deep belly breaths in though your nose and out through your mouth. Now as you take your next breath in, visualize a warm tranquil energy moving in through your nose and throughout your body. Then breathe out and release any tension or negativity you‘ve been holding on to. Do this a few times.
Then Focus your attention on relaxing your toes, your feet, calves, thighs, belly, chest, shoulders, neck, face, and head. Once you are nice and relaxed, just sit quietly for a few minutes observing your minds chatter. Watch your thoughts coming and going, like the waves on the seashore. Listen to the rhythm of your breath, in and out, and in and out. Notice the stillness and peacefulness of your body.
Stay in this state as long as you’d like. When you’re ready, just open your eyes and stretch, you’ll notice just from this little bit of time with yourself how you feel so much more balanced and centered.
Soon after you have been practicing meditation, you will feel ready to handle whatever comes your way in a much more relaxed and peaceful manner. By being aware of your thoughts You will quickly notice when they begin to turn for the worse, and you can practice pulling them back and rearranging them as you please. You will also know that thoughts are fleeting, so you can choose not to attach to the thoughts that provoke unwanted emotions, just watch them come and go.