Daily Archives: September 11, 2016

33. The Art Of Being Mindful

 

Isn’t it just amazing that we have the ability to change the direction of the train just by thinking about it? What appeared to be clearly going one way was quickly reversed to the opposite, just by us switching our thoughts and perception. What if you could redirect your life’s perception just by choosing to see it going in a different direction? Here’s the great news… you can!

Not long ago, I spoke to a friend of mine who was a little frustrated that although she has made some efforts to become much more positive, she said it seemed the harder she tried, the more bad things kept happening to her. How can that be if she’s thinking more positively?

There are some principles at work in regard to the law of love that must be understood in order to harness the power to change things. Most of us do not realize how much time we actually spend in negative thoughts, on any given day. For so many years, our thoughts have been on auto pilot and though we are making an effort to begin to think positively, unknowingly we still spend the large majority of our day thinking negatively.

How many of you have driven somewhere, only to arrive and realize you don’t even remember driving most of the way there? There are landmarks, traffic lights, and stop signs you don’t even remember passing, because you were lost deep in your own thoughts. We do this quite often without recognition. The problem is, when our thoughts are in auto pilot, they have a tendency to be rather negative in nature. The things we typically ruminate about are rarely fantastic, positive experiences! More often than not, they’re the things we wish we had done differently, or are concerned about in the future! If we’re spending a good amount of our day in unrecognized auto pilot, those negative thoughts have a way of overshadowing much of the positive thinking we have tried to put in place.

Being mindful and living in the now is a skill that we must learn to develop to make forward progress. What does that mean? Well, being mindful is being FULLY AWARE of your present thoughts, environment, attitude, and choosing to instill course corrections immediately when you stray off course. It takes practice, but you will find the more mindful you become, the more you have the ability to maintain a positive influence throughout the day. This is where the scales begin to tip in your favor!

Emotions are always a good measure for where your thoughts are. Are you smiling and happy, or are you stressed, worried, doubtful or discouraged? You can tell where your thoughts are residing simply by looking at how you feel. When you recognize that you are not smiling and feeling as good as you ought, you have the ability to shift those thoughts and change those feelings and eventual outcomes. It’s all within your control, you just have to learn how to implement the right procedures to stay the course, and practice makes perfect!

Remember this rule, you have to maintain at least 51% positive thoughts to tip the balance  of the scales in your favor. If you think positively 20% of the time, but then go negative 80%, you are still going to be struggling. Try to pay attention to your thoughts and not let them wander. If you find yourself moving into negative territory, quickly move back to the positive. If you are not sure what you have to be positive about, start considering the things in your life you are thankful for or that you love. I know many I speak with say they have nothing to be thankful for, but the fact is, that’s just not true! Everyone has something to be thankful for, so start with the small things. Make a list of the things in your life you are grateful for and grow that list. Every time you think of something else, add it to your list. When you find yourself down, pull out that list and start remembering what you have to be grateful for. THIS ALWAYS WORKS! Gratitude is one of the most powerful emotional forces, next to love! Use it to shift your thoughts into a more positive realm and see what a difference it makes. Make sure you start every day with your list of gratitude. Starting off the day on this right footing will help to insure the rest of your day is moving in a positive direction!

As with anything, it takes a little time and practice to learn to control your thoughts and move into the positive majority. DON’T GIVE UP! You will find before you know it, you are required to put less and less effort into this process, and it becomes more second nature! It’s a habit that must be developed, and once you do, it reaps a lifetime of rewards!

Love and Light,
Laura Corby 🙂