Combat Negative Thinking With This # 1 Secret

The Don't Think of a Pink Elephant Problem

Combat Negative Thinking! What happens? Right, you think a negative thought.

Because we live in a dual universe, part physical and part spiritual we tend to operate from the visual/physical side of things where we live separate from source, divine spirit, or god. 

So when we begin the work of changing our mindset to something more positively based we run into the dichotomy of positive -negative. There are many prevalent dichotomies in our lives. 

Life Death

Love Hate

Good Bad

Right Wrong 

Thus when we start our journey to change our mindset to a more positive one we encounter this pink elephant problem. 

Now before I go on you might be interested in my Be Inspired page where you will find my Sunday Affirmations each week. Click on the button below and give us a thumbs up to join other Be-Inspired Enthusiasts.

The video below is a recording from a recent Facebook Live in which I share that secret with you in more detail. 

The Secrect

Our first instinct when we start to work with affirmations and focusing on a more positive mindset is to combat, suppress or deny that we have negative thoughts.

It’s part of our ancient survival training to either turn and fight or flee or bury our head in the sand.

None of these instincts serves us well in this case.

The secret to dealing with negative thoughts is not to do anything with them. Let them alone. 

Acknowledge that they are there. Don’t focus any attention on them. In other words, don’t lend them emotional impact. Don’t grab on to them. Just let them go with love. 

I see you, I love you, goodbye.

The more we poke and prod at them the greater the risk we will be pulled into that bit of suffering.

It’s an easy strategy just to acknowledge, love, and let go.  BUT it takes practice and persistence in using affirmations.

Whatever you resist you become. If you resist anger, you are always angry. If you resist sadness, you are always sad. If you resist suffering, you are always suffering. If you resist confusion, you are always confused. We think that we resist certain states because they are there, but actually, they are there because we resist them.

Don't Combat Negative Thoughts Do This Instead

 The keyword is Balance. 

We want to balance our negatives with our positives

Passive Method:

This is the simple process of acknowledging, loving, and releasing.

Spot and Swap

This is an idea from Jay Shetty from his book: Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day

In another recent article, I talked about Spot and Swap as tools. See It’s Raining Three’s Today

Reframing Exercise

Take a sheet of paper. Divide it into two longways. Write out negative thoughts that you’ve been dealing with.

On the opposite side write out  one I AM affirmation (see this week’s Freebie for more on how to do this) for each negative thing you think about yourself,

Now you have a very specific list of affirmations you can use to balance that negative thought. Carry the list with you and use your affirmations frequently.

In Closing: Practice Your Tools

 Remember Balance don’t combat.  

See it, Love it, Release it.

Spot and Swap

Reframe a negative into a positive affirmation.

Don’t forget to click the orange box under the video for your How to Write and Use Powerful I AM Affirmations freebie. 

© Nicholas Grimshawe. Property of Beautiful Summer Morning.

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