Overcoming Negative Thoughts: A Little Awareness Can Go a Long Way

“You’ve energy over your thoughts—not outdoors occasions. Understand this, and you’ll discover power.” ~Marcus Aurelius

Each time I get again up from my lowest level, it appears as if unfavourable ideas will drag me down over again.

Whether or not it’s the concern of truly being completely satisfied solely to be unhappy as soon as once more or the self-doubt and self-judgment that pop up when issues are going effectively and I’m wholesome, unfavourable ideas appear to win each single time.

Some time in the past, I spent a couple of weeks battling fixed unfavourable ideas about not being adequate, regardless of how a lot I attempted to take care of a steadiness between my ardour for writing, my psychological and bodily well being, faculty, work, meal prepping, home chores, and household.

This solely aggravated my nervousness whereas intensifying my day-to-day distress.

Towards the top of that battle, I skilled a decline in my bodily well being, as I lacked motion, overslept, and didn’t eat a lot.

I made a decision to attempt to train at house. But once more, throughout a set of lunges, I skilled unfavourable ideas about the way it didn’t matter if I exercised as a result of I’d solely find yourself spiraling again into the identical rabbit gap I simply got here out of, and I felt a crippling must drop down on my knees and have a breakdown.

A couple of seconds earlier than I used to be about to drop down, the assertion “your inside power is extra highly effective than your ideas” got here to me.

I paused for a second, put my hand on the eating desk proper subsequent to me for help, and took a deep breath.

I felt that assertion.

I repeated it to myself a couple of occasions. I wrote it down.

I learn it time and again.

I spotted that assertion had arisen from an consciousness behind my ideas, an consciousness that woke up and revived my inside power.

Usually, we turn out to be so deeply misplaced in what’s handed or what’s to come back, and that which we will’t management, that we’re not aware or conscious of the current second. In the end, we turn out to be prisoners of unfavourable ideas, which worsens our stress and nervousness.

Even when for a second all is sweet, and we’re aware of the current, it isn’t lengthy earlier than we spiral into unfavourable ideas that provoke doubts and fears in regards to the good that’s.

A couple of months in the past, my nieces have been so excited to have realized new math issues. They have been taking part in a recreation amongst themselves, asking one another to unravel math equations. All of a sudden, they stated, “Massi,” which implies “aunt” in Punjabi, “what do you assume is the reply!?”

I turned purple. My ears and cheeks have been burning up. I felt embarrassed and scared. I stuttered and rapidly modified the subject.

I struggled in math programs all through highschool, barely passing each. To keep away from taking math programs in neighborhood faculty and college, I discovered a loophole to bypass it as a liberal arts main, solely to get a level to work in a discipline I’d find yourself despising.

Now, years later, I’m enrolled in a required math class to pursue a level in botany. Why? As a result of I didn’t need my unfavourable ideas, which ignited fears about not with the ability to comprehend or go a math class, to stop me from studying one thing I get pleasure from, plant science.

It’s essential to comprehend that unfavourable ideas aren’t all the time true. They’re usually a made-up story fashioned by doubts, fears, and anxieties. They pull us away from actuality and detract from our potential to be and do what we want.

Damaging ideas are the impediment that arises shortly after life brings one thing unknown onto our path. They stem from our egoic-state, which tries to guard to us from being uncomfortable with change or one thing new. Damaging ideas additionally restrict the alternatives and potentialities that life presents us with and finally numbs our potential to be taught and develop.

However the universe will proceed to current us with no matter we have to problem our unfavourable ideas and ultimately awaken our consciousness and ignite our inside power.

By means of many painfully powerful occasions—and I imply painful to the purpose the place I’d discover myself drowning in unfavourable ideas in a darkish closet for hours—I’ve discovered that there’s all the time a strong consciousness behind my unfavourable ideas. Generally, it’s loud and clear, and different occasions, delicate and unclear, but it surely’s all the time there to tug me away from these unfavourable ideas and to rise up, present up, and never surrender.

I do know it’s not simple to tug your self away from the unfavourable ideas that may take you right into a darkish place, but it surely’s all the time doable.

Listed below are two practices that assist me out of the toughest of occasions by awakening the notice behind my ideas and restoring my inside power.

1. I take note of how I really feel and rapidly step into nature.

Usually, when we’ve got unfavourable ideas, we start to really feel stress and nervousness inside our physique. Generally we really feel bodily signs like tightness in our chest or shallow breaths, and different occasions we really feel robust emotions of embarrassment, self-doubt, anger, or unhappiness.

As soon as I understand that I’m not in tune with my inside self and really feel off in any type of manner, I rapidly step outdoors earlier than it worsens.

Whether or not it’s sitting within the yard or taking a stroll across the block, it solely takes a couple of moments earlier than my stress and nervousness scale back and I start to really feel calm and nonetheless.

In that house, I’m able to be the notice behind any unfavourable ideas and permit them to dissipate moderately than dwelling on and believing them.

Being in nature, trying on the vegetation and bushes, feeling the contemporary breeze, and watching the birds fly by reminds us to simply be and never dwell in what was or what shall be.

In the end, being with nature gently awakens our consciousness and restores our inside power.

2. I do one thing that brings me pleasure.

As I’ve talked about, we frequently assume unfavourable ideas about what was or what shall be. I continuously discover myself misplaced in what I may have finished in another way or what would possibly occur sooner or later and ultimately spiral right into a gap of self-doubt and self-judgment.

It’s laborious to encourage your self to do one thing that makes you cheerful if you’re pinned towards a wall by unfavourable ideas. Nonetheless, keep in mind, it’s not unimaginable.

After I’m doubting or judging myself, I do one factor that I do know makes me completely satisfied, only one, nevertheless massive or small. Generally, it’s making a brand new simple recipe, and different occasions, it’s writing a sentence or two in my journal.

This can be a recreation changer since you pull your self away from unfavourable ideas by focusing your consideration on one thing else, and that awakens your presence and consciousness. You additionally faucet into your “really feel good” emotions by doing one thing for your self, which additionally makes you’re feeling resilient and stimulates your inside power.

Time and time once more, I’ve discovered myself attempting to battle off unfavourable ideas for good. But, in a method or one other they all the time come again for one more spherical. Nonetheless, I can say that although I’ve had occasions the place I used to be misplaced in unfavourable ideas for weeks, my consciousness and inside power have all the time introduced me again house to my coronary heart.

Take note of the loud or delicate nudges your consciousness offers you if you’re going by means of difficult occasions. Your consciousness and inside power are stronger than any unfavourable ideas you could have, they usually may help you acknowledge them for what they—simply ideas—so you possibly can allow them to go and do the belongings you wish to do.

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