Detox your Mind of Negativity
Author: Julie Pone
3rd May 2012
Are you feeling under the weather, or caught up in a negative loop of experiences, do you feel that you are not coping with your daily tasks, or struggling in reaching your goals?
Maybe you have gone through a difficult time that has triggered your mood to deteriorate, or maybe you just feel like this without apparent reason.
If this has been the case over a period of time, it has become habitual, making it more difficult to overcome with just the power of your own will.
Our mind is extremely sophisticated and the part of it that regulates our body functions, and keeps us breathing without having to think about it, is also recording all of our experiences, and filtering the information we receive from our environment so we wouldn’t be overloaded. How does it then chooses to make us aware of something instead of another? It constantly rules everything happening around us by its database of previous experiences and makes us notice what matches its records, and ignore what doesn’t.
So when you have been feeling gloomy for a while, whatever the reason, chances are your own mind is using this experience as a reference to screen out any new experience that is not of the same “vibration”. This as a result is switching your gloomy mood from the category of a simple feeling to the category of a “habit”.
So if I only can notice the gloom around me, how can I possibly get out of it?
Nowadays there are techniques designed to access the mind’s data base of experiences, delete information in it, and install new pieces of data. New references in the database means that new experiences will be allowed to reach your consciousness. (The techniques used in Dublin Holistic Centre are Access Bars & PSYCH-K®).
But besides these techniques, there are simple things you can do to improve:
Practice coherence: Coherence is a state of harmony between the heart and the brain, when positive heartfelt emotions induce the heart rhythm to slow down and regulate. This influences the whole nervous system to relax, creating the right environment for the mind to work at its full potential. You do not need to wait for a good news in your life to get a chance to be in coherence. This is something you can induce yourself. Here is how you can practice it: make yourself comfortable, connect with your heart by bringing your hand on your chest over your heart area. Be conscious of your heart beating in your chest. Take deep breath “through your heart”, as if your heart had a nose and a mouth, visualizing the air going in and out through your chest. Then recall a positive memory, think of a person, a pet or a place you love while keeping up the breathing and indulge in the calm feeling it restores in your body and mind. Practice this exercise every day, use it before starting a challenging task so it will help you to clear your mind and focus your attention, and most of all use it any time you are feeling overwhelmed with stress or negativity.
Practice positive impregnation: you can start reprogramming your own mind’s data base by using positive affirmations, but for real efficiency they should be used in a specific way that will allow these positive thoughts to sink into your subconscious mind to “impregnate” it. Repetition has that effect over time, but it is much more efficient if practiced while being in a relaxed meditative state, because the mind is then in a heightened suggestible state. A good time to repeat your affirmations is after a meditation or after your coherence practice session, also before going to sleep and waking up, during that phase when you’re not fully asleep but not fully awake either. Create your own affirmations, only in a positive tense and in a way that is also believable to you consciously so no part of your mind will resist the suggestion. Ex: rather than saying “I am always happy and cheerful” - which you might resist if this is a goal too far removed from your actual reality - tweak it slightly to make it something easily believable, such as “every day (or day after day), I am getting happier and more cheerful”. This eliminates any resistance your conscious mind may have oppose to a goal that appears unrealistic for you in this moment in time.
Develop your “positive radar”: start to be attentive to positive things that happen in your life, big or small, whether it is the smile of a stranger in the street, or a promotion in work. By acknowledging the tiniest sparks of positivity in your life you are training your mind to look for more of it in your surroundings. The more you see them the more there will be to see! Even in the most negative situation, force yourself to identify one aspect that is “less negative” than the rest and build it up into noticing little things that you can still appreciate, even the ones that we take for granted, like the air we breathe! Acknowledge it and be grateful for it, since as they say, the more grateful you are, the more there is to be grateful for!
If you’re making it your business to feel good on purpose, positive thinking will soon become a habit rather than an effort!
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