The Power of Thought
Have you ever contemplated how powerful the thoughts that occupy your mind really are? … “You are what you think.” It may just be one of the most hauntingly true clichés of the century, and a widely underrated one at that. Every day and everywhere we go, we are bombarded with the notion that our thoughts dispose the quality of the underlying fabric of our lives. Although this concept is truer than true, just how do we manage to elude negativity from getting the best of us?
Stimulating your mind to be more positive requires time and effort. Luckily, it is not as difficult as it is pegged to be. One of the most crucial techniques you can adopt to develop a more optimistic outlook is celebrating your successes – minor and large.
Every morning, jot down or simply ponder the things in your life that you are grateful for and the goals that you hope to achieve – be it a weight-loss goal or an intellectual one. Be proud of your every accomplishment, and when plagued with the mean blues, remember that there is always a rainbow after a drizzle.
“See the positive side, the potential, and make an effort,” said the Dalai Lama
Smile. Even if you have to force it out of you. Smile wide and large. You can literally trick your mind into releasing “feel good” hormones by this quick maneuver.
Surround yourself with positive energy. Call up a friend that makes your soul laugh and your eyes dance. We all have that friend.
Give. Give. Give. The more you give, the more you get. Witness the aura of the recipient’s eyes change and the positive vibe that generally manifests.
Meditate. This comes in many forms and shapes. Each individual discovers inner peace in their own distinct way. Whether relaxing under a tree with a good book in hand, gazing at your children falling asleep at night, or practicing yoga, take the time every day to engage in what makes you happy.
Read optimistic passages and quotes more often. Writer James Allen, born in Leicester, England in 1864, is a firm adherent of the notion that “we are the masters of thought, the molders of character, and the makers and shapers of condition, environment, and destiny,” as he would eloquently phrase it.
We must suck the marrow out of Allen’s words, allowing his consciousness of the human condition to inspire us to be better and spark within us a commitment to the eradication of ignorance plaguing our society.
“We are made or unmade by ourselves. By our thoughts, we forge the weapons by which we can destroy ourselves. Likewise, we fashion the tools with which we build for ourselves heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh.
By: Sarah Hadir
From Beirut, Lebanon