(Health Secrets) Whether you label it the power of positive thinking or law of attraction, your mind is a powerful thing.
You know, that voice that starts your day with “I’m too lazy to get up and walk,” and “My face is a mess,” and continues through the morning attacking physical attributes “Ugh, my bootie looks big!” only as a warm up for the other grenades to follow. “No matter what I do, I can’t get through to my boss,” and “I cannot do this,” and “I must not be good enough.”
How do you turn off the negative self talk that your mind feeds you? Quite simply, most negative thoughts you can simply just let go. You let go of a hot coal because it burns you. You let go of a heavy suitcase (or “baggage”) when it becomes too heavy and burdensome to carry.
How? “By recognizing that you don’t want to suffer the pain or carry the burden anymore and then letting go of it,” writes Eckhart Tolle in “The Power of Now.” Tolle also writes that these patterns of negative thought can be dropped once you “know you don’t want them and don’t need them anymore, once you realize that you have a choice…”
When you know a certain kind of food makes you feel sick, do you keep eating it? Or, do you stop eating it and replace it with food that you know will nourish your body? The same goes for your mind. Your thoughts can make a dramatic difference in your mental and physical health. Research is only beginning to illustrate this point.
Test it out yourself by considering what you “feed” your mind. Write down what you tell yourself in the first hour of your day. Then, write down affirmations and read them in that first hour of the day. Doing this is like comparing two different breakfasts; one is a doughnut that will give you an insulin spike and provide no real nutrition, and the other is a super kale-chia seed smoothie. Just as you want to start your morning off right with the most important meal of the day for your physical body, start your morning off right with the most important thought “meal” of the day for your mind.
Superfoods for the Mind
- Positive affirmations
- Reading something uplifting and mind-stretching
- Prayer or meditation
- Listening to uplifting music
- Incorporating a tradition or ritual (a walk in nature, attending church, writing in a journal)
- Walking (and other physical exercise)
- Going on a retreat or conference (to learn new things)
“You are what you are and you are where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You change what you are and you change where you are by changing what goes into your mind.”