“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.”–Benjamin Disraeli
Here are tips to help you nurture your mind for positive thoughts;
Meditating might just be the best way to clear negativity from your life and bring about emotional and spiritual recovery.
Meditation rejuvenates the mind, makes us more resilient, and rids the body of harmful chemicals that cause stress and anxiety; it centers us.
Think of it this way: if your mind is wired to be miserable, meditation would be the reset button that allows you to unplug, switch off, and tune out. Then, you can easily learn, through meditation, to turn your brain back on and tune into positive thinking frequencies.
Meditate often enough and a lot of damage will be undone. You’ll be left with a clean slate and a refreshed perspective.
2. Be thankful
“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”– Albert Schweitzer
“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.”– Amy Collette
It floods our brains with dopamine, the one chemical that has the potential to drown out the negative thoughts and anxious feelings we too often carry throughout the day.
Gratitude invokes the law of attraction. Remember, like attracts like. If you make an effort to be grateful, you will find that you will be blessed with more things to be grateful for.
A fantastic way to consciously practice gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. Every night before you to go to sleep, list everything you were grateful for throughout the day. Over time, you will see your lists become much longer!
Having a gratitude attitude is really using the power of positive thinking to it’s highest degree.
3. Be kind
Kindness has also been proven to make us happier and less stressed.
Studies have also proven, time and time again, that kindness is contagious. If someone is kind to you, you will be inspired to pay it forward, and the person who receives your kindness will feel the same, so on and so forth.
Kindness also inspires gratitude and makes us more inclined to be grateful, so if you are truly struggling with positive thinking and finding something to be thankful for, do a good deed for someone else — you will notice immediately how great it makes you feel.
4. Take time for yourself
Part of the reason why it’s so easy for us to be miserable is that we place more importance on empty things than we do on the wellbeing of our souls.
Using the example of your job again, if it makes you unhappy, what are you doing to combat that negativity?
Are you setting time aside to focus on your hobbies and passions, or are you vegetating in front of the TV during your downtime?
We often forget that if we have the energy and willpower to slave away for eight or so hours a day with little reward outside of financial gain, we could easily spend an hour or two a day doing what we actually enjoy.
Again, remember the law of attraction — like attracts like.
If you hate your job, but all you ever do in your waking hours is work, you will be unhappy.
However, if you designate certain days or times just for pure pleasure, you will begin to look forward to those moments rather than dread everything else.
You must decide to take care of yourself spiritually because no one else can.
5. Stress less
Imagine stress as fire, and all other negative and unhealthy conditions such as sadness, anger, sleeplessness, depression, anxiety, and addiction as the smoke.
Extinguish the flames and the smoke will dissipate. Fan the flames, and the smoke will thicken.
Stress is usually the sole cause of everything that goes wrong in our lives, and as with emotional distress, it is usually self-inflicted.
If you work too hard, you will be unhealthy. If you sleep too little, you will be exhausted. And if you neglect your family or friends, you will feel lonely.
So why not rid yourself of most negativity by just choosing to relax?
Drink plenty of water, eat balanced meals, exercise, meditate, and enforce a rigid sleep routine on yourself. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, and follow the previous advice of taking time for yourself.
When stress leaves your body, your cells regenerate more efficiently. Less stress is literally more healing.
6. Talk yourself up
Be your biggest fan!
Tell yourself at least once a day that you are beautiful, talented, or just plain awesome. Do this for a while and you will come to believe it.
Pep talks work — they motivate, inspire, and uplift.
There is no reason why you can’t perform pep talks for yourself. You don’t have to exaggerate or lie to yourself, but the simplest way to do this is to view the glass as half-full.
For example, the next time something goes wrong, instead of telling yourself “This is bad,” instead affirm, “I can handle this” or “I will be okay.”
Laugh in the face of sadness (even if it’s forced) and more laughter will follow.
What you tell yourself, you will believe.
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Culled from: Mindvalley