Redirect Your Reach

I really needed to read this quote.

Sometimes I think we all fall victim to entering into a pity party. I’m not saying this to make anyone feel guilty, but to merely point out a reality that we all face.

Its so easy to get caught up in what is not going right for us to the point that we lose sight of everything that is. The danger here is when we start to dwell on this negative train of thought.

How can we receive the good if we don’t see the good? How can we attract positive energy if we are only ever emitting negative energy? There is a quote that says “be the energy you want to attract“, how true that is.

There are certain aspects of my life that are presently not going according to plan. And ohhh how I love to plan. I realize that plans need flexibility so I am doing my best to accommodate this. However, it’s fair to say that I was focusing on what I didn’t have rather than everything that I do. And needless to say, my mood was a reflection of that, of course I can factor in my mood and my bipolar but my train of thought has been a lethal accomplice so I will duly take responsibility. (going back to my last post – this is why I am so excited to do service; service emits positive energy which is a deliberate step in the right direction that I can take).

I think positive thinking is something that we have to train our minds to do. Thinking is an action word and positive thinking is an intention. Thus, as a whole positive thinking is intentional thinking. Negative thinking is intentional thinking. We just have to choose deliberately what intention we are choosing to act with.

Cognitive behavioural therapy has been a part of my life for the past few years. With all my sessions, I have taken what was taught and applied it to my life with action. The intention of going to therapy was to improve my mental health – to have a healthy relationship with myself and others. That was the intention and the only way I was going to achieve that was with the action of implementing what I learned.

Because of the action I’ve taken and continue to take, I now live a life that I consider to be healthy both with myself and those around me. I am constantly seeking to improve it and I find that when I am self aware and acting with my intention I am at my best. Its hard to move forward in life when we are stuck with our negative thoughts, negative thoughts are shackles that limit where and how far we go. Luckily, we are our own prison guard with the key to unlock those shackles; it’s ultimately up to us and no one else. HOW AMAZING IS THAT! Just think about it for a minute, that is true power.

Consider your own thoughts, and how long you dwell on them. One thing my therapist always tells me is to “acknowledge how you feel”. So of course, that means taking the good with the bad. Do not shame yourself for having negative feelings or thoughts, but do not let them over run your life. Let them come and let them go. Acknowledge how you feel. We can’t be happy all the time. It’s not possible and that’s okay. But just remember that if you feed into negativity – that is what you will be searching out as fuel for your mind, body and soul. And if you feed into positivity that is what you will alternatively be searching out as fuel to your mind, body and soul.

If negativity is an orange and positivity is an apple, you can’t keep reaching for the orange thinking it will turn out be or taste like an apple. You need to redirect your reach.

Ask yourself what your intention is, do you want the apple or the orange and then act on it. Nothing comes to pass without intentional thinking and then action.

Just a little food for thought. Pun totally intended.

I want the good in my life, so I am looking for the good in my life. I want positivity to surround me, so I am working on being positive, BUT again I want to emphasize being positive doesn’t mean you have to be happy 100% of the time. That’s not realistic nor is it healthy. Take the good with the bad. When it comes to negativity don’t dwell and you will excel. Cheesy but true.

– Steph

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