What is YOUR Mind Monkey Saying?

Today’s challenge is going to have to deal with your thoughts. As adults it’s easy to feel like we are out of control of almost everything. What are kids do and say. The obligations we have at work. Shoot, it can even be when you get up and when you get to go to bed.

But…. the thing is there is one thing, regardless of the situation or the circumstance we can control and that’s our thoughts.

What we think about and, more importantly our perceptions of those thoughts can have a huge impact on our day-to-day life.

This week we’re going to focus on the conversation that we’re having with our self, in our heads :-). Yes…. you know you talk to yourself and so does everybody else, don’t get weird about it :-).

As the Buddhists would say, everyone has a, “Mind Monkey.”

The key is,  we need to start paying attention to what this Mind Monkey is saying or not saying. If we pay attention to how we’re talkin to ourselves it can be very revealing and helpful.

The sad part, is often we are amazingly negative about ourselves and about the situations that we are currently in. If half the stuff that we thought about came true, we would have all be living in caves.

The trick is, when our thoughts become negative we need to do a 180 and not only stop our negative thoughts, but we need to replace them with positive ones.

The cool part about our minds, is we generally have the power to do just that. We can think our way from a negative standpoint, to a positive standpoint.

On the flip side, if you allow it, negativity and pessimism can become a habit of thinking. If this already consumes you, it’s going to take some patience and some work to get out of this thinking habit/pattern. So be prepared to work.

As Marcus Aurelius says, “The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.”

Here’s another item that most people don’t realize. Your mind can only focus or think about one thought at a time. So, if you’re actively being mindful of your thoughts, you can change the negative conversations that your mind monkey is telling you. This will allow you to interpret your world in a more positive light and make you feel much better and not as judgmental about yourself and others.

So, your weekly challenge is two fold.

  1. Pay attention to the conversations your mind monkey is telling you.
  2. Shift those negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones instead.

 

Go be awesome!

KELLEN LAKE – I think I can.

PS – What do you think? Are you up for the challenge? Let me know.

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