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Apr 26

The Mind

The mind is the place where we process all the experiences of the body and decide what is real for us.  Much of what happens in the mind is a result of what’s happening in the physical body but the opposite is also true.  Learning to quiet the mind and choose a new way of thinking is one of the most powerful tools we have in recovery.  You can use your thoughts to change your life.
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”  ~ Buddha

As you can see from the quote above the idea that thoughts are things is more than a New Age fad.   Your perception is your reality so the thoughts that occupy your mind on a regular basis have a tendency to express themselves in the world around you.  Many of us are recovering from loss or depression and find it very difficult to imagine being able to change the landscape of the mind.  Here is a simple place to start.  The idea of being able to change your state has been explained in detail by many famous authors and motivational speakers – I think the phrase was coined by Tony Robbins actually – so there is an abundance of information on this topic.  This is also the primary goal of all yogic practice.  As we learn to let go and quiet the mind we make space for new and healthy thought patterns.

The basic idea is that you can’t really think of more than one thing at once.  If you put all your attention on something else the uncomfortable thoughts will recede.  There are more ways to change your state of mind than I could possibly list but whether it’s through repeating positive affirmations or jumping up and down  the unhealthy thoughts will inevitably fade even if only for a few moments at first.  This is a process, it takes a while to change habitual negative thinking but the beauty lies in the fact that there is some immediate relief.   Contrary to what many might think we do have control over our thoughts, simply recognizing that fact is often an enormous help in turning things around.  Some great ideas for changing your state include yoga, meditation, journaling, any physical exercise, EFT, concentrating on your own breath and getting outside and enjoying nature.  We’ll discuss lots of ideas here for positive thinking in future posts.  In the meantime check out the resources page for books and links to get you started.

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