How To Re-Wire Your Brain To Be More Positive
Did you know most people’s minds, and possibly yours also, tend to occupy negative thoughts about 60% of the time?
For some people it will be even more than that. I know when I was in my late teens and 20’s it was probably more like 85% of the time! I would spend hours listening to wallowing of The Smiths and Siouxsie and the Banshees, and have my head in books by existentialists like Jean Paul Sartre, Charles Bukowski or Albert Camus.
Yep, dark and broody would best describe my life back then!
But things changed for me and can for you too. How would you like to have positive thoughts about 99% of the time?
Well you can.
Two things made a big difference to the way my mind operated. The first thing was meditation, which you’ve heard a lot about from me before. But the other thing was positive affirmations.
Now you maybe thinking “Oh they are so cheesy and just not for me.”
Well I understand because I was the same. But after studying the mind for 20 years now I can surely say, when you combine meditation and positive affirmations you will change the way your mind works. The mind is malleable which is an idea supported by respected writer and author of “The Brain That Changed Itself’ Norman Doige. He says:
“The brain is a far more open system than we ever imagined, and nature has gone very far to help us perceive and take in the world around us. It has given us a brain that survives in a changing world by changing itself.”
So if you’d like to rewire your brain and think more positively, try meditating each day and after each meditation, finish with some new thoughts that will be fresh new data for your mind. This is your step towards having a mind that spends more time in positive territory each day.
Affirmations are statements about you and your life NOW. Not ‘I hope’ or ‘maybe’ or ‘I will’, but AFFIRMATIVE and NOW.
How affirmations work is what you think today, will become your world tomorrow. Buddha once said “All that we are is a result of what we have thought.” So by changing your thoughts today, you will change your world in the future. The key to affirmations really working for you is you need to actually FEEL the idea as a sensation in your body. Hold that feeling, that is, the energy, of the thought.
Patience is needed here. It’s going to take time to rewire deeply conditioned neural pathways to travel along new routes. However if you continue to reshape the way your mind thinks daily, in time it will naturally operate this way. Again to refer to Norman Doige, he says:
“If you want to lift a hundred pounds, you don’t expect to succeed the first time. You start with a lighter weight and work up little by little. You actually fail to lift a hundred pounds, every day, until the day you succeed. But it is in the days when you are exerting yourself that the growth is occurring.”
Some affirmations you may like to try are:
I AM ABUNDANT
I AM VITALITY
I AM LOVE
MY LIFE IS JUST WHERE I NEED TO BE TO GROW
MY LIFE IS AMAZING
MY LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
I FEEL BLISS
I FEEL STRONG
I FEEL MY INNER LIGHT
Give these a try after your meditation session and start to watch how you will feel more positive, act more postive and attract more positivity.
Maybe you have some affirmations that you’d like to share with us that other readers could use? We’d love to hear from you….
And to support you on your path to thinking BIG we have created The Empowerment Series! This powerful three part series on LOVE, ABUNDANCE & LIFE PURPOSE will bring you clarity, strength and support so that you thrive in these three key areas of life. You’ll receive three 1 hour audios, 3 books of the audio and 3 Companion books to write in. After you have experienced The Empowerment Series your life will soar to a new level of excitement and magnificence! Find out more here.