Mindful Positivity

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Have you ever paid attention to the things you think? Have you noticed any patterns? I don’t know about your mind, but mine is hardwired into thinking negatively. I’m not sure when this started to happen or why, but I have recently become more mindful of this fact.

I’ve noticed that not only do I think negatively about other people, but that I am extremely negative to myself. “I’m not that smart”. “I can’t think creatively”. “I suck at math”. “I’m never going to find a job”. What is the point to that? Why put yourself down so often? The answer: excuses. We create these excuses to make us believe that we are not able to reach our goals. That way, if we don’t reach our goals, we don’t feel bad.

It’s embarrassing the amount of times that I’ve caught myself thinking things like “life is out to get me” or “of course this is happening, I can’t do anything right”. It seriously disgusts me that I’ve fallen into a habit of thinking about myself so negatively. But imagine I stopped? Imagine if I turned those thoughts into positive ones? I believe that our brains are a lot more powerful than we think. Just think of the possibilities when we convince ourselves that we can do something. “I am smart”. “I feel so happy”. “I am a successful person”. Happiness ensues.

I found a really interesting TED Talk on changing the way you think and rewiring the brain to think more positively. It’s definitely worth a watch:

Are you mindful of your thoughts? How have you started to change the neural pathways in your brain?

6 Questions That Will Change Your Life

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I came across a website. I know, big surprise right? Well, this website is awesome. It’s called Tiny Buddha.

An entry that I found to be very inspiring is called “6 Powerful Questions That Will Change Your Life Forever”. Of course this intrigued me.

Here are the questions and I thought I would share my answers. Go check out that post… it may just change your life forever.

What do I absolutely love in life?

  • Music
  • Cooking
  • Nutrition
  • Learning
  • Documentaries
  • Being outside
  • Writing
  • Photography

What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?

  • Overcoming an eating disorder
  • Overcoming depression/anxiety
  • Meeting the love of my life
  • Keeping a strong connection with my family

What would I stand for if I knew no one would judge me?

  •  Freedom
  • Anti-money
  • A brand new society

If my life had absolutely no limits and I could have it all and do whatever I wanted, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?

  • Travel the world
  • Take pictures of the world
  • Constant learning
  • Be around people I love
  • Never feel pressured to go to work

What would I do if I had one billion dollars?

  • Travel the world
  • Learn
  • Help others around the world
  • Wake up when I wanted to
  • Do whatever I wanted that day
  • Create: make things with my hands: paintings, art, sculptures
  • Write a book
  • Change peoples’ lives

Who do I admire most in the world?

People who are genuinely happy with their lives – not one specific person

 

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