Have you ever wondered how to have good thoughts? Or, what is a thought anyway? This blog post will answer your questions. Thoughts are the pictures in your head that help you make decisions and feel emotions. When we think negative thoughts, it can lead to depression or anxiety. To avoid these feelings, one of the best things we can do is learn how to control our thoughts through mindfulness meditation and positive affirmations.
“Good thoughts create good things. Bad thoughts create bad things.” – said the Buddha
The idea of having “good thoughts” might seem like a simple task, but it can be more difficult than you think. The human brain is complicated and we often have negative or conflicting emotions that are stronger than our positive ones.
You may have heard the phrase, “Your thoughts create your reality.” It’s true! You can’t control what happens to you in life, but you do have a choice about how you respond. The way that we think determines our feelings and actions. This is why it’s so important for us to cultivate positive thoughts and avoid destructive ones.
Every time you think, the messages going through your mind have a tremendous influence on your reality, opportunities, perspective and relationships.
Thoughts can be either conscious or subconscious – you can be in control of some of them and make a shift towards more positive and healthy patterns.
But your subconscious is more difficult to tackle and it requires releasing negative mental programming and stepping out of your comfort zone in order to make room for a positive, healthy self-image and belief system.
These subliminal thoughts usually manifest themselves as dense feelings or emotions, which is the easiest way to identify what the subconscious is trying to communicate. This also gives you the power to deprogram them, redirecting this energy into a positive thought.
When you repeat this simple technique, your mind will undergo a mental conditioning and automatically flow into a better direction. Start paying attention to negative thoughts towards yourself or others and make the decision to turn them around. There are great positive thinking exercises to help you working with positive words towards yourself and your life and we are trying to provide some easy steps for you here on this site.
Thoughts are powerful energy, they drive your emotions, which drive your behaviors, which ultimately determine our actions and the kind of life we live. They often originate from your childhood and are not reflective of your current, mature and more fully aware state of mind as an adult.
Many of us know habitual streams of negative thoughts like ‘I’m not good enough, I’m not loveable’ and our emotional state reflects these thoughts. When developing a deeper awareness of your thinking, you can make them powerfully benefit you, knowing that you are not your thoughts.
It’s important to connect with your emotions and notice them – even anger, sadness, anxiety or guilt – and understand the root cause. When you feel it becoming strong, close your eyes and go into your breathing and the body, relax the area that holds the emotion and release any tension.
Now, by just observing your feelings and thoughts, you can see them come and go, not always being present. They are like energy that arises periodically, which you can deliberately keep or release, just witnessing them. By naming or defining your thoughts and emotions, you can remain aware that they are separate from you. Remember the simple steps of
Noticing – breathing – shifting, moving, releasing.
Use the power of your mind to remind yourself that you’re only observing while being strong and independent. You are able to manage, using your own power and knowing that events or people may trigger your thinking, but you still have full control over what you think, how you feel and how you respond in any given situation.
You will soon find it natural to create a space of safety between your body and mind, and how you act.
Over time, you will feel and believe, that happiness is actually a choice that you can make. The search for happiness on the outside is based on false projections we place on the world which build up a wall against true joy. The key is to develop a rich inner life to be able to enjoy life altogether. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.
If you let your thoughts run with negativity, your mood will go right with it. Create an inner dialog of ‘I’ve got this, I can do it. I am committed. I am doing my best today’. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish and how much more you will enjoy life if you think positively!
If you’re interested in further reading regarding this topic, make sure you check out the book: The Power of Positive Thinking*