Positive Thinking; Does It Work?

June 1, 2010 by  
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Flowers Carolina 2I believe in positive thinking.  I believe in our ability to truly change ours lives.  I believe in finding a level of contentment in life where we feel mostly inspired.  But I also believe in building a life on a solid foundation.

I think reading affirmations is a good way to trick our brain into thinking positive when sometimes they might have gone negative.  I think it can actually work for sometime but if a foundation is not there most likely we will either get bored with the affirmations or they will stop working. That’s my beef with the whole just be positive industry.   It offers treatments for the symptoms without offering to treat the “diseases” and affirmations are just an example of that.

We are all on a path of transformation wanting or not, liking or not.  That’s life.  Every second something happens, we make decisions, we have feelings and we interpret stimuli.

Conscientious transformation is when we decide we want to be different and to live life differently.  We decide.  That’s a huge step but a simple one.  All we need to do is to make the decision to live differently.

The “how” can be a bit more complicated because involves acceptance and understanding of who we are and how we feel.  It takes truly befriending ourselves and committing to peel away the layers that have become us with love and honesty.  It also takes courage and humility to truly see ourselves without judgment.

As humans we get to experience the entire rainbow of feelings and emotions but rather than squash them, or beat ourselves down, we have to learn to deal with them in different ways.  For example if we acknowledge our anger without recrimination, peel back the layer and look at the source (maybe an issue of self-esteem) we can build ourselves up because we now know to give ourselves the same love and support we would someone else we loved dearly.

I believe it is then that affirmations or any other type of method for changing our brain responses can have a real impact because they are being applied to a solid foundation.

We are our own master pieces and we have our entire life time, however long that is, to make the most beautiful and accomplished work we can and every challenge is a chance to discover a new way to sculpt.

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