Our brains are such busy little things, always looking for something to notice to comment on, to judge. When we think a lot about something, like “I don’t have enough money” “I don’t have enough time” “I’m lonely, I don’t like my body, I’m clumsy…” our brains start looking for things to notice so they can validate those thoughts. And we start seeing all kinds of things that seem to validate our belief.
So what if we flipped it around? What if we started telling ourselves that life is easy, there is always enough, I am beautiful just as I am… Suddenly, as if by magic we start seeing things that validate that new belief. Our brains start looking for proof of the positive; suddenly you notice a stranger is smiling, the client who’s late gives you time to take a deep breath and stretch, you walk past a window and see the beauty of the clouds instead of the cloudy sky, you find a quarter on the sidewalk…
I invite you to try this experiment. For the next week, look for things to appreciate. Constantly, all day, keep your eagle eye and judgemental brain on the lookout for cool things to appreciate and be grateful for. When you find yourself slipping back into negativity, remind yourself that you are performing an experiment, and appreciate yourself for catching yourself.
Be ruthless in your pursuit of the positive. When negative thoughts come, toss them out the window and look for something, anything that reminds you that life is good and we are blessed. It’s really not hard to find things when you instruct your brain to start looking.
I’d love to hear how your week goes. I am taking the challenge as well, and beginning by appreciating all of you and the gift of our connection.
In appreciation, Carol