Have you ever heard of the phrase, What I focus on will grow? The more we pay attention to something, the more it expands. Truly. The more you focus your attention on the bad and ugly, the more you will notice the bad and ugly around you. And the worse you will feel. I am not suggesting that you live in ignorant bliss; however, I am suggesting that maybe you break the negative thought cycle that occurs sometimes and perhaps try to find the good and positive in things such that your way of thinking, feeling, and being expand in that direction? I believe the ability to do so is an antidote to feeling overwhelmed when “life happens.” It’s like you are building a muscle that is going to be there for you as a way of existing in the world when something challenging comes your way. Reframing our negative thoughts doesn’t always happen in perfect motion, but the point is to try. And if this doesn’t come naturally to you today, in time and with practice, it will. There is so much good in the world, and our work lies in tapping into the part of ourselves (our True selves) that is able to believe that love and light is abundant all around us. This is my challenge for today, to try to notice something good about the day, big or small. Breathe in, breathe out, and set that intention. Be open to surprising yourself!
If you are struggling with where to start with this practice, or need a partner to help you work on reframing the negative thoughts, the counselors at Life Skills Resource Group can help. Please call us at 407-355-7378 for a free phone consultation with one of our skilled professionals.