Question the thought...
If we want a joyous life, we must think joyous thoughts, if we want a peaceful life, we must think peaceful thoughts. Learning how to QUESTION the thought is a powerful tool in creating a conscious connection with spirit and activating awareness of present moment. So where to start ? I spent years with affirmations all over my house- and I believe in the power of reflection and mindful, consistent words...but the deep rooted BELIEFS I held about myself inevitably surfaced and would take over in any stressful moment or any situation of uncertainty. I needed tools to begin to look at these belief systems that were running my life- consciously or not.
Distorted thoughts, lead to distorted beliefs- which inevitably control our reactions and behaviors in our lives. Many of the distorted thoughts begin with : I should, shouldn't, ought to, and have to. A powerful tool in reversing a deep rooted belief is to take it apart to see where the distortion lies. First, write down the thought that is causing the undesirable situation: " I should exercise every day ! ". Begin by looking at what emotions this thought brings up ( hopelessness, discouragement, pessimism, inferiority), and get it on paper. Then write 10 statements that you believe to be true that counteract this thought:
1. I am happiest when I don't obsess about exercise
2. The body needs a day of rest to restore
3. I am working on loving myself as I am ( I will not write an affirmation like : "I love myself as I am" UNLESS I BELIEVE it !
4. I am learning how to live my life in moderation and peace
You continue to write 10 statements then read each one aloud. How much do you believe each statement ? Write a percentage beside each thought. For example : 1. I am happiest when I don't obsess about exercise- 98 %.
If you find any statements where the belief is very low, create a more believable statement. In completing the exercise, look at your original thought " I should exercise every day". Create a more DESIRABLE thought ! A thought you know believe to be true.: " I will be mindful in my decision to exercise and I commit to moderation".