“You Are Not A Victim Of Your Biology” – Dr. Caroline Leaf
Dr. Caroline Leaf writes in her best-selling book Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking and Health: “What we think about truly affects us both physically and emotionally. Today our culture is undergoing an epidemic of toxic thoughts that, left unchecked, create ideal conditions for illnesses.”
What a powerful revelation! Of course, the majority of us have heard somewhere in our lives that we need to think positive thoughts and feed our brains healthy information. However, many of us fail to actually do this on a daily basis. Life brings many challenges and experiences which can either foster wholeness or drag us down to the pit of despair. For this reason, we must be intentional about what we read, read and speak daily.
Life brings many challenges and experiences which can either foster wholeness or drag us down to the pit of despair. For this reason, we must be intentional about what we read, read and speak daily.
Be intentional about your thought life. Every thought we have must be evaluated to see whether they truly serve us well and whether they can carry us further. To truly overcome sabotaging behaviors and thoughts we must keep our minds active and healthy. Philippians 4:8 reads, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is fair, whatever is pure, whatever is acceptable, whatever is commendable, if there is anything of excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—keep thinking about these things.” Another version states to “dwell” on these things. This scripture admonishes to perpetually think about those things which are beneficial for us, not those things which are in direct opposition to our purpose and destiny. Sabotaging thoughts and behaviors are enemies of who the Most High wants us to be.
Here are some tips on how you can master negative thoughts:
- Pray daily, casting down all oppositional cognitions
- Eat healthy and drink lots of high-quality water
- Read positive and engaging books, articles – educational and inspirational
- Work on your purpose
- Plan your day – use a planner, calendar
- Allow your painful memories or cognitions to become a catalyst for redirection
- Find a coping skill that works and use it regularly
- Use positive thought replacement and affirmations (Excellent coping mechanism)
- Be patient with yourself
- Speak life to your situations
- Don’t give up
- Find an accountability partner and connect with people who will challenge you to be better
- Repeat these daily
If implemented and practiced regularly, these tips should help you regain focus and redirect any negative thoughts or behaviors you may be exhibiting.
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