“Our thoughts are things.”
Have you ever taken the time to pay attention to all the thoughts you think on a daily basis? This is an important step in connecting to yourself and cultivating your self worth.
It’s important to stop the constant tape of negative thoughts that is running through your head. Below I’ve provided an exercise to start shifting your thoughts to positive loving thoughts!
Most of us walk around not even aware of what we’re thinking! The monkey mind takes over, running endless loop, and these messages are often not so kind. Left unchecked, we can get caught in a negative spiral that robs us of our self worth and keeps us way out of touch with who we really are. The thoughts might sound something like…
“I’ll never lose this weight.”
“I look horrible today.”
“I’m such an idiot…why did I say that?”
Although it might be a bit painful at first, the good news that once you have awareness of the thoughts, you can start to shift them from self-loathing and negative to loving and positive. The truth is that this negative voice is not who we really are. When we become the watcher of our thoughts, we create space that allows us to see this reality, and instead we’re able to connect with our deeper self.
Let’s get started…
Jot down all the negative thoughts that run through your mind for a day or two. Look through the list and choose the top two or three negative thoughts that you see occur the most often. Write them down below.
Example: I’m so stupid. I’m so ugly. Why did I just say that…what is wrong with me?
Negative thought #1:__________________________________________________
Negative thought #2:__________________________________________________
Negative thought #3:__________________________________________________
Now write down a positive affirmation below for each one of the thoughts you just identified. Remember to use the tips above in creating affirmations.
Example: I have the perfect intelligence for me. I have beautiful blue eyes. I show up as my authentic self in every area of my life.
For the next week, say each positive thought to yourself. Make this a daily affirmation practice at least once a day. It might help to keep them in an index card.