I read a thoughtful post by Tracie Carlos today about complaining and shifting your thoughts. I think a lot about mental patterns. I come from long lines of worriers/complainers on both sides of my family. Among many of them I think they actually feel that’s what’s interesting and I definitely imprinted the pattern in the core of me. It’s been one of the toughest things in all these years of working on “creating reality” or Law of Attraction.
While I agree with Tracie that we can change our minds, I have yet to make a complete shift. It isn’t that I don’t sincerely want to be positive in my thoughts but I’ve never figured out how to completely break the pattern. I’ve made huge inroads. Meditation has helped a lot. Affirmations have helped a lot. Mindfulness has helped a lot though I’ve never become so consistently mindful that I’m monitoring my thoughts at all times. Gratitude practice is also a boon.
One thing I’ve been up to for about a year-and-a-half–sporadically–has been looping a playlist of Dick Sutphen’s affirmation recordings in the background (i.e. so softly it’s almost subliminal) on the computer that’s either in my lap or sitting next to me a great deal of the time. I wandered away from it for quite a while and a few weeks ago realized that I’d been forgetting to put it on. This time I could really tell what a difference it made in my general thinking to have all those positive messages streaming for eight or ten hours a day. See below for another post I wrote about it.
I have the list on Spotify, so you can check it out to see if it helps you.
With all the various practices I’ve improved. And I can now catch myself pretty quickly and shift my thoughts in a more positive direction. But I’ve never stopped the negative thoughts from arising.
I still don’t have a formula that guarantees a change of mental patterns and I seriously don’t get how some people seem to just flip a switch and become positive thinkers. Have to admit I wonder if all the thoughts in their heads are as positive as what they say out loud… I know I’m not alone in having ingrained childhood patterns plus generations of cellular memory adding up to deep mental patterns of worry, complaining and negativity. Has anyone else figured out some great way to shift all that? And no, lobotomy doesn’t count :>) Do you have one thing that does it for you or is it a combination?