I hope you had a happy 4th of July and were able to enjoy the many festivities the holiday provides us. July 4th, 1776 was a historic and life changing moment for America when Thomas Jefferson, and members of the continental congress drafted the Declaration of Independence. Fun Fact: The actual date of the final signing was August 2nd, 1776. We became free from British monarchy and life in America became happy and free; or did it? As Thomas Paine once stated: "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom muse, like men undergo the fatigue of supporting it”. So - are we truly free?
Let's look at our freedom another way and change the wording from: "The land of the free” to: "The mind of the free” and ask yourself four questions:
Am I truly living a free and happy life within my current frame of mind?
Am I free of negative thoughts of myself and others?
Am I happy where I am in life?
Am I curious and accepting of others that have different opinions than my own?
If you said no to at least one of the above questions, you may not be living your full potentiality. A beautifully said quote from Emma by Jane Austen~ ” Half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. Peter Mc Williams stated that “ If you want peace, stop fighting. If you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts”.
A person has roughly 60,000 thoughts per day and of these 80% are negative. With stats like that It's amazing we make it through the day with our jobs, friends, family, and mind intact. It's easy to see why negative self talk takes over our better judgment and at times hampers our freedom of mind and happiness. Become aware of the thoughts you have throughout your day and see if you are harboring more negative thoughts than you would like. When a negative thought pops up, ask yourself “Is it true?” (Byron Katie has changed peoples lives by asking them that one simple question).
We are able to change a negative or defeating thought by replacing it with a more appropriate and positive thought. One way we can replace a negative with a positive is by using positive affirmations. I know you've heard it before, but have you actually put it into practice? For every negative thought thought, word said, or deed done, it takes ten positive thoughts to cancel out that one negative thought – TEN! If you'd like to be on the receiving end of your positive affirmations, you will have to say more than ten. It may make you think twice about wanting to think negatively if you have to work so hard to overcome the nonconstructive thought in the first place. Another way to look at it would be from the mind of JimMorrison~ “If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel”. Enjoy your journey to freedom...
Hypnosis is an excellent way that you can change negative thought patterns with more appropriate inner thoughts.
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