Atherial’s January mantra is to manifest. As I was reading about manifesting one theme kept popping up – the importance of positive thinking.
Our thoughts guide our emotions and our emotions guide how we perceive the world. If we fill our mind with worry and fear, we will feel distraught and go through life with feelings of worry and fear. However, if we practice mindfulness and cultivate gratitude, we will go through life with a sense of gratitude for the people around us and the events that happen. So how can we bring more positivity to our thoughts?
Part 1 – Controlling the Thoughts
The mind must be exercised just like any other part of our body or else it will become unwell. When we exercise the body, we also exercise the mind. It takes a bit of mental willpower to go to the gym consistently week after week. It takes even more mental willpower to continue doing a difficult exercise when it would be easier to stop and watch TV. But when we stay with it and work through the uncomfortable, we work our mind and become stronger both mentally and physically.
I found a great quote by John Lennon. He says “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we are open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to love ourselves first, in all our glory and all our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
Let’s take a moment now and do an exercise. First write down or think about something in your life that causes you fear. When you think about that fearful thing, what emotions come up for you? How does your body respond? Take a moment to notice the sensations and feelings that come up for you when you think about this thing that causes you fear. Name those things. You might think to yourself, “my breath becomes shorter when I think about this”, or “I feel like my heart is racing”. Notice whatever it is that comes up for you and then sit with those feelings and sensations for a moment. Feel them. After a few moments, let them go. Inhale deeply through the nose, exhale and sigh it all out. That is how we build presence and hold space for uncomfortable moments.
Now that we’ve identified our fears, let’s take a moment to reset how we respond to them. As we invite in more positive thoughts, we are able to manifest more positive outcomes. Again call that fearful image to your mind. This time, inhale deeply and invite in a sense of gratitude. As you exhale, feel a sense of peace washing over you. Again, inhale gratitude and exhale peace while keeping this image in your mind. Repeat this breath cycle a few more times, until you notice your fear-based responses dissipate. Imagine the situation resolving itself in a positive way. This is how we can begin to rebuild our responses in a positive way.
Part 2 – Creating a Vision
So if we want to manifest something positive for our life, we have to think positively. But that’s only one part of the solution – we also need a vision. What do you want to manifest? It’s January so reflecting on new year’s resolutions may be one way to identify your desires for the new year. Others like making vision boards. Some people like to journal and write down their thoughts on paper as they come to mind.
Our Journal & Manifest Workshop series will help you identify your goals in a positive and supportive way. Reba, a certified life coach, and Brittanie, a holistic health practitioner, will guide you through this journey in a mindful way. Plus, if you sign up for more than one of these workshops, they’ll hold you accountable to your goals.
Let’s make 2019 the year of health and good fortune. By improving our though patterns and being mindful in our goals, we can manifest a brighter reality.