I hope you will all take a few minutes to read this thread. Especially watch the fascinating video of Dr. Masaru Emoto's Water Experiment, which is only a few minutes long, and read Karen's 10 tips on how we can get a handle on our emotions and send positive signals to our bodies.
I was going to post my favorite of the 10 tips here, but they are all fantastic. I would only add to #2 that when my mind gets caught up in circular thinking, and I realize it (It usually takes a few minutes of that kind of thinking for me to realize what I am doing.), I start combating the negative thoughts with what I call intentional thinking.
No matter how hard I try, I can never get myself to just stop thinking about something negative. However, I can intentionally add positive, good thoughts.
So, I might intentionally think of a Bible verse or song that I like a lot, or something I have been reading. I might intentionally think about something I watched on TV or YouTube, or listen to the Bible on YouTube. (David Suchet, who played Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot on PBS has a great reading voice, and reads the Bible on YouTube).
As long as those bad thoughts keep coming, I keep adding good thoughts. The bad thoughts will eventually stop. The truth of the matter is that it usually doesn't take long for that to happen. Once your mind grabs onto an interesting positive thought, it will usually think on it for awhile.
You can't stop negative or scary thoughts from popping into your head, but you don't have to welcome them with open arms. There are things you can do to combat them.
Watch and really think about what is shown in the video below. Try implementing some of the tips and suggestions shown in this thread into your own life.
If anyone has other ideas on how to combat negative thoughts, please post them here. Your ideas might help somebody else.
Philippians 4:6-8 (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Thanks so much for the tip on the Inner Talk recordings. I bought an Mp3 recording off the site but had some problems with downloading...and the transferring to my phone was another whole app that got a little complicated.
However...here's an easy option...Youtube has some of these recordings. I found one about stress that we could all really use...here it is...
It's great! Thanks again for the idea.
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