Saturday, 23rd June 2018
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Hoover those bad thoughts away!

Every single day, I say positive affirmations, to combat the negativity that is all around us – illness, disease, stress, bad news stories, gossip, politics and so on. Now that’s not to say that some of these negative things might not be justified – it’s just that personally I do not want to spend my day feeling down or being depressed at how other behave, or how the system has failed us in so many ways.

Last thing at night, I consciously detox the unwanted thoughts that I don’t really want in my head. I imagine a vacuum cleaner over my head, but rather than picking up the dust and dirt, it efficiently hoovers up all the negative energy that might affect my sleep and how I feel in the morning. This process works for me!

Affirmations are like seeds: everything depends on where they are planted. In a rich soil and environment, there will be growth in abundance. But in a poor soil and environment, neither will thrive.

The more you choose to think thoughts that make you feel good, the quicker the affirmations work. The way you choose to think right now is your choice. You may not realise it because you have thought in a certain way for so long, but you really do have a choice. If you worry a lot, even when you have nothing to worry about, you may actually worry about why you are not worrying!

I wake up every morning with gratitude for being here, for being alive, and for being able to breathe in and breathe out. It’s actually impossible to hold this awareness 100% of the time, but as far as possible, maybe 75% of the time, I try to stay aware of how I am feeling. If I feel sad, and I don’t know why, I just stop right there. I take three deep breaths in and out, and imagine that hoover above my head, removing the negative thoughts, and creating space for more positive ones that are kinder to me. I’ll then choose an affirmation to suit the situation:

"I balance my life between work, rest and play. They all get equal time."

"I am grateful to be alive today. It is my joy and pleasure to live another wonderful day."

"I am willing to ask for help when I need it. I always choose the health professional who is just right for my needs."

Say "stop" to negative thoughts and ask that the situation you are wanting is working out for your highest good, and that out of this situation, only good will come. Also ask that you are kept safe at all times and say to yourself "All is well in my world."

A final note on affirmations: they should always be positive. If you say to yourself "I choose to stop thinking negative thoughts" you will focus on the last two words. But if you say "I choose to think positively" the effect is completely different!

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