Oct 29, 2012

Changing our Thinking

"The ancient practices of mind-training are quite similar to modern cognitive-behavioral therapies.  We begin to observe our thinking patterns and gradually make changes based on those observations." Dr. Joan Borysenko

Cognitive behavioral therapy is the only therapy which is evidence-based, which means it is the only form of therapy that has been proven to produce results.  Most humans are trapped by their minds.  The habitual thoughts of worry, anxiety, irritation swirl around and consume us and our waking (and perhaps even our sleeping) moments.  The way to be free of being enslaved by negative thought patterns is to change them.  I once heard someone say that if you want to know what God you really worship, notice your thoughts at random.  Whatever you think about the most, is -- in respect to where you put your time and energy -- your God.  If you, like me, do not want worry or any form of negativity to be your God, then you, like me, can change your thoughts.  How?  First, notice at random - checking in periodically throughout the day - to see what your thought content is.  Then, deliberately replace any negative thought with a positive one.  A mantra that works for me is very simple:  "All is well."  I say that over and over to myself to displace thoughts of concern.  What works for you?

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