Moment to moment, thoughts and feelings, sensations, beliefs, and desires, flow from the subconscious to the conscious sculpting your nervous system like water gradually carving bridges from one brain cell to another. Your brain is continually changing how it operates and its structure due to the nature of your thoughts.
The only question is: Is it for better or worse?
If the data in the subconscious mind is filled with negative beliefs about yourself, your inner voice will be negative in nature and cause the formation of negative thoughts.
How does that happen? If the majority of your thoughts are negative, as you think them over and over, your brain cells build negative bridges from one brain cell to another. The more bridges are formed which connect more and more brain cells, the faster negative thoughts transmit themselves from one cell to another, and the more bridges are built. If you have positive thoughts, they do not travel across the negative thought bridges any bridge at all. Positive thoughts have to swim from one brain cell to another. So positive thoughts are much slower and labored. Positive thoughts then do not have the same power or influence on how you think as your negative thoughts do. It seems as though you are consistently dominated by negative thinking about yourself.
Build Positive Neural Bridges
Here are some tips on breaking down old negative bridges and building new positive thought bridges.
1. Change your mindset about yourself first
This one is a crucial first step because if you truly love yourself, what other people think of you won’t affect our self-esteem and cause you to doubt or second guess yourself. If you love yourself wholeheartedly, there will be no need to form negative beliefs about yourself from what others say. Those statements will not haunt you like ghosts because you’ll already believe and think positive about yourself. Therefore, you will believe in who you are and know that you’re good enough.
This is hard to do because humans are such social creatures and what others say so easily affects your formations about how you believe in yourself. But with practice, letting go and loving yourself is possible.
Simple things like telling yourself what you love about yourself, forgiving yourself of past mistakes, quitting the shaming process for errors you’ll yet make, being grateful for who you are today, giving yourself a break will help your mind to tear down those negative bridge and begin to build positive neural pathways.
2. Create an intuitive thinking system
Giving your attention to negative thoughts cause your thoughts to become distorted over time. Your negative thoughts then prompt you to react emotionally and form false feelings. The false emotions then cycle back into your mind causing more distorted thoughts, which then drop back into your chest, creating more false emotions.
Intuition is more powerful than intellect. To listen to your intuition, you have turned up the volume of your intuition so you can sense the messages from your intuition and hear your inner voice. Before you can pay attention to your intuition, you first have to be able to listen to it amid the dissonance created by your busy life. You have to stop, slow down and listen, which often requires solitude. One of the primary reasons that some people are more intuitive than others is that they actually hear to their gut feeling instead of dismissing or doubting it. By the way to do that is through intuitive breathing.
Another way is to try something new for 30 days. When a contrary belief about yourself surfaces (like I’m not good enough), ignore it and drop down into your intuition which is present in your gut. Get a “sense” of the belief. Decide whether the belief true or false? If it is false, then reject it by not giving it attention. Create a true sense of “I am good enough.” Take that sense and send it to your heart. Once there an honest emotion will form the belief like “I feel worthy to be good enough.” Once you have the sense and real emotion, then go to your thoughts and think good of yourself. Repeat this process whether a negative belief surfaces in your head.
This intuitive system will help you to build new positive bridges and tear down the old negative bridges. This system of forming thoughts will instill confidence and the formation of new positive beliefs in yourself.
Trying this intuitive system for 30 days will open up your mind to the awareness and appreciation of yourself. This will empower and give you hope the moment and those good things will happen in the future. Your ability to shape the positive thoughts you have dreamed of.
3. Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is a mental state of active, open attention at the moment. When you’re mindful, it allows you to monitor your beliefs, thoughts, and emotions from a distance, without making a judgment about them whether they are good or bad. Mindfulness means living, sensing, thinking and feeling in the moment and becoming aware of experiencing situations happening in the now.
What better way to let go of negative thoughts to live fully and completely aware of the present. Cultivate a sense of gratitude when having thoughts of anxiety, fear, negativism, resentments or regret. When you contemplate on gratitude, anxiety, fear and negativism melt away. The more you practice gratitude, the more your confidence and self-worth grow.
Ways to enhance mindfulness is learning and practicing yoga, meditation and anything that causes your mind more relaxed and more confident.
Live a mindful and intuitive life.
4. Connect with nature
Recent studies have shown that going outside and connecting with nature will shut down the negative thoughts and ruminating centers in your mind.
Just getting outside looking at trees and bushes, walking the dog, feeling the warmth of the sunlight, and breathing fresh air is enough to get you thinking outside of me.
When you focus on the moment and don’t let your past experiences follow you around, you are doing one thing exceptionally well: focusing on yourself. By getting outside and seeing the world around you, you expand your perspectives and strengthen your feelings of being fulfilled.
5. Focus on healthy relationships and a bright future
Lastly, connect with relationships you have which are healthy for you. Connect with others that will enhance your ability to be positive.
As tempting as it is to entertain negative thoughts about yourself with old memories of the past, it is a healthier thing to look at the moment toward a more fulfilling future ahead. Connect with positive and healthy people you have in your life now and the possibility of incredible adventures that will come tomorrow.
It doesn’t matter what happened in the past, don’t look back with regret instead anticipate the possibilities of what you have in front of you now.
You have the ability and power to reshape your thoughts and build new positive thought bridges. It just takes focus, concentration, and an intuitive belief in yourself to accomplish it.
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