Most of us experience being on a negative thought train. Learning to be a compassionate and kind conductor can help shift your mindset.
In this exercise, you will be writing out a few things, to simply bring them to your awareness. The best place to start with mindfulness is learning to be more aware and less on auto-pilot.
You will be writing 5 negative things you say about yourself. These things can become habitual if we have not been practicing awareness. Things like:
- I will never be good enough
- How can I be so stupid?
- Things are so unfair
- Life sucks
These are neither kind nor truthful. They do not encompass the full truth, which contains a lot more positive things about you. More often than not, these thoughts are triggered by some event or memory.
More than likely these thoughts have become a habit; built and reinforced by years of conditioning.
By bringing them into your awareness, it opens the door to compassionately and mindfully shift them
Take 3 normal breaths
“feel” the air as it comes in through your nose and out through your mouth
Grab your pen and…….
List 5 negative things you say to yourself
List 5 emotions or body sensations that occur when you write each thought
What are the next 5 things that pop into your mind?
Write 5 things you would say to someone you love if you heard them say these things out loud.
NOW… Ask Yourself
Is there a different way to see this within me?
What is my current perspective hiding from me?
To move forward, what are the 5 things that could replace the original thoughts?