The other day I read about a method called Happy heart. The technique is to repeat positive affirmations and words to yourself as soon as you find yourself in a negative train of thought. This might sound very new agey, but there's actual science behind it. Our brains forms neurological patterns and trails when we think. How we behave and react to our thoughts and experiences forms our brains. The neurological patterns are formed not only by what we experience in our lives but by how we react to these experiences.
The human brain is extremely plastic which means it's possible to change our pattern of thought. This is how cognitive therapy works and also why mindfulness is widely accepted by the medical community today, as a treatment for eg stress, chronic pain and OCD. These methods work by either consciously changing your pattern of thought or stopping yourself from thinking negative thoughts, thus breaking the negative neurological patterns and/or forming new, positive ones.
Positive thinking is not something you achieve in a day or two. The happy heart method recommends repeating positive words for three minutes every time you find yourself thinking negatively. After a few months you will find yourself having less negative thoughts. Mindfulness needs to be practiced consequently and daily, both by exercises in meditation and relaxation and everyday exercises in being fully present and experiencing the now as opposed to thinking about the past or the future.
Have you chosen to use any of these methods, or do you find yourself using them without knowing they are methods developed to promote a positive attitude towards life?
I'm gonna try this Anna :) I'll get back to you with my experience. Great forum.
Thank you dear Anna! Really interesting reading.
Am I wrong in thinking there are some similarities with Buddhism Anna? Just wondering...
It's definitely working. Ironic is, most of us do it all their life, but in a wrong way. Whenever you say "I can't do that", "It doesn't work", "It's hard"... you start an affirmation, which leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy.
There are just some rules you have to follow:
- Make sure you say what you want, not what you don't want
- Use positive words
- Imagine to have what you want already
- Don't use "I WANT..HOPE...WILL" describe the situation which will be in the end as if you already are there
- put as much emotions inside as possible
Your beliefs and affirmations have to accord. If you don't believe what you say, the belief always be stronger. That's the hardest things for most.
As you can see, I also use affirmations and all this stuff is a big hobby for me since in about 25 years. I have done firewalks, experiences in groups and did a lot things to learn and to use it.
Like the words Anna...
Personally I go through life convinced I am awesome even when there is evidence (some would say a lot) to the contrary...
However it seems to work for me...